Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007)
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Critic Reviews for Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
Crump's film colourfully depicts Wagstaff's complex inner mindset and rarefied eye for imagery by allowing the stunning prints to linger on the screen.
The movie makes its main point. Wagstaff was an important, complex, fascinating figure, well worth remembering.
Wagstaff's character accounts for some of the frustration the film induces. Crumb's documentary style accounts for the rest.
Wagstaff was a fascinating figure and deserves the detailed tribute provided here.
A potent exercise in art-world mythography.
Audience Reviews for Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
Excellent documentary on Maplethorpe, Wagstaff, and a lot on their interesting relationship with Patti Smith. Some interesting stories from many. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Well done doc about the rich art collector and curator Sam Wagstaff whose relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe has largely been overlooked. The film's handling of his photography collection,now at the Getty, is wonderful, and of course, I love Patti Smith. I lived in NY during part of the time covered, so I have a tiny bit of nostalgia.
Very touching AND intresting movie about the Art world and the encounters that change our lifes. The narration is perfect though the movie itself could have been more intresting visually. However, for every Art lover it is a must-see doc.
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