One Bad Cat: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story (2008)




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Filmmaker Thomas G. Miller explores the art of Reverend Albert Wagner, a self-trained modern primitive whose turbulent life prompted him to take up painting at the age of fifty, and whose redemptive works highlight the many struggles he has faced while attempting to seek salvation. Born into poverty, Wagner's marriage failed due to infidelity shortly before he was charged with child molestation. His life in shambles, the untrained artist made it his mission to combat his malaise with creativity. The resulting art was deeply personal, and sometimes controversial. While few filmmakers have been able to gain direct access to Wanger in the past, director Miller offers notable insight into both the artist and the debates that his works have inspired between collectors and critics.
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Critic Reviews for One Bad Cat: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story

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With One Bad Cat: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story and a subject this colorful, all a nonfiction filmmaker has to do is get out of the way.

Full Review… | August 19, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
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Directed by Thomas G. Miller, One Bad Cat brings fresh light to the artist Albert Wagner.

August 19, 2008
New York Times
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Miller neither defends or apologizes: His remarkably candid footage (extending all the way to Wagner's deathbed and beyond) and interviews leave the man's sincerity (and his collectors') as open to scrutiny as his art.

Full Review… | August 13, 2008
Village Voice
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A compelling bio-pic about one bad mother (shut your mouth!) who could have written a Bible for today's ghetto gangstas on how to be a player.

Full Review… | August 11, 2008

The film finds its footing whenever Johnny Coleman, professor of African-American Studies and Fine Arts at Oberlin College in Ohio, speaks openly about Wagner's troublesome images and the appeal those images have for whites.

Full Review… | August 10, 2008
Slant Magazine

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for One Bad Cat: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story

What a crazy dude! So this guy, Albert Wagner, is like all sorts of a player and has like 3 wives and over 20 kids. No joke, not an exaggeration. Then one day when he's 50 he becomes a painter and now he's this really famous folk artist. There's paintings all over his house, which serves as kind of a store/museum. He says he talked to God and that's how he started painting. I'm not sure how much I agree with some of the opinions this guy expresses, but he's incredible either way. I don't usually do documentaries, but this one is worth watching just because this guy is so outrageous. Definitely makes me want to go see his house!

Kristi Westcoat
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