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    Best Documentaries – Someday I’ll Fly

    Someday I’ll Fly tells the story of singer/songwriter John Mayer as told in Mayer’s own words. Through fan footage, archived interviews, and personal photographs, the Connecticut native recounts his journey to stardom, including his successes and setbacks, in this autobiographical rock documentary. Significantly influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mayer developed a love of blues and rock music at an early age. He began taking guitar lessons and formed his first band as a teenager. Using the Internet as a distribution […]

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    Best Documentaries – The Genius of Beethoven

    A powerful, moving and accurate docudrama based on the life of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Paul Rhys’s masterful portrayal of Beethoven is particularly noteworthy, doing well to vividly convey the isolation and despair Beethoven experienced throughout his life, while insightful narration from the popular conductor, composer and presenter Charles Hazlewood does well to add a sophisticated educational dimension to the series. Beethoven was the grandson of a musician of Flemish origin who was also named Ludwig van Beethoven (1712–1773). The […]

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    Best Documentaries – The Mystery of Picasso

    Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1956 film, The Mystery of Picasso (Le Mystère Picasso), sets out some lofty goals for itself. In only 75 minutes, Clouzot seeks to uncover nothing less than the mystery, not merely of Picasso’s process of painting, but of artistic production itself. We’re talking metaphysical meta-projects here, the search for the core truth of capital-A Art. To this end, the film documents the production of 20 original works by Picasso. Some, the earlier works in particular, are rendered primarily in […]

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    Best Documentaries – The World’s Most Expensive Stolen Paintings

    “What is it about art theft we can’t resist?” is just one question posed by host and art critic Alastair Sooke in this BBC documentary about some of the most notable high-stakes art robberies on record. Sooke strives to learn more about those who commit art theft, their motivations, and how it is that so few pieces are ever returned to their rightful owners. Though several cases are discussed, the most focus is placed on a robbery from Boston’s Isabella Stewart […]

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    Best Documentaries – Las Calles Hablan

    Las Calles Hablan is a documentary which was filmed mostly on the streets, shot from the hip, something that reflects the street art itself. A lot of the story comes from the street artists themselves. They are always generous with their time and information. They’re developing the process, they want this story to be told. This is a story about discovering a hidden world, an extraordinary subculture and the struggle between an artistic community painting for freedom of expression and an […]

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    Best Documentaries – Modern Masters: Andy Warhol

    Modern Masters is a four-part television series detailing the life and work of four giants of 20th century art: Henri Matisse; Pablo Picasso; Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. During the course of the series, presenter and journalist, Alastair Sooke, explores why these artists are considered so important and examines how their influence can still be seen in our world today. He begins with Andy Warhol, the king of Pop Art. On his journey he parties with Dennis Hopper, has a […]

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    Best Documentaries – Exit through the Gift Shop

    The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work. Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. He fiercely guards […]

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  • Best Documentaries – Andy Goldsworthy’s Rivers and Tides

    Documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer shows us Andy Goldsworthy as he creates art in natural settings using natural materials such as driftwood, ice, mud, leaves, and stones. Goldsworthy comments on his “earthworks” and occasionally responds to off screen questions from Riedelsheimer while he painstakingly builds his outdoors sculptures. With some exceptions, such as a winding stone wall that he built in Mountainville, NY, Goldsworthy’s creations are intentionally mutable works. We see how several of them fall apart, melt, or drift away due […]

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    Best Documentaries – Impressionism: Revenge of the Nice

    Matthew Collings has a wonderfully simple and funny way of making you understand the when, where, why and how of important is art so this programme will get your head around impressionism in a couple of hours. Matthew Collings will reappraise the Impressionists. The four stars are Courbet, Manet, Monet and Cezanne. In two hours their stories and their art will intertwine. Matt will unpack the principles of Impressionism – the strength of color, the flatness, the patterning and the […]

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    Best Documentaries – A World of Art: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    What makes a masterpiece? In this visually stunning high definition production, A World of Art, the magnificence of America’s premier art museum lights up the screen. One of the architectural glories of New York, the Met stretches 1000 feet along Fifth Avenue. Inside is a dazzling three dimensional encyclopedia of world art, radiating 5,000 years of artistic history. Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was built on the shoulders of capitalism: J.P. Morgan, Havemeyer, Lehman, Rockefeller, and Annenberg are just […]

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  • Best Documentaries – Jim McVicker: A Way of Seeing

    Best Documentaries – Jim McVicker: A Way of Seeing

    A documentary about Jim McVicker, a painter who lives and works in the wild and woolly landscape of California’s “Lost Coast.” This is the Pacific coast of Humboldt County, just south of the Oregon border – a largely roadless, sparsely populated zone of giant trees and salty little towns. This film is Granrud’s exploration of Jim McVicker’s world, and a tribute to his work. We follow the painter as he works in the places he loves: The meadows, forests, harbors, […]

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    Best Documentaries – The Mona Lisa Curse

    The Mona Lisa Curse is a Grierson award-winning polemic documentary.

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