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Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow

Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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Sophie Fiennes records Anselm Kiefer, as the 65-year-old world-renowned artist creates a spectacular architectonic landscape. "In 1993 (Kiefer) left his native Germany and settled in Barjac in France, where he bought a derelict silk factory, transforming it into an extraordinary artistic centre... at once the place where his paintings and sculptures are housed and displayed, and a colossal, evolving architectural artwork in itself. Fiennes begins by roaming through the tunnels and corridors of

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"Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow" is that rare art documentary - one that places the art front and center, not as an adjunct to its maker's biography.

January 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A documentary that focuses rigorously on process and atmosphere at the expense of context and engagement.

August 11, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR
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Shot in widescreen CinemaScope, Fiennes' film is a mesmerizing spectacle that asserts its own pace...

August 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow attempts to let Kiefer's art, and the process by which it's made, speak for itself.

August 10, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Breathtaking imagery competes with a scary lack of human interest in this hypnotic, potentially alienating documentary about German sculptor Anselm Kiefer.

August 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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A daunting work that will please movie lovers willing to invest their time and intellect.

August 10, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Despite its overall tone of cataclysm and condemnation, Kiefer's monstrous works sing more than they shriek. This is highly personal artwork writ in a grand, towering script, and all the more intellectually and artistically legible for it.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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It's a mesmerizing experience and a must-see for anyone interested in the artistic aspects of filmmaking, as well as those who are interested in Kiefer's work.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow provides a series of evocative but also elusive compositions, as well as some contemplations.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

A slumberous bore.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

It's a testament to how fascinating Kiefer's work is that the film is still enjoyable, if intermittently very dull.

August 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Often boring, tedious and only fleetingly insightful.

August 12, 2011 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

an inviting exercise, outstaying its welcome at an exhaustive one hundred five minutes.

August 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Art tourists [get] special access [to] Kiefer channeling creative and destructive energy of boys (mankind? male artists?) in intellectual context and fantastic, adult scale.

August 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Meanders through the world-making works of landscape artist Anselm Kiefer in reverential awe and little skepticism.

August 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A fascinating, offbeat portrait of a distinctive artist, this film offers very little commentary, merely observing the work as well as the creative process.

October 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Is this a film about art, or about film as art? That's the question asked by Sophie Fiennes' ravishing, hypnotic record of the work of Anselm Kiefer.

October 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

It is not a film that offers a great deal of insight or explanation, just a chance to luxuriate in the world that Kiefer has created.

October 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
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