FILM LIFE: The Arts of Life | Chapter 25: Part 1: Painting and Sculpting

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1. How Art Made the World (2005– )

300 min | Documentary

Documentary series looking at the influence of art on the current day situation of our society.

Stars: Nigel Spivey, Dominic Ffytche, James David Lewis-Williams, Stefano Mariottini

Votes: 580

The Arts of Life | Painting and Sculpting _______________

Nigel Spivey quote: "The essential premise of the show is that of all the defining characteristics of humanity as a species, none is more basic than the inclination to make art. Great apes will smear paint on canvas if they are given brushes and shown how, but they do not instinctively produce art any more than parrots produce conversation. We humans are alone in developing the capacity of symbolic imagery.

Link: 'How Art Made the World' Official Site. ____________

Amazon Books: Art History.

Amazon Books: World History of Art by Hugh Honour, John Fleming.

Amazon Books: Art That Changed the World by DK.

Amazon Art: Art. __________________

Artists, Arts & Culture

IMDb Watch Now Link: Questions of Art (2008 Short Film).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Art and Revolutions).

IMDb Watch Now Link: John Henry: Inside the Sculptors Studio (2008 Short Film).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Hidden Pearls).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Dzongsar Clay).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (The Unique Art of Tattooing) & Full Movie (flesh color).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Henry Murals (2009 Short Film).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Keith Haring Murals).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (600 block).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Puppetworks: A Short Documentary).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Road Does Not End (2006 Short Film).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Flora's Fancy Free (1980 Short Film).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Norbert Brunner @ Guerlain, Paris).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (The Documentary that Directed Itself!).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (DocSquared: The Making of two Documentaries).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Lummox (2009 Short Film).

IMDb Watch Now Link: News from the Art War Front: Conflict Theory (2010 Short Film).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Creating Frankenstein's Creature (2005 Short Film).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Oil & Water).

IMDb Watch Now Link: I Watch You Paint (2011 Short Film).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Watercolor - Artists of Ocean Springs).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Ivory - feature film).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Sway: Portrait of Nick Wroblewski, Woodcut Printmaker).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Portrait of an Artist: Karin Luciano).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Born to Win: Lorenzo Scott).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Fire Love Art).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (America's Hometown: Terra Cotta).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Mud Architect).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Anatomy of Escher's Flying Horse).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Walking in the Valley of the Gods (2003 Short Film).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Ongoing Box: A Film Process in the Arts).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Demo Reel (Art of the Fantastic: A Journey Into Creation). __________________________

A Tribute to the Pre-Raphaelites

IMDb Watch Now Link: Rebel's Daydream. ____________________________

Discussing the Art of Salvador Dalí

IMDb Watch Now Link: Dali on the Fly. _______________________________________

Merging Experimental, Video-art and Documentary Film

IMDb Watch Now Link: Beyond the Roundabout? (2010). ______________________

Wellness, Arts, Enrichment

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie ("Finding the Spark Within" - The WAE Center for the Developmentally Disabled). _______________________________

A Meditation on Life, Art, and Purpose

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Rungs In a Ladder: Jacob Bannon). _______________

Peace Through Art

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Transformation: Art Peace Imagine in India). ___________

Music Video: IMDb Watch Now Link: Chal Diye - Zeb and Haniya.

2. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

G | 90 min | Documentary, History

86 Metascore

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Jean Clottes, Julien Monney, Jean-Michel Geneste

Votes: 14,388 | Gross: $5.23M

Werner Herzog quotes: "The artist painted this bison with eight legs, suggesting movement - almost a form of proto-cinema."

"In a forbidden recess of the cave, there's a footprint of an eight-year-old boy next to a footprint of a wolf. Did a hungry wolf stalk the boy? Or did they walk together as friends? Or were their tracks made thousands of years apart? We'll never know." ____________

Amazon Books: Dawn of Art: The Chauvet Cave by Jean-Marie Chauvet, Eliette Brunel Deschamps, Christian Hillaire. ____________

The Wolf Cave

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Bock Saga - Welcome to Atlantis). _________________

The Cave of the Mine

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (El Mina Jebel Serj "A Mysterious World"). ____________

Amazon Books: Almost Human: The Astonishing Tale of Homo naledi and the Discovery That Changed Our Human Story by Lee Berger, John Hawks.

4. Civilisations (2018– )

Documentary, History

Nine-part series telling the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day, for the first time on a global scale. It is now nearly half a century since Kenneth Clark's ... See full summary »

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Simon Schama, Maya Jasanoff, Mary Beard

Votes: 392

5. Art of the Western World (1989– )

60 min | Documentary

Provides a panorama of 2000 years of architecture, painting and sculpture, and studies the art masterpieces as reflections of the Western culture that produced them.

Stars: Michael Wood, John Boardman, Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt, Richard Brilliant

Votes: 68

6. The Art of France (2017)

180 min | Documentary, History

Andrew Graham-Dixon examines the history of French art, revealing how it emerged from a struggle between tradition and revolution, and rulers and citizens. He compresses centuries of culture into three thematically linked chapters.

Star: Andrew Graham-Dixon

Votes: 70

External Link - Wikipedia: French art.

