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Shadowman (2017)



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In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a specter in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement. After drug addiction and homelessness sent him spinning out of the art scene for 20 years, the Shadowman gets a second chance... but will he take it? SHADOWMAN plunges the viewer into the chaotic life of a forgotten artist, from early fame as a painter and denizen of the Lower East Side, through his struggles with heroin, to his surprising comeback as street art exploded to become one of the most popular and lucrative art movements in the world. Before Banksy, there was Hambleton.


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[A] fizzy, interview-laden love letter ...

December 7, 2017 | Full Review…

And yet, the work he is creating was stunning and powerful. The guy still had it.

December 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The story is both repellent and strangely inspiring.

November 30, 2017 | Full Review…

[A] heartbreaking doc ...

November 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Achieves its goal of shining a spotlight on its subject while delivering a fascinating true-life tale.

April 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Shadowman's attempts to deify him as being a brave hero who colored outside the lines or whatever in the denouement rings false.

December 7, 2017 | Full Review…

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