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Alexander Calder

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A co-production of American Masters and Florentine Films/Sherman Pictures, Alexander Calder is the definitive portrait of the inventor of the mobile. This acclaimed film shows Calder at work in his studio, and features never-before-seen archival films and photographs. It includes contemporary shooting of dozens of works, seen as Calder meant them to be viewed, in dynamic motion. Interviewees include: Arthur Miller, Ellsworth Kelly, I.M. Pei, Brendan Gill, Marla Prather, David Ross, Calder's daughters and grandson, Sandy Rower, and others.

The film received rave reviews, including Pick-of-the-Week status in People and an "A" in Entertainment Weekly. Sherman made an appearance on Charlie Rose, during which Rose called the film "an extraordinary American masterpiece." Legendary agent Robby Lantz said it was "a masterful movie portrait," and Susan Lacy, executive producer of American Masters, described it simply as "the best artist portrait I've ever seen."

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"An extraordinary American masterpiece." --Charlie Rose

"[3.5 stars out of 4] Director-cinematographer Roger Sherman and writer Thomas McNamee do a wonderful job exploring and explaining the inspiration behind the artist. Very entertaining. Like Calder's art, this American Masters special is self-assured and singularly delightful." --NY Daily News

"Director Roger Sherman removes the crust of kitsch from the artist who invented all those pretty mobiles...Sherman offers beautiful old footage of Calder showing his wire-sculpted toy circus to a group of wowed surrealists, plus an art-historical perspective from interviewees ranging from a garrulous Arthur Miller to eloquent National Gallery of Art curator Marla Prather." --Entertainment Weekly

Product Details

  • Actors: Alexander Calder, Arthur Miller, Ellsworth Kelly, I.M. Pei, Brendan Gill
  • Directors: Roger M. Sherman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 60
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2014
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IEM9GX8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,235 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I've seen a lot of documentaries on artists in my studies of art and photography over the past 10 years. This piece alone stands out above almost all other documentaries that I've ever had the opportunity to view before. Calder is the father of the mobile, in terms of school he's the father of the solar system that you'll help your kid learn to make in grade school.

His parents were artists and he studied engineering...only to wind up an artist himself.

You NEED to see this if you have any hope of future in art, you need to know the man who created more works of art in his life time than days he was alive.
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Alexander Calder is one of those artists you thought you knew - oh, sure, mobiles and all that - but this film will truly engage you. The story of his unbridle-able creativity comes through every frame. The photography is excellent, the narration superb, and if you want to know American Art and don't know Calder's story you are missing a huge chunk of it.
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Beautifully made film about one of the great figures of American art of the modern era. Glorious photography and marvelous story telling, this is the kind of film that made the American Masters series so great.

Highly recommended!
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We owned a VHS dubbed copy and when I saw it was finally on DVD, I ordered one for us and fore ach of our daughters! A fabulous show!
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