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Chuck Close

Chuck Close (1997)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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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

Dec 16, 2003

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

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

January 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The result is a portrait that should interest art-savvy viewers and neophytes alike.

January 2, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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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.

January 2, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

December 17, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Through a series of vignettes, interviews with Close's friends and family, the filmmaker reveals the soul of the portraitist.

December 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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