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Richter gives off a heroic, creator-of-the-universe air as he strains to push the squeegee, exposing a new world in his wake.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Through the documentary lens, Richter's enigmatic paintings speak to us.
| Original Score: 3/4
Richter offers multiple explanations of how he knows when a painting is done. They range from the mundane to the lofty.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A mesmerizing look behind the curtain at a magician at work, a man who creates his enchantments not with a deck of cards or puffs of smoke but rather paint, brushes, canvas and a giant squeegee.
| Original Score: 4/5
It shows us the world's most famous living painter, who turned 80 in February, at work with greater intimacy than any other film portrait of a contemporary artist provides.
"Gerhard Richter - Painting" is a stirring portrait of an artist in search of his art - the mystery of the process, the beauty of the hunt and the wonder of discovery.
| Original Score: B
A kind of residence with its subject rather than a report.
The sight of Richter going back and forth between two related canvases recalls Roger Federer playing tennis with himself in slow, deliberative motion.
| Original Score: 3/5
A documentary about the 80-year-old German artist putting paint on canvas that offers a look at the mighty mountain of creative achievement.
The film is sketchy as biography, but it proves an aging artist can still crackle with the electricity of youth.
| Original Score: A-
The works in question express a delicate balance between spontaneity and rigid formal control -- seeing Richter at work is a bit like watching a great trapeze artist.
Belz delivers exactly what her title promises: the sight of Richter at work on his canvases.
[VIDEO] Following German abstract painter Gerhard Richter through his alternately meditative and physical process of artistic creation is like watching a magician showing you his tricks.
Just as a document of the sheer physical labor that goes into covering a giant canvas with color, Gerhard Richter Painting is never less than absorbing.
| Original Score: B+
Instead of trotting out people - friend and foe - to comment on the renowned German abstract painter, Belz allows Richter to tell his own story.
You will see the man toiling and revising-killing off half-good ideas, struggling for clarity-and it's a routine well worth demystifying.
Each swipe covers the old painting and reveals a new composition. Watching this can be fascinating, even exciting. After all, it prompts a fundamental movie question: What happens next?
Gerhard Richter Painting artfully and convincingly immerses us into the world of one of the greatest, painting.