Red Birds (2010)




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"I've been looking at and filming birds obsessively and with great passion for a number of years. Since I've lived in New York, I've been dazzled by the splendid species I see during my visits in Central Park, as well as on the island of Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts - the magnificent cardinal being the foremost example. Thus, the title of my new film: THE RED BIRDS (which has inspired Louise Bourgeois to create a work on paper specifically for the film). "This new work is a very personal portrayal of the relationship I've developed with my female artist friends, whom I imagined had one day 'magically' transformed themselves into birds. It is a vehicle for a direct expression of who these artists are and is primarily based on their voices. The issue I set out to explore when I began the project was how best to present these artists whose work and lives I've documented in film and audio for a number of years, in order to introduce their work and their universe in an engaging manner, regardless of their age or the generation they belong to. "Initially, the 'working title' I used for the project was 'My Beautiful Women', since all the artists featured in the film have become friends whom I love and respect. And since I had in mind one day to make a film solely with and about animals, I combined the two projects into one. Thus the birds would have equal billing with the beautiful women, each artist lending her voice to a bird that I had selected specifically for her. "Like an artist, a bird represents a symbol of freedom, independence, and beauty - ever elusive, birds are essentially flights of fancy for us humans, providing us with the ultimate metaphor for what an artist is and does. I tried to compose my film as a tapestry wherein imagery of flowers and birds abound, and where the human (female) activity never loses its vibrancy." --© Brigitte Cornand for Anthology Archives
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Red Birds

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Eventually, the desire to scream "What, exactly, is going on here?" will become overwhelming.

Full Review… | April 20, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

No comprehensive consideration of the creative process, Cornand's video unfolds as a series of modest riffs on the intersections of art, life, and womanhood.

Full Review… | April 20, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

You fly with these birds, nibble on berries and blossom and feed off of the each artist's incision. All of it inches closer to vivid listening and thinking

Full Review… | May 26, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine

Tedious, confusing, excessively poetic and an ultimately squandered opportunity to clearly and engagingly illuminate the life and work of 14 brilliant, important female artists.

Full Review… | April 20, 2010
NYC Movie Guru

As each new bird chimes in, the experiment begins to prove irritating.

Full Review… | April 20, 2010
Slant Magazine

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