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Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? (2007)

Teri Horton , Harry Moses  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Teri Horton
  • Directors: Harry Moses
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVI0EY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,367 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?" on IMDb

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Ex-60 Minutes producer Harry Moses made Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?, a favorite documentary film at festivals in 2006. Like an extended 60 Minutes segment, the film presents all aspects of the drama surrounding San Bernadino resident Teri Horton's ten year crusade to certify that her thrift store art purchase is an authentic Jackson Pollock painting worth $60 million. The story, hilarious because of Horton's vibrant, spitfire personality, and because of the absurd lengths she has gone to prove skeptical Pollock experts wrong, extends into a larger sociological discussion of art historical fraud. Gathering forensic evidence to battle art critics and collectors, Horton's attempt to buck the system, which requires provenance and a paper trail to qualify artwork, seems lame. Early on, for example, she claims that the painting was made in a bar at ski resort Mt. Baldy, where several movie stars were snowed in and forced to make artwork together culminating in Pollock's signing the painting with his penis. Interviewed, she explains why she's declared war on the established, discriminatory "art world." As the plot thickens, the viewer chuckles at its absurdity, but also sympathizes with this clever woman who, if anything, deserves some payment simply for her dedication to the cause. --Trinie Dalton

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When Teri Horton, a 73-year-old former long-haul truck driver with an eighth grade education bought a painting in a thrift shop for five dollars, she didn't know that it would pit her against the most powerful people in the art community and perhaps forever change the way art is authenticated around the world. Who The #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? is a rollicking adventure that documents a 15-year war with the art world's inner circle, lifts the veil on how art is bought and sold in America and introduces audiences to the funny, profane and utterly unforgettable Teri Horton.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trucker momma proves the emperor has no clothes! June 16, 2007
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This film just tickled me; delightfully done with a light touch, it pits a down-to-earth dumpster-diving trucker named Teri Horton against a pretentious boatload of art world snobs, and she proves (in the words of a famous author) that they don't know their scrotums from Kentucky-fried-chicken. The film stands up well as a documentary, covering a lot of ground to interview witnesses who knew Pollock, as well as forensic, art, and legal experts. Bottom line is that the fingerprint and other physical evidence pointing to the authenticity of the painting is just overwhelming; if this were a murder case, there would be more than ample evidence to send someone to the electric chair. The only thing standing between Ms. Horton and $50,000,000 (the estimated value of the painting if it were deemed authentic) is a bunch of arrogant blowholes who can't utter a single coherent or persuasive sentence in support of their position that the painting is a fake. If I ever had any doubts about the credibility of the art world, this certainly settled the issue once and for all. As for Teri, a phenomenally feisty, if complicated and self-destructive woman, she makes one of the most interesting lead characters I've encountered in fact or fiction.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but the Devil is in the Details August 10, 2010
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I couldn't help but cheer for Horton as she brushed up against snobby art world academia while viewing this documentary, but it's not very hard to realize that art world jerkfaces don't make her painting an authentic Pollock. Horton begins by saying she just wants to find out if the painting is real or not, but by the end of the film she's shifted to accepting nothing less than $50 million for it. A similar pattern of behavior can be found throughout the film in the attitudes of Horton's forensic expert, Biro, who says something to the tune of, "How can I prove this is a Pollock," rather than, "I'd like to find conclusive evidence either way." The lack of objectivity on Teri's part is understandable, the lack of it from an independent "expert" is not.

This film was made in 2006. I watched it in 2010. With the credits still rolling, I wondered if Teri ever wound up selling her piece, so I hit google for a little follow-up. First stop: wikipedia, where I found that her last offer was $9 million. She turned it down. Then I started uncovering all sorts of troublesome information.
* Biro has been accused of fraud and forging forensic evidence (more than once).
* FineArtRegistry . com launched an independent investigation into the fingerprint evidence, from a bona-fide fingerprint expert with decades of experience in the justice system.
* He went to Pollock's studio and collected the very same samples Biro used. He identified massive problems with Biro's "conclusive" evidence, including heavy doctoring of the fingerprint photo, and a lack of evidence matching the two prints (apparently the 3 match points would never be enough to convict anyone of anything in a criminal court setting).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fair and Real June 11, 2007
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I am an artist of thirty years and consider myself well-read and aware in regards to artworld issues and painting, my main form of expression. Having grown up with people who became the world's most profound art critics once they got a little alcohol in them and who regularly counseled me that what I was learning in art school was all wrong, I found this DVD quite fun. It was fair to both the experts and the philistines.

