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David Hockney: The Color of Music

David Hockney: The Color of Music (2005)

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Average Rating: 6/10
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One of the best-respected artists of his generation, David Hockney is well known for his paintings, prints, and portraits, but he's also developed a reputation as a set designer for some of the world's leading opera companies. A passionate enthusiast of classical vocal music, Hockney's interest in opera has helped to transform the visual aspect of how the pieces are presented, from his bright use of color to his insistence on making lighting cues an integral part of his design. However, there's

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A ravishing feast for the eyes, with a steady stream of operatic excerpts to appease more impatient ears. Meanwhile, Mr. Hockney and his friends keep the proceedings on an exhilaratingly human level.

April 21, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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An elongated, rather aimless portrait that doesn't fully convey the essence of its titular subject.

April 8, 2005
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In a documentary that celebrates flourish, the artist David Hockney lets a filmmaker record how he assembles elaborate opera sets.

April 6, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Looking at the art and listening to the music is wonderful just on its own, but hanging out with Hockney is also a treat. He's a delightful companion.

April 6, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Post
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This delightfully sensual documentary gets inside the artist's creative process while also treating viewers to glorious music by the likes of Wagner and Satie.

April 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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After seeing this film and the joyous miracles he has wrought on the operatic stage, he fully deserves to be called a master of the form.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Hockney is unquestionably a genial gent, but the film's rather shallow treatment of his art only reinforces the long-held opinion that Hockney is more a brilliant visual stylist than an artist of any great depth.

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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