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Five Films About Christo and

Christo , Jeanne-Claude , Albert Maysles , Charlotte Zwerin    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Five of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's most famous projects featured on 3 DVDs and a companion booklet are included in this set. The films bring vividly to life the scope of the projects that they undertook to share their art with the world.

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By Guy
I never heard of Christo before watching these films, so it was a treat discovering them, and his art projects at the same time. These documentaries are very interesting, all of them cover his projects from pre-production through finish. If it sounds mundane, it's not, as the movies are also very entertaining for various purposes: one, the actual projects are beautiful, and it's a treat to watch people work together to put them up. two, Christo and Jeanne-Claude themselves are crazy and interesting people to watch. three, none of these projects were easy to get permission for, the process and heart-aches they go through to get permission is all accounted here. The subject matter is interesting, but the documentaries are also dramatically compelling in their structure.
At one point, after wrapping the pont neuf, two strangers in Paris argue about whether or not this is art. The man in favor of it says "you and I don't know each other, if this project never materialized, we'd never meet, ever." This is the essence of Christo's work! He brings people together to celebrate the spirit of self-expression. Ridiculous or not, art or not, it is important an achievement and it provokes discussion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great material with recent commentary June 4 2006
By Kendall H. Gelner - Published on Amazon.com
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I was at the Gates in New York, and based on that great experience I viewed a few of these DVD's as rentals.

I have only seen the Valley Curtain and Running Fence films, but based on that I am ordering the set to keep. The films themselves of course are a little dated and not perfect transfers by any means, as they are older films made with older equipment and not a lot of effort was made to improve the video quality over the original material. But the original film work itself is very well done (even in sometime very challenging conditions) and the director did a great job capturing the essence of what it is to put up these projects that operate on such a large scale. The Running Fence one was especially good in this regard as it covered a number of public hearings and talks with the ranchers involved well before any construction showing people arguing against the projects.

However that is not the best part of these films. The best part is the commentary tracks which seem to have all been done in 2004 (sometime just before the Gates opened), and include Jeanne-Claude, Christo, and the film maker himself. All of them are very interesting and have a lot to say throughout the film, including a lot of information you'll not get from the films alone. As these were all pretty recent commentaries it also allows for much more interesting perspective in commentary as they can compare some aspects of these older works to more recent ones.

For anyone interested in the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, this is a must-watch set of films and will give you great insights into their thought process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the commentary. May 23 2010
By Sarah Cameron - Published on Amazon.com
If you are fans of Christo and the late Jeanne Claude you will love these films. But as interesting as the films are on their own, they truly come to life when you listen to these great, great artists on the commentary tracks.

The commentary tracks are a perfect companion to the ephemeral, massive, wonderful works themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting couple July 20 2009
By Bill S - Published on Amazon.com
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loved the series .... loads of information and very well presented. Not the greatest cinematography but the subject matter overcomes the sometimes poor quality of transfer.
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Christo is an artist, but he is also a persistent businessman. July 12 2013
By David B, Cox - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this mainly to get the Running Fence, because I never saw it live. I now live nearby and have figured out where it was.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Each disc is a gem. It is fascinating to hear the artist's commentaries on the various projects. Jan. 1 2013
By Michael K. Julian - Published on Amazon.com
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Those commentarties provide a valuable window into the artscene of the times and places.
I will return to these videos for inspiration over and over again.
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