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Mutiny on the Bounty
Mutiny on the Bounty
VHS

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3.0 out of 5 stars What was he thinking?, July 2 2004
This review is from: Mutiny on the Bounty (VHS Tape)
Leaving aside the question of which of the three "Bounties" is the best, the most dominant feature of this version, to me, is Brando's laughable Fletcher C. Yes, a foppish, arrogant English aristocrat will be foppish and arrogant. The problem is you get the idea Brando had never encountered, in real life, anyone to give him the basis to ground his performance in reality. It reveals an underlying flaw in method acting ... you can't make bricks without straw and you can't CONVINCINGLY portray a character of a specific class, time period and type just by making him or her up from within yourself.

Frank Auerbach
Frank Auerbach
by Robert Hughes
Edition: Paperback
12 used & new from CDN$ 218.86

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb text, superb paintings, Aug. 11 2001
This review is from: Frank Auerbach (Paperback)
If you are used to having to decode the gnostic and layered texts of typical academic writing on art, this book will be a refreshing change. Hughes writes clearly, yet is not afraid to handle complex and challenging ideas. The book does an excellent job of giving you an understanding of the development of Auerbach's work, from the somewhat turgid work of the 50's to the dynamic paintings of the 1980's. I was especially interested in Hughes' analysis of these later paintings, which emphasizes their relationship to the real world of volume and movement. While their surfaces resemble the fevered paint of neo-expressionism, these are fundamentally pictures in which the artist is not just expressing himself, but is reacting to the "resistant" and complex world. Drawing and painting are unified; form is followed "around the back and out the other side." There are many fascinating quotes from Auerbach himself (for example, an observation that Matisse's cut-outs are such strong shapes because they proceed from an understanding of volume.) The color plates are plentiful and excellent. Careful marginal notes make it easy to refer to the reproductions while reading. This is a book you can actually read and enjoy.

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