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[A] fizzy, interview-laden love letter ...
And yet, the work he is creating was stunning and powerful. The guy still had it.
The story is both repellent and strangely inspiring.
[A] heartbreaking doc ...
Achieves its goal of shining a spotlight on its subject while delivering a fascinating true-life tale.
It's not easy to watch. But set to the likes of Talking Heads and Blondie, the documentary succeeds as an unglamorized ode to the uncompromising '80s art scene in New York-and one talented man that it consumed.
Director Jacoby doesn't pull his punches in this honest, painful profile.
Shadowman's attempts to deify him as being a brave hero who colored outside the lines or whatever in the denouement rings false.
From critics to historians to past lovers, we become acquainted with a flagrant artist who was at once in love with himself and the images he feverishly created.
An incredibly dramatic documentary, award-winning filmmaker Oren Jacoby's Shadowman is a candid portrait of visual artist Richard Hambleton.
This is a gruesome art-world fairy tale unafraid to face the bitter details of its hero's tumultuous life.
It's a harrowing movie (towards its end, it feels like we're just watching him fall apart), but a captivating portrait of the modern art world, and the manner in which it repackages and resells its icons.
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