Chuck Close (1997)

Chuck Close



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Chuck Close travels into the world of one of the late 20th and early 21st century's most highly singular visual artists. The eponymous subject of the title opted, early on, to exclusively devote all of his time and creative energy to constructing massive human likenesses, "deconstructed" into enlarged photographs, self-portraits, images from other artists, and a host of other ephemera. From a close vantage point, the overall image can be neither discerned nor detected, but when one stands at a … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Dec 16, 2003


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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

[Director Marion] Cajori's inventive, endlessly fascinating two-hour take draws freely from those prior studies, and from footage featuring Close and his contemporaries.

Full Review… | January 3, 2008
Top Critic

Although the painting montages become somewhat burdensome in their repetition, and an epilogue feels academic in every sense, when Cajori finally pulls away from the finished portrait, the sense of a job done to brimming satisfaction is acutely twofold.

Full Review… | January 2, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

The result is a portrait that should interest art-savvy viewers and neophytes alike.

Full Review… | January 2, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

Chuck Close, about the painter, photographer and printmaker by the documentary filmmaker Marion Cajori, truly excels in its depiction of the physical process of making art.

Full Review… | January 2, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Late director Marion Cajori's documentary takes good advantage of intimate access to the iconic artist in an effort to chronicle the fascinating methodology behind his work.

Full Review… | December 17, 2007
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Through a series of vignettes, interviews with Close's friends and family, the filmmaker reveals the soul of the portraitist.

Full Review… | December 31, 2007
Film Journal International

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