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Guest of Cindy Sherman [Import]

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Microcinema
  • Release Date: Dec 14 2010
  • ASIN: B0047HXN6A

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
a terrific ride! June 26 2011
By Tony Aldente - Published on
Format: DVD
If you want a real insiders view of the NYC art scene wrapped in a charming love story than look no further than this very entertaining documentary about Paul H-O.....a producer of a public access cable show on the NYC art scene who falls in love with Cindy Sherman (one of its stars) while filming a series of episodes about her for his show. Luckily for the viewer Paul has always had a video camera in his hands and through the ten years of filming for his cable show he managed to not only document the rise of the art scene, but also the building of his own relationship with Cindy (as well as the ultimate loss of his identity). Paul is the quintessential showman who manages to hold the spot light (and the viewer) from begining to end with his wise ass quips and magnetic personallity. Through it all we watch the art world gain traction, self importance and wealth....... while he experiences the rocky ride of loving one of its stars. A charming and funny film that comes with the extra bonus of getting a first hand view of the evolving NYC art scene through the late 80's and 90's as witnessed by Paul H-O....someone who filmed every moment of it in real time and was clearly not afraid to point out when the emperor was not wearing any clothes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Only Amazon Dec 16 2012
By Perry - Published on
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I've been waiting over 2 years for this documentary to be available on Netfilx. On a whim I looked it up on Amazon Prime, and sure enough there it was. Thanks Amazon!
This is a great little documentary about an artist most everyone has an opinion about but whom very little it seems is actually known. But the greater arch of the documentary isn't so much the work of Cindy Sherman or even the story of the man she dated for almost a decade. This is a film about the overvaluation and rockstar status of anointed artists the world over. A good companion piece to this film would be Simon Doonan's recent article in Slate about the "post-skill" movement which is so popular. Sherman is such a great example of this systemic hype surrounding the art world. Which is not to suggest that Sherman herself is not talented, but rather that she lives a charmed life despite having no idea she lives in a bubble.
Great film. If you love art but hate the art world its a must see.
Art World Confidential Aug. 12 2015
By Thomas Hutton - Published on
For anyone excited at all in the art world's goings-on, this film is a lot of fun. Do understand that most of the notables listed as "starring" in the documentary are shown for only seconds or minutes. The negative reviewers need to actually consult the film's title: this is not an investigation into Sherman's process, nor does it claim to be one.
As a male who is very interested in feminism, I wanted more attention to the core issue: that while women* regularly stand silently and invisibly by, or behind, their more famous and/or financially successful male mates, the reversed situation seems somehow obscene. There is a nice segment from a WFMU radio show that starts to discuss this, as do Jeanne Tripplehorn and the Fischl/Gornik couple, but given the nature of Sherman's work, this issue begs for more analysis.
Also, in a Guardian interview, Sherman rather disingenuously claimed that she only stayed with Paul H-O, our director, out of pity & guilt. Sure, OK, but for FIVE YEARS? Still, she could have simply tired of him regardless of her fame. Altogether fascinating, especially about art and money!
*And some men, too! Elton John's husband, David Furnish, has a lot to say here.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous March 30 2013
By Rhonda Fingerman - Published on
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Wonderful, honest story telling at its finest. Highly recommend to art enthusiasts and romantics alike. Great insight into the artworld and human vulnerability.
I loved this! March 2 2014
By Missy Shadow - Published on
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I loved this documentary. Even though it wasn't really about Cindy Sherman but it was about Cindy Sherman made it that much better. Cindy actually ends up looking very good in this film whereas he comes off as sounding like serious sour grapes - totally worth watching, even if just to get a glimpse into the art world.

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