Henri Cartier - Bresson [VHS]
Publisher's Description
This rare and unprecedented documentary features extensive interviews with Cartier-Bresson concerning art and photography. Photographers and friends, Sarah Moon and Robert Delpire, shed light on the life and work of a painter-turned-photographer-turned-painter-again. 37 minutes, VHS.
This marvelous film about the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson begins with a question mark, and while many of the questions posed remain unanswered, this documentary is a work of art. Filmed in color to resemble black and white, like the photographs for which Cartier-Bresson is so famous, this 1994 production captures the way in which he took quick photographs, with the rhythm and mood of the sequence of images. At times the piece is playful, with voices intoning critical viewpoints of him as a person and artist. Many of his best-known images are included in this 37-minute documentary. What surprises, however, is his life-long passion and interest in drawing. He takes sketches of masterpieces, of landscapes, of people. Speaking in English and also in French, with subtitles that summarize what he says, he comments on his art, noting that "you don't take a photograph, it's a photograph that catches you," and that "geometry is my greatest joy." While he finds portraiture the most difficult genre in photography, his portraits are evocative and capture what he looks for in a person, namely "the silence." Clips of films he directed are included that make it clear that his strength lies in what he calls "reportage," or documenting rather than creating a fictional narrative. Filmed with great sensitivity, this documentary avoids a chronological format, rather it is a sketch, in keeping with the artist's own work, and it's a rare treat and will appeal to everyone who enjoys a work of art. --Anne Barclay Morgan
ISBN: 0780019482
Publisher: Homevision
VHS Tape Language: English
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