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Most glaringly, the film does little in the way of providing important social and political context that informed Beuys' life journey.
Plays like a fan's flip book divorced from meaningful resonance.
Veiel's refreshingly open-ended approach invites you to find your own answers.
In terms of provocation, Beuys could certainly provoke me into reading a book on its subject, a fine alternative to sitting through this evasive misfire again.
Even if you don't need Beuys justified or explained to you, the movie is an exhilarating portrait of a unique truth-teller.
Beuys is a sublime contemplation on the art and artist as a singular subject, achieved through a combination of technical experimentation and strong recurring motifs.
With a few tweaks here and there, it could easily be taken for an entirely made-up documentary about a made-up person. It's not, but both his Beuys and Beuys hit many archetypal beats.
The movie will not appeal to most, but it's hard to imagine that Bueys's own work ever did either.
"I'm ready to provoke right now," says Joseph Beuys in an archival clip from this sombre, striking documentary, and director Andres Veiel has crafted a film that reflects his capacity to confront and challenge, to liberate and lecture.
This at times diffuse doc offers some glowing revelations about this most influential of artists.
Arguably the most politically engaged artist of the post-WWII period, Beuys is well-served by this documentary.
The film's most egregious omission is its failure to seriously address Beuys voluntarily joining the Hitler Youth and serving with the Luftwaffe.
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