Rivers and Tides is a superb documentary, a unique collaboration of artist Andy Goldsworthy and filmmaker Riedelsheimer. This review is for the Special Collector's Edition, which adds 7 short pieces shot during the making of the film, focussing on specific Goldworthy pieces and overlapping with the main film somewhat. The second disk features an illuminating 45-minute interview with Riedelsheimer, where he describes the process of making the film and reflects on Goldsworthy and Evelyn Glennie as subjects and as artists. (His next film after Rivers and Tides was Touch the Sound, which follows Glennie in the same way that the earlier film follows Goldsworthy, and is equally fascinating; another link between the two is Fred Frith, who collaborates with Glennie in the second film and did the music for Rivers and Tides.) Riedelsheimer is very thoughtful and articulate (his English is impeccable), and the interview is well edited, with some footage from the film inserted to give it more visual interest. The other bonus on the second disk documents a more recent Goldsworthy project involving giant snowballs in London on Midsummer Day; it's interesting, but both sound and video quality are crude compared to the rest of this Special Edition. It's all worth seeing, but the price is rather high for what you get, unless you can get it at a deep discount. That's the only reason i'm giving this package less than 5 stars. At $20 this would be a great buy if you like contemplative cinema.
on October 10, 2012
My entire concept of 'art' was expanded by this film. The earth is his canvas. He creates miracles of imagination that never intrude on the Nature in which they take place.
Many of his creations last only moments before they are swept away by wind or tide. Somehow, this ephemeral quality of his art adds poignancy and depth to the fleeting beauty of what it was.
It's not surprising that he is the inventor of rock balancing. But that doesn't stop him from using snow and petals either. Nor miles of curving cairns that will last for hundreds of years.
Andy's inner child is completely out in the open. Playful and exploring, but with the patience and persistence of a man.
Kudos to his possibly long-suffering wife who lives with such a spontaneous person.
on April 11, 2014
Having one of Andy Goldsworthy's books, A Collaboration With Nature, this DVD added another dimension to his art: seeing the process. Viewers are shown that there are many fails before one piece succeeds. Goldsworthy's landscape art brings to a sharp focus the intrinsic qualities of an element in the particular way he reorganizes or reforms it. At the same time he is completely at the mercy of those qualities. For example, in his ice sculptures, water that is clear and structured in its solid form still melts and breaks so easily. In another instance, where time lapse is employed, the DVD trumps the book in showing his wall project and what is revealed after the mud has dried. It is pricier than most DVDs, but still worth seeing if you are a fan of Goldsworthy.
on November 27, 2013
It has been a few years since this purchase -- I didn't notice the "review" opportunity til now, so my comments are not fresh. I can say this, though, with certainty -- it is a stunning experience, and has had an influence on my own creative work. I loan it frequently. One neighbour immediately bought 5 copies of his own to give to friends and family. I'm guessing it is an "old standard" by now, familiar to many. But, if you are new to it and are pondering the purchase, I could not encourage you enough to buy it. (And when you do, be sure not to miss the extra features -- they play an important part in understanding this artist.)