Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies Reviews

February 18, 2013
For those with a scholarly outlook towards film or art it's worth checking out, while others will probably not get much out of it.
June 28, 2011
There was once a time when the nascent medium of cinema struggled for legitimacy.
July 1, 2010
The film asserts much (with timelines and datelines and lots of footage) but fails to completely persuade. As a dissertation, it would have a terrible time defending itself.
June 25, 2010
There's no proof anywhere of this film's key premise -- that cinema was the catalyst for these artists' pre-World War I forays into Cubism.
June 4, 2010
A marvelous documentary by art gallery legend and sometime filmmaker Arne Glimcher.
May 30, 2010
The subject matter is without a doubt intriguing, but a more poetic and emotionally charged approach to the material at hand, beyond that exquisite silent footage, would have enhanced the presentation.
May 28, 2010
An informative, well-edited and engaging documentary that needs a more thorough and provocative conclusion.
May 28, 2010
Much of the documentary is a jumble of people extemporizing about this and that, but there is no connective overview.
May 28, 2010
The giveaway comes when one nabob of portraiture -- who is trying to tie Picasso and Braque to an early film about an accordion -- says the influence of the picture was absorbed by the painters "whether or not they saw this film." If you say so.
May 27, 2010
An intriguing, captivating glimpse into the creative process.
May 27, 2010
One of the strengths of Arne Glimcher's documentary is that it effectively chronicles an era when going to the movies was a novelty.
May 26, 2010
As a rambling rumination on turn-of-the-century aestheticism with brazen flourishes of apophenia, the documentary is strangely effective, but we're left aching for more specific piece-by-piece analysis.
May 26, 2010
Picasso and Braque's primary merit is its archive-raiding evocation of the period discussed through vintage nitrate images...
May 26, 2010
It's a 60-minute documentary that feels like days of watching paint dry.
May 26, 2010
The Picasso-Braque connection shows the unembarrassed impulse to study vision and philosophy through art -- not trite, childish, "Lookit!" exploitation.