7. Landmarks of Western Art: The Renaissance (2003 Video)

50 min | Documentary

The Renaissance is the remarkable story of the age in which the techniques and inspirations which had been lost since the classical era were rediscovered and reintroduced into the world of ... See full summary »

External Link - Wikipedia: Renaissance.

External Link - Wikipedia: Leonardo da Vinci.

External Link - Wikipedia: Raphael.

External Link - Wikipedia: Hans Holbein the Elder.

External Link - Wikipedia: Michelangelo.

8. Civilisation (1969– )
Episode: Man: The Measure of All Things (1969)

TV-G | 49 min | Documentary, History, Music

Age of Humanism and the Renaissance.

Director: Ann Turner | Star: Kenneth Clark

Votes: 21

External Link - Wikipedia: Renaissance humanism.

10. National Gallery (2014)

Not Rated | 180 min | Documentary

89 Metascore

A documentary that goes inside one of the great museums of the world: The National Gallery in London.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Leanne Benjamin, Kausikan Rajeshkumar, Jo Shapcott, Edward Watson

Votes: 1,226 | Gross: $0.10M

Link: 'National Gallery' Official Site. ________________

The Titian Exhibition

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Metamorphosis).

11. Da Vinci and the Code He Lived By (2005 TV Movie)

91 min | Documentary

The film follows Renaissance towering figure through conspiracy of palaces, blasphemy accusations, and whispers of betrayal and romance.

Director: Robert H. Gardner | Star: Sam Mercurio

Votes: 27

12. Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius in Milan (2016)

90 min | Documentary

"Leonardo da Vinci. The Genius in Milan" is a docufilm by Luca Lucini and Nico Malaspina. Through scenes of fiction and interviews with the greatest Leonardo da Vinci world experts, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Luca Lucini, Nico Malaspina | Stars: Vincenzo Amato, Cristiana Capotondi, Alessandro Haber, Gabriella Pession

Votes: 53

13. Leonardo (2003)

180 min | Documentary, History

An exploration of the life of Leonardo da Vinci.

Stars: Mark Rylance, Che Cartwright, Sherwin Nuland, Evelyn Welch

Votes: 154

Leonardo Da Vinci quotes: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things."

"The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions."

"Learning never exhausts the mind."

"Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?"

"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return."

"Art is never finished, only abandoned."

Link: 'Leonardo' Official Site. ____________

Amazon Books: Leonardo Da Vinci. __________

External Link - Leonardo Da Vinci - The Complete Works. _________________

Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Mona Lisa: Leonardo's Earlier Version).

14. Baroque! From St Peter's to St Paul's (2009)

60 min | Documentary

In this three-part documentary series Waldemar Januszczak discovers paintings, sculptures and architecture of the Baroque period. Starting from the square of Saint Peter's Basilica in Italy to St Paul's Cathedral in England.

Star: Waldemar Januzczak

Votes: 44

External Link - Wikipedia: Baroque.

15. Vermeer, Beyond Time (2017)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary

Narrator Steve Martin explains Vermeer's fall into obscurity and rebound into worldwide sensation, all while examining themes in his paintings, comparisons to Renaissance masters, and relevant history of Europe's politics and art market.

Directors: Guillaume Cottet, Jean-Pierre Cottet | Star: Pierre Arditi

Votes: 61

External Link - Wikipedia: Johannes Vermeer.

16. Tim's Vermeer (2013)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary, History

76 Metascore

Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.

Director: Teller | Stars: Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull, Philip Steadman

Votes: 7,467 | Gross: $1.66M

17. Rembrandt's J'Accuse (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

An 'essayistic' documentary in which Greenaway's fierce criticism of today's visual illiteracy is argued by means of a forensic search of Rembrandt's Nightwatch. Greenaway explains the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Martin Freeman, Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May, Emily Holmes

Votes: 781

18. Rococo: Travel, Pleasure, Madness (2014– )

59 min | Documentary

Rococo art is often dismissed as frivolous. But Waldemar Januszczak disagrees and in this three-part series he tries to bring Rococo art closer to us, and argues that the Rococo was the age in which the modern world was born.

Star: Waldemar Januzczak

Votes: 50

External Link - Wikipedia: Rococo.

19. The Impressionists: Painting and Revolution (2011– )

60 min | Documentary

This 4 part series describes the various artists, their style, their likes and travails of the day. Introduced by an amusing Waldemar Januzczak in an easy to watch production. Each part has... See full summary »

Star: Waldemar Januzczak

Votes: 69

External Link - Wikipedia: Impressionism.

Paul Cézanne quote: "For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations."

Henri Matisse quote: "Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul."

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: "There isn't a single person or landscape or subject which doesn't possess some interest, although it may not be immediately apparent. When a painter discovers this hidden treasure, other people are immediately struck by its beauty."

Amazon DVD: The Impressionists.

Amazon Books: Impressionist Art.

21. Exhibition on Screen: I, Claude Monet (2017)

87 min | Documentary, History

This is the story of Monet as expressed through his personal letters as he painted.

Director: Phil Grabsky | Star: Henry Goodman

Votes: 73

Link: 'I, Claude Monet' Official Site.

