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Painters Painting [Import]

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  • Actors: Philip Leider, Leo Castelli, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Henry Geldzahler
  • Directors: Emile de Antonio
  • Producers: Emile de Antonio, Vincent Hanlon
  • Format: Black & White, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Release Date: Jan. 26 2010
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Great interviews and footage of some of the greats from the New York scene 1940-1970. These insights are priceless and I particularly liked the interviews with Stella,Newman and Motherwell as well as some insightful comments by the critic Greenburg. I wish there had of been time devoted to Rothko,Clyfford Still and Franz Kline but they cover the bases pretty well. The pop art segment was less enjoyable but that is a minor quibble.Some of the interviewees are preposterous in their self importance-but that in a way makes it more fun to watch. The audio(echoey,lots of background noise) and video quality is uneven but for an early 70's art doc it is certainly watchable.
If you are into Art-just buy it!
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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful
Better than digging up a timecapsule Jan. 20 2001
By John B. Woodward III - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
The Abstract Expressionists have been cannonized and mythologized to such an extent by popular culture, that the reality of the most important American Art Movement is difficult to experience from the recent books and treatises on the subject. Painters Painting, itself an important art work by film-maker Emile de Antonio, propels us back into that existentialist time in such a complete and satisfying way, that we finish feeling like we just had dinner ourselves with all the suspects of the time at the Cedar Tavern . We discover even the notorious critic Hilton Kramer has a face. From deKooning to Warhol, the musings of the artists include Frankenthaler, Hoffman, Motherwell, Barnett Newman (my personal favorite in this film: "I believe that art theory is to me as an artist what ornithology must be for the birds"), Johns, Rauschenberg, Noland, Olitsky, Pavia, Poons, and Frank Stella. Interviews include the controversial Clement Greenberg at his best. As you can tell from the artist list, the film begins with Abstract Expressionism, winds its way through Hard-Edge and Color Field painting, before it finishes with the Grande Dame of the New York Art Scene of the 60's, Andy Warhol. This is a documentary not to be missed.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Finally May 26 2009
By S. Ginsburg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is an important document! And, it is finally available on DVD. Many of the artists that speak for themselves are now dead, so it gives us a chance see them in their studios again. And, it shows the Abstract Expressionists, Pop artists as well as the abstract artists of the 60's such as Stella, Noland and Poons.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
So Damn Good--Needs to Be Re-Released So That More Will Have Access Aug. 2 2005
By Play It By Ear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
I cannot believe that this documentary is so hard to find. I never thought I would be able to find a copy in my lifetime. One appeared about a month ago at a reasonable price and I cannot believe my luck in picking up a copy. Remarkable 116 minute documentary by Emile de Antonio. The artists that appear in this film are very relaxed and forthcoming. There is no dumbing down here but it is not esoteric either. Unique product. My copy is well worn so I will have to copy it to my computer and make a DVD or VCD copy because eventually all VHS degrades further until it dies. This is required viewing for anyone who is crazy enough to have painting on his mind every day of his life like I do.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
De-mystifying the process. Jan. 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
You smile when you watch these artist attempt to affix words to their work. It's a painful task, but De Antonio's conversational style turns an interview with even the most laconic of artists into an entertaining and instructive ride. (deKooning, 'Painters aren't so clever').
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Insiteful March 16 2005
By reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This film/video is rich with ideas, thoughts, philosophies, humour and it gives a wonderful glimpse into this period in American painting.

It includes Interviews with Abstract Expressionists De Kooning, Frankenthaler, Newman and more, Pop artist Andy Warhol, Post Abstract Expressionists Rauschenberg and Johns as well as with some of the color field painters and some critics and patrons. Each offers valuable insight into the creative thinking process. The interviews are broken up and collaged together. It's not a formal documentary, it takes a conversational tone.
Critic Clement Greenberg and Gallery owner Leo Castelli are also among those interviewed.

I never tire of this film, it always stimulates new thoughts and revelations about the artistic process and about this period.