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Kanefsky paints a vivid picture of an entertaining rogue, one who finally gets his due with this film.
The madly teeming pop-cartoon paintings of Robert Cenedella anchor a lively look at a self-styled superstar of outsider art.
Cenedella may never become a household name, but "Art Bastard" argues persuasively that fame is overrated.
The secret sauce of this delicious romp is the joy of hanging out with a delightfully unruly rebel with a paintbrush.
Though "Art Bastard" is a zesty, engaging documentary about a veteran outsider, when it comes to his complexities, it's not terribly cohesive.
You may not recognize the name going in, but after spending 82 minutes watching director Victor Kanefsky cast a heartfelt lens in Cenedella's direction, you'll never forget him.
This is a few more passes in the editing bay and a handful of reshoots away from being a well made documentary.
Bob Cenedella brings all the drama necessary to make Art Bastard a compelling portrait.
Sure, the artist is a bit full of himself, but I've found that people who aren't full of themselves tend to be full of platitudes and other people's anecdotes. I'll take a windbag over a grab bag any day.
An invigorating celebration to a one-of-a-kind genius.
At its best, Cenedella's work captures the vibrancy of New York street life, while at its worst, it's superficially clever and self-indulgent.
It's basic in design, but the production is merely out to identify inspiration, doing so with a sense of humor and trust in the subject's natural charisma.
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