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Alice Neel

2007

NR
4.8 out of 5 stars (21) IMDb 8.1/10

Alice Neel (1900-1984), one of the great portrait painters of the 20th century, reinvented the genre by expressing the inner landscape of her subjects, who included luminaries such as Andy Warhol, Bella Abzug, and Allen Ginsberg as well as her neighbors in Spanish Harlem. Made by her grandson, Andrew Neel, this very personal film captures her struggles as a female artist, a single mother, and a painter who defied convention. With unlimited access to photos, video, art, and letters, Neel reveals a portrait of the artist consistent with the themes of intimacy, family, and survival that were so central to her work.

Starring:
Alice Neel, Michel Auder
Runtime:
1 hour, 22 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Andrew Neel
Starring Alice Neel, Michel Auder
Supporting actors Phillip Bonosky, Chuck Close, Marlene Dumas, Cristina Lancella, Jeremy Lewison, Juan Martinez, Andrew Neel, Hartley Neel, Richard Neel, Linda Nochlin, Robert Storr
Studio New Video
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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I looked up Alice Neel for a homework assignment for a painting class, and found her absolutely fascinating, her life story, and her paintings. The movie is great because it is made by her sons and grandson. It's quirky, but so is she. The great part is you find out what ever happened to Isabella, her daughter, who was taken to Cuba by her x-husband as a baby. I will let you find out for yourself. A great American Artist story. She is my new favorite.
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I caught this at an early screening by the film department at the College of Santa Fe. Neel had a unique ability to capture the essence of a person. Unfortunately, she fell beneathe the radar of public notice in recent years. The film drags a bit, but is a "must see" for anyone who cares about art and the true (not just representational) portrait of another human being.
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This film is an insightful mix of personal accounts from those who knew Alice Neel, images of her work, and footage of the artist herself. I've seen countless documentaries on many artists - and this ranks among the best. Made by Neel's grandson, some older footage had to have been taken by his father, Neel's son. At the heart of this work is a desire to tell the honest, real account of Alice Neel's life. I especially liked how the well filmed interviews seemed to mirror those sessions Neel had when she painted her subjects. At times, hand held camera work and lighting from spotlights perhaps similar to those she would use helped increase a sense of connection with the interviewed sitter. New images of her paintings, often revealingly somewhat close-up, were very well filmed and integrated perfectly into the older historic footage to help point how her artworks are with us now in the present - always ever relevant. She was a wonderful artist and humanitarian.
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I love this bio of Alice Neel. I've always loved her work, how she painted us as we are, the beauty of the whole with its shadows and losses and fears, our particularity. The film is wonderfully like the woman and her art. It's a straightforward biography pieced together out of old photos, paintings, and old and new interviews, in a sense leaving nothing out, whether it flatters Alice or not. There is a satisfying number of glimpses of Alice herself, whose blunt, perceptive talk and native clarity were leavened with humor and affection. I love her even more now than I did before, and I now also love her family, who are a testament to her truth as an individual--she did what mattered most to her, she was true to herself. That's so difficult to do, especially for women. She suffered for it, and others suffered for it, but who the hell said you could get out of suffering in this life? She did her time, she made the very best of her life, as ragged as life really is, and I love her for it.
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I saw this documentary in San Francisco at a movie theatre and loved it. It is terrific to have my own copy and to be able to see Alice's paintings either on my large tv or smaller computer screens.
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Ever since I saw her art over ten years ago, I was intrigued. She was a very interesting and talented artist, who was born and lived way before her time. Just to think she was born about the same time as my own grandmother. I could never imagine my grandmother or mother acting or being like Alice Neel. (They were and are old school.) Alice Neel would fit very well into today's modern society. Alice Neel was young even when she was elderly! This film is the perfect biography of her life and I highly recommend it. It was very interesting. It's worth watching again. I also love painting and art, but not to the degree of Alice Neel. Guess that's why she was so successful and still is even after her death!
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I saw this documentary at a friend's house, and plan to buy it as soon as it is available again. My mother was the subject of two portraits by Neel--she was Hartley's visiting nurse in 1941--and neither portrait was acknowledged publicly for decades; the first, "Woman in Blue Hat", was ascribed to the wrong year and my mother was not identified by the gallery; the other, still unnamed, has been in our family's possession since it was done, and only recently (less than 20 years ago) did it come to the attention of the gallery then handling her work.
I realize this isn't much of a review, but I was thrilled to see the documentary and I believe my mother's portrait shows up hanging on the wall of Hartley's home during an interview recorded in the documentary. So, yes, the documentary meant very much to me. Neel may be history to many, but she is still living to me--and let my mother exist in history as well!
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This film reveals both the Artist and her work in perfect balance. Most of all it is INSPIRING, heart wrenching and warming. I love Alice, with all her faults and endearing qualities, but especially for the driven artist she is. (I say is because she will ever live through her work).
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