External Link - Wikipedia: Claude Monet.

22. Manet: The Man Who Invented Modern Art (2009)

90 min | Documentary

Manet is one of the main candidates for the title of the most important artist that ever lived. As the father of Impressionism he can be accused of inventing modern art. But his story is deeper than imagined.

Director: Waldemar Januzczak | Stars: Waldemar Januzczak, Juliet Wilson-Bareau

Votes: 41

External Link - Wikipedia: Édouard Manet.

23. Les aventuriers de l'art moderne (2015– )

104 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

Mixing animation and original archives, the documentary series made up of six episodes plunges us into the lives of the legendary artists and intellectuals who defined Modern Art at the dawn of the 20th century.

Star: Amira Casar

Votes: 61

IMDb External Link: 'Les aventuriers de l'art moderne' Official Site - Language options appear top right of page.

24. The Mystery of Picasso (1956)

PG | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A filmed record of Pablo Picasso painting numerous canvases for the camera, allowing us to see his creative process at work.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Pablo Picasso, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Claude Renoir

Votes: 1,851 | Gross: $0.27M

Pablo Picasso quotes: "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."

"Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time."

"Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima."

"Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs."

"Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth." ____________________

External Link - Wikipedia: Pablo Picasso.

External Link - Wikipedia: Cubism.

25. Fifi Howls from Happiness (2013)

Unrated | 96 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

A documentary on provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called "Persian Picasso," whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran.

Director: Mitra Farahani | Star: Bahman Mohasses

Votes: 352 | Gross: $0.01M

26. My Kid Could Paint That (2007)

PG-13 | 82 min | Documentary, Family, Mystery

74 Metascore

A look at the work and surprising success of a four-year-old girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of Picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Director: Amir Bar-Lev | Stars: Marla Olmstead, Laura Olmstead, Mark Olmstead, Amir Bar-Lev

Votes: 3,074 | Gross: $0.23M

27. Europe After the Rain (1978)

88 min | Documentary

Dada came out of the craziness of World War One. "The birth of Dada was not the beginning of art but of disgust." Surrealism tried to systematize Dada's anarchy into an artistic blend of ... See full summary »

Director: Mick Gold | Stars: Joan Bakewell, Simon Cadell, Dennis Clinton, Ruth Cubbin

Votes: 42

External Link - Wikipedia: Dada.

28. Soft Self-Portrait of Salvador Dali (1970)

55 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary about surrealist artist Salvador Dali, narrated by Orson Welles.

Director: Jean-Christophe Averty | Stars: Gala Dalí, Donyale Luna, Tony Kina, Suzan Lancaster

Votes: 113

External Link - Wikipedia: Surrealism.

External Link - Wikipedia: Salvador Dalí.

29. This Is Modern Art (1999– )

50 min | Documentary

Art critic Matthew Collings looks into the current state of contemporary art, exploring how Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol have redefined art and how modern art seeks to shock the audience.

Stars: Martin Creed, Jeff Koons, Sarah Lucas, Chris Ofili

Votes: 73

External Link - MoMA: What Is Modern Art?

30. Painters Painting (1972)

Not Rated | 116 min | Documentary

The definitive documentary on the New York School Painters. Featuring footage of all the major figures of the New York Art Scene between 1940-1970, showing many of the artists before they became famous.

Director: Emile de Antonio | Stars: Philip Leider, Leo Castelli, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler

Votes: 149

31. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while... See full summary »

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger

Votes: 1,929 | Gross: $0.26M

Jean Michel Basquiat quote: "I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life."

IMDb External Link: 'Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child' Official Site.

External Link - Wikiart: Jean-Michel Basquiat.

External Link - Wikipedia: Jean-Michel Basquiat.

32. Alice Neel (2007)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

The life and work of Alice Neel (1900-1984), American portrait painter. Part of the narration is chronological, part consists of interviews with friends, other artists, scholars, and family... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Neel | Stars: Alice Neel, Michel Auder, Phillip Bonosky, Chuck Close

Votes: 102 | Gross: $0.05M

Alice Neel quotes: "All experience is great providing you live through it. If it kills you, you've gone to far."

"Whether I'm painting or not, I have this overwhelming interest in humanity. Even if I'm not working, I'm still analyzing people."

"When women finally get liberated, they'll do the same that men do - dog eat dog - that's what our culture is... Not cooperation but assassination. Women will cooperate until they attain certain goals. Then one will begin to destroy the other."

IMDb External Link: 'Alice Neel' Official Site.

External Link - Wikipedia: Alice Neel.

33. Gerhard Richter Painting (2011)

Unrated | 97 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on the German artist that includes glimpses at his studio, which has not been seen in decades.

Director: Corinna Belz | Stars: Gerhard Richter, Norbert Arns, Hubert Becker, Sabine Moritz-Richter

Votes: 621 | Gross: $0.24M

34. Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016)

76 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Trace the rise of contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang from childhood in Mao's China to global art world superstar, and join his quest to realize his lifelong obsession: Sky Ladder.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Ian Buruma, Guo-Qiang Cai, Wen-You Cai, Wenhao Cai

Votes: 966

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