From: Jay McBride (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jul 08 2008 - 10:51:59 PDT
Street Date: August 26, 2008
Pre-book Date: July 29, 2008
Balthus: Through the Looking Glass∑
A Facets Video Release
$US 39.95 SRP/Edu
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CATALOG # MC-844
Art / Artist
1997 ∑ 72 min
Award-winning director Damian Pettigrew (Fellini: I'm a Born Liar) offers
this definitive portrait of Balthus, a modern artist whose work was
nonetheless out of step with most modern movements. His huge canvases with
their thickly applied paint feature dreamy adolescent girls in enigmatic
poses, resulting in an erotically charged and oddly disorienting style.
Pettigrew's beautifully composed documentary highlights the painter's
complex creative pocess as he films the artist at work on his studio in the
Swiss mountains. Famous friends and family members bare witness to the great
artist's life in exclusive interviews, accompanied by photos by such
luminaries as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Irving Penn. This is a rare
insider's look at one of the 20th century's most intriguing painters.
Two shorts (Three Balthusian Lessons & Time at the Grand Chalet) complement
the film with interpretations of the great man's work and artistic process.
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