Five documentaries about Painting you cannot miss

April 13, 2017

GuideDoc brings you five films that celebrate the art of painting, the beginning of representation it self!

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5- Exit through the gift shop by Bansky (2010)



Ever since he filmed his cousin while sticking around the city the figures of the video game “Space Invaders”, French video enthusiast Thierry Guetta fell in love with Street Art. In what is suspected to be a false documentary directed by the famous street artist “Bansky”, in Exit through the gift shop we accompany Guetta while he enters the rebellious and countercultural world of Street Art, a form of expression that is born from graffiti and created a whole new urban imagery in the beggining of the 21st century. In this Oscar nominated documentary we will have the opportunity to meet several of sreet artists, such as “Monsieur André”, known by his spray-painted figures, “Zeus”, who paints the shadows projected by the objects of the street and “Bansky” himself, creator of several icons painted on walls around the world.


4- The Mystery Picasso by Henri-Georges Clouzot (1956)



Henri-Georges Clouzot constructs an ingenious cinematographic device to unveil Pablo Picasso´s creative process. The great exponent of cubist painting appears in a kind of dark and mysterious studio where he is filmed while painting several works. The Mystery Picasso way of showing the painter’s work allows us to observe the magical transformation of the first strokes and the occasional discards, all occurring on the geography of the canvas until reaching its final density. The documentary is a must-see for painting enthusiasts and it is a film of great value for those who want to enrich their creative process in the arts.


3- Armando Reverón by Margot Benacerraf (1952)



The Venezuelan filmmaker with works recognized at the Cannes Film Festival, Margot Benacerraf, enters the intimacy of the renowned “Master of Tropical Light” Armando Reverón. This short documentary shows the Venezuelan painter while he makes a self-portrait on a canvas inside the wooden castle that he built as part of his artistic exile among the palm trees and mountains of Venezuela´s north coast. The corners of his rustic dwelling are full of works of art, such as his celebrated rag dolls, images that alternate with those of his several impressionist paintings, which consist mainly of female nudes and landscapes. The documentary is a valuable record of a painter little known in the region and whose work has gained recognition in recent times, especially since in 2007 much of his work was presented at the MOMA in New York.

2- F for Fake by Orson Welles (1973)



In 1946, after selling a picture he painted with pen and ink as if it were a Picasso, the Hungarian painter Elmyr de Hory realized that he had a prodigious ability to make copies and something better: that he could make a living on them. In F for Fake, Orson Welles flaunts his filmmaking skills to make in part a portrait of one of the greatest imposters in the history of art and, at the same time, an essay on the concept of authorship and appreciation of the work of art. The film about de Hory, who during his lifetime managed to sell hundreds of copies of famous paintings to dozens of museums and galleries in the world, is the last major feature film finished by Welles, who also acts as a sort of illusionist in some of the scenes.


1- The Cave of Forgotten Dreams by Werner Herzog (2010)



Werner Herzog becomes a privileged art spectator by having exclusive access to the interior of the Chauvet cave, the last reservoir of cave paintings discovered by man. Filmed with stereoscopic technology, the pictorial works that rested for over 30,000 years on the rough walls of the cavern are put within the reach of the viewer of our time through a journey that transcends time and space. In The Cave of Forgotten Dreams Herzog’s voice accompanies our incursion into the cave, where we will see beautiful herds of rhinoceroses and tigers, multiparous bison and curious hybrid figures made by anonymous painters of antiquity. The film presents a unique opportunity to know the reasons, techniques and inspirations of these artists through the lucid meditations of the director as well as the interviews with various artists and specialists linked to the analysis of the cave.

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