I am sure that the experts will seem quite funny to a lot of folks. Yes, it looks weird the way elderly men twist and dance in front of Teri's painting to visually test it for it's possible Pollockness. But, those feelings are ironic in the context of this story. While experts are questioned as to how they know what they know, other experts are touted as being experts, and therefore right. I suppose it is a matter of expert against expert.

This DVD has something for everyone. Beyond its entertainment value, it offers a great lesson in how artworks are authenticated. It also offers an insight into the world of people who decide what we will see in museums, a world that almost none of us has anything to do with. Finally, it's a real kick for those persons who would love to tell off artworld experts once they get a little lit. You get to watch Teri Horton do this with great verve.

Personally, I'm on the side of the artworld experts. But, you can decide for yourself. Whether you laugh more at the experts or Teri, you will get some good chuckles out of this DVD. Watch it! :-)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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On the surface of it, 'Who The #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?' is the struggle of 73-year-old Teri Horton, a retired long-haul truck driver, to authenticate her five dollar flea market find as a genuine Jackson Pollock painting. As the film progresses though, the emphasis subtly shifts from recording Teri's authentication efforts to highlighting how the established art world dismissed her claim based solely on her outsider status. From their perspective, she's a kook, one who's wasting their time with a pipe dream of having found a fifty million dollar painting in a thrift store. To her, their refusal even to return her phone calls when she began her quest was tantamount to a declaration of war. So she enlists the help of Peter Paul Biro, a forensic specialist, and Tod Volpe, a former art dealer to Hollywood film stars - who had also served two years in prison for defrauding those same celebrities.

As I watched this film, and as the filmmakers documented the evidence to support Horton's claim, I began to feel amazed at the colossal dunderheads who were refusing to consider seriously the authenticity of Horton's painting. The smug egoism of Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, was especially infuriating, and the sheep-like mentality of the rest of the establishment, who marched in lock-step with Hoving's - and others - verdict that her painting was not genuine, imparted at least some of the frustration that Teri must have felt during her years-long battle. However, after reflection, and some slight internet research, I have fewer convictions now than I had at the film's conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A FUNNY AND INSIGHTFUL FILM
I saw this movie after reading a review of it. It depicts what pompous and arrogant know-it-alls populate the "art world. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Anne Grogan
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging Convention and stereotypes..
Enjoyed this film very much- highly recommended. The heroine is a gritty, engaging character, not your average art enthusiast, whose world is enhanced by this special find.
Published 13 months ago by Jane Mosher
4.0 out of 5 stars How stupid can art "experts" be?
Learned she wouldn't take any price for the art. Interesting how shallow art "experts" can be with absolute facts in identifying a person's art.
Published 15 months ago by Norma F. Gillespie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Masquerade
Interesting enough documentary. I don't think it matters whether Teri Horton believes her painting is a genuine Pollock or not - she is a semi-retired truck driver who didn't even... Read more
Published on September 11, 2012 by Timegoesby
1.0 out of 5 stars Trailer Trash meets Liars and Criminals
Watching this movie is like being invited to join the worst sort of low life's consorting over a dog fight in some garage on the wrong side of town....not entertaining..... Read more
Published on July 6, 2012 by Science Minded
5.0 out of 5 stars A splatter's worth 1,000 words.
WHO THE [BLAZES] IS JACKSON POLLOCK (2006) is the simple story of Teri Horton, a brash, tough little former trucker and grandmother. Read more
Published on March 27, 2011 by E. Hernandez
2.0 out of 5 stars Horton: Amusing Character; The Painting: Not
I have an extended meditation here, but the bottom line is this: the film is scientifically dumb and manipulative. Read more
Published on July 4, 2010 by Johann Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars A Film about Epistemology, Art, and Culture
Thinking this was a documentary about Jackson Pollock, I borrowed it from a local library. It turns out to be more of a real-life mystery than a study of Pollock, the man or his... Read more
Published on January 14, 2010 by Douglas Groothuis
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating exploration of the art world
This is a splendid documentary that reveals a great deal about the art world, about its exclusivity, its disdain for outsiders, and its inherent irrationality. Read more
Published on November 13, 2009 by Robert Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Documentary
This is without a doubt the most entertaining and fascinating documentary I've ever seen! A "Rocky Balboa" story with a down to earth female truck driver as the underdog star. Read more
Published on July 25, 2009 by C. Rollo
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