Written August 29, 2016
Much of this film was interesting as Manet's portraits, the subject, were far more than plain portraits. I found the one, illustrated here, of the young woman and the little girl fascinating. The film showed us paintings that weren't included in the show, which was fine and necessary. I found it all a bit chatty and lacking in depth however. The relationship between the two females, the positioning of the girl, the woman's gaze not so much at us as at the past that she was finding in her book, were not really discussed and I kept wondering if Sister Wendy couldn't have made it more illuminating (!) Likewise, the portrait of his son spoke volumes about boredom. Luncheon? That would have lasted two hours and the kid was bored to the point of wanting to kill someone... look at that protruding knife! But truthfully I'm very happy the film was made and any exposure to the greatness is a plus for art lovers and historians. More exhibitions and friendly curators please!
Written December 06, 2016
We enjoyed the movie although it left us with a bunch of unanswered questions. The color quality was excellent. The close-ups of the paintings were fascinating, even better than if we had been able to see the exhibition at the Royal Academy. The commentaries by various critics were interesting. The music was rather prosaic and annyoying. We plan to see the movies on Munch and Vermeer later in the year. I hope there will be more.
P.S. The quiz which preceded the showing of the movie contained at least one factual error!
Written March 26, 2017
Well done . . .Seventh Art Productions and Tim Marlow always deliver a comprehensive and illuminating program! These special one night events featuring art are a fabulous learning opportunity for all. Communities need to better support these types of screen showings – all teachers (especially English, Art and History) at the high school, community college and university levels need to attend and encourage student participation. I live in one of the five richest counties in the US and I viewed this movie with ten other adults = an audience of eleven people. Shameful because art matters! Engagement in the arts will always enhance a student’s critical thinking skills. I’m committed to networking the next one night art screening in Howard County, Maryland to build audience attendance.
Written August 28, 2016
It was outstanding - beautifully presented. The accompanying music only added to the beautiful presentation. The quiz at the beginning said he painted under 100 paintings, yet in the body of the film it said he painted over 400. Careless mistake.
Written April 24, 2017
I am excited about this series. It is a wonderful way to learn about an artist and attend an exhibition in a majestic museum in another country. I really learned a lot about Manet -- though I must admit that it left a lot of questions. Not all the pictures talked about were actually in the exhibit and not all the commentators were art experts. His famous portraits of nude women in strange poses were not completely explained, as far as his motivation. Despite these small criticisms