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Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

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Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits--and at times risking her life in the process--she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. Through her and with her, boundaries are crossed, consciousness expanded, and art as we know it is reborn. She is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time. -- (C) Music Box Films

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"She's never not performing," says one friend. And the documentary, "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," confirms it.

Full Review… | September 6, 2012
Boston Globe
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Briskly edited and brightly shot.

Full Review… | August 8, 2012
The New Republic
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In place of evenhandedness, the film gives us a full sense of a personality and intelligence so riveting that we begin to comprehend why all those hundreds of thousands lined up at the MoMA.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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Abramovic is raw and likeable, if mostly inscrutable.

Full Review… | July 5, 2012
Time Out
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The film's centerpiece is the retrospective devoted to Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art in the spring of 2010.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
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The film goes a long way to establish the intellectual seriousness and dedication involved in her ambitious series of art stunts.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

A fascinating and surprisingly moving documentary that not only offers us an insight into the work of an artist of great charisma and magnetic presence but also shows a lot about the transforming power of Art and a challenging Art form that is not appreciated as it should be.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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The movie didn't change my feeling that a lot of performance art is basically BS, but it's interesting to see the process, to listen to the people who definitely don't think it's BS, and to see the audience reaction. Unfortunately that's about all we get; I would have liked to see how she ended up doing this particular form of art in the first place and how it became to be taken seriously.

Colleen Parks
Colleen Parks
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Once a skeptic of performance art (still most of it), this film changed my mind. Have patience if you are not a fan of conceptual performance art.

Nick Radcliffe
Nick Radcliffe

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