The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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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.
Through the documentary lens, Richter's enigmatic paintings speak to us.
Richter offers multiple explanations of how he knows when a painting is done. They range from the mundane to the lofty.
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.
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.
Shows the process behind Richter's fancy free abstract paintings, but leaves the greater forces and themes that make him not only a famous or a rich painter but an important one unexamined.
At times filling the screen with symmetrical compositions of paintings in progress in the studio, the film is akin to being in a museum that's come alive.
Too often, the film backs up Richter's assertion that "painting is another way of thinking" and that it's impossible to translate it into another language -- such as film.
[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.
...the filmmaker and the very presence of the camera become a point of conversation and contention.
Corinna Belz' documentary presents a singular opportunity to watch a famous artist at work. And, Richter's process is quite mesmerizing.
Gerhard Richter Painting gets low marks due to the lazy filmmaking (with the boom coming into shots) and is overall not very good as a documentary. It gets interesting in a few spots but overall feels flat. See Jiro Dreams of Sushi as a positive example of a documentary about a man and his dedication to his work. Note that this review reflects on the film and not its subject.
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