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Bel Borba Aqui

Bel Borba Aqui (2012)

tomatometer

50

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 4

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100

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Average Rating: 4.6/5
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"The People's Picasso." For the past 35 years, Bel Borba has been transforming his hometown of Salvador, Brazil with an amazing array of works of public art. Using paint, sand, tiles, clay, metal, wood, and just about anything else he comes across, Bel Borba makes art that is a natural extension of his exuberant personality. He remakes an abandoned building by using its steel beams to fashion a façade of faces. An airplane makes a terrific surface on which to paint a plane-sized fish. Coke

Unrated,

Documentary

,

Burt Sun, Andre Costantini

$6.1k

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (6)

A sunny vacation of a film, a documentary that's as jaunty and improvisational as its colorful subject, prolific Brazilian artist Bel Borba.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The film, by Burt Sun and Andre Costantini, is a celebration of the man and his work - for critical perspective, you'll have to look elsewhere.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Endearing doc focuses on the pleasure of creating over the rigors of artistry.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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The directors, Burt Sun and André Costantini, never delve into his psyche. On the plus side is Costantini's luscious cinematography.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The docu ties itself too tightly to its subject, mimicking forms and rhythms it never fully makes its own.

October 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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We're left to imagine the hero's formative struggles and learn almost nothing about the history and distinctiveness of Salvador.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Bel Borba Aqui is about one man and his singular vision...a dedicated rascal, unafraid to ruffle feathers, and always true to himself.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Exhilarating, dazzlingly colorful portrait of an artist with the ability to literally transform the world around him.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A fascinating documentary portrait of an energetic and creative street artist from Salvador Brazil.

October 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

There's no pointing toward something other than the work itself, no poetic digression, no suggestion of a conceptual dimensionality to the work being produced.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A respectful look at a colorful painter in Brazil's most colorful city, Salvador.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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