Hilda is beautifully done and directed. Had to gather all my family to watch it with me! Director Benzing made us connect emotionally with Hilda through her use of flashback, visual imagery, and choice of the music soundtrack. What a wonderful documentary!
This is a wonderful short film that on the surface provides a brief illustrative glimpse into the life of an artist, but my favorite facet of it is the composition that captures living people (and an animal) in artistically constructed/crafted/accumulated spaces - where there is art in the spaces, but the spaces are also art, and the art is part of what the person is communicating to you, but also there's a barrier between the art and the living person. There are still images that seem alive and living images that seem still, and lots of frames that would themselves be worthwhile photographs for deeper consideration. For enthusiasts of the art scene or of the past/present mirror that New York City tends toward in various descriptions, there might be an historical focus that's particularly interesting - this piece has enough inspiration in it and enough attention to detail that it can appeal to people for a variety of reasons. Recommended.
I first saw Hilda's story as part of the film "Double Portrait," paried with another New York artist, Arnold Wechsler. The depth of her experience working as a painter in a very different time and a very different city is very moving - particularly the camaraderie and grace she found in her relationships with other (quite noteworthy) artists. The ephemeral nature of art, love, and DREAMS is expressed sublimely. Beautiful score, gorgeous cinematography, tight editing with some ethereal surprises, and a compassionate eye from director Benzing.
Benzing has produced and directed an amazing documentary telling Hilda's story. One meets this incredible woman in an intimate discussion of her work: one sees her at home, outside in the neighborhood, her friends speak as the story shifts from the youthful Hilda to the present day artist she is. Benzing time travels in a creative way with images of Hilda's past floating by her as she sits outside. The light, color, sounds and the youthful versions of Hilda and her friend, Arnold, is a beautiful trip through life.