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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child Reviews

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May 14, 2016
gr8 bio-doc really liked this one alot.
July 26, 2015
Everything is illuminated!
½ June 26, 2015
Tamra Davis coloca Jean-Michel Basquiat no centro de um retrato eficaz, inspirador e surpreendentemente enternecedor. Estes méritos contribuem para que "The Radiant Child" seja quase um trampolim para um conhecimento mais aprofundado do trabalho de Basquiat. Com todo a arte incrível que abunda ao longo de quase uma hora e meia, era necessária uma realização péssima para arruinar este documentário.
½ November 17, 2014
Extensive old footage interspersed with contemporary interviews give the viewer a real feel for the time, the place and the artist.
December 2, 2013
My favorite movie of all time. Very inspirational and informative. Correctly focused more on the art than on the person. This makes more sense, because the art is the deepest, most informative reflection of the person. This is a concept that may be complex, but if you pay attention closely while observing a painting it will tell you all that you need to know about Jean Michel Basquiat.
October 8, 2013
A good documentary on an even better subject.
September 8, 2013
Not sure I want to see it but Rebecca recommended it
July 16, 2013
Excellent biopic not just about Basquiat and his art but about the lifestyle of the 80's.
½ March 26, 2013
Beautiful, heart-breaking, inspiring documentary about a true artist.
March 20, 2013
beautiful movie , captured every detail through out the young Jeans life ... brilliant .
January 29, 2013
Awesome autobiography of a lesser known modern American artist and Warhol contemporary. Loved it.
December 15, 2012
The doc is very conventional, the real substance comes from a diverse collection of interviews, none of which wastes any screen time. The problem with the film is the quality of camera work and editing: it is a bumpy ride. The sound is terrible. There's no explanation about why Basquiat's art work is good basically. His place in art history is secure, but at a terrible price.
December 11, 2012
Am I supposed to think this guy was a legendary genius because everyone else does?
½ December 5, 2012
Great doc of one of the most brilliant artists with all the thrills of a young genius celebrity living in the Lower East Side in the 90s. If you love docs, you will dig this film.
November 20, 2012
Excellent doc, just shame about the terrible sound quality
April 30, 2012
The story, the life, the icon? It's all here.
½ February 25, 2012
Very much a documentary, but all the better for it. Interesting & often touching, its only real failing is the peculiar avoidance of the matter of drugs, as though the scene wasn't awash with them. This self-denial aside, a very good & enjoyable movie.
Super Reviewer
November 18, 2011
Up until now, I knew little about Jean-Michel Basquiat, even though I remember the biopic which had been made about his life and have not seen.(That having been said, David Bowie as Andy Warhol? Really?) That all changes with Tamra Davis' fascinating documentary "The Radiant Child" wherein she adds interview footage she had shot of Basquiat to more recent footage of friends and lovers talking about his life and work. So, not only does a personal portrait form but also an artistic one of a street artist once referred to Sam-O with a wordy style that never quite fades. He is noticed and given and takes full opportunity of a chance to create more permanent artwork with influences from a medical textbook, pop culture and William Burroughs which formed paintings that would become very popular, influential and expensive. The documentary starts around 1980 in New York City at a time of cheap rents that benefited the art scene where anybody could have his artwork displayed that makes Basquiat's rise possible, followed by a complete reversal to a top down art world that ends up destroying him.
November 18, 2011
<3 <3 <3 <3
October 31, 2011
Moving documentary about the brightest star of the 1980s art world. Thrives on Tamra Davis's original interviews with Basquiat, and cavalcade of compelling talking heads to help contextualize his greatness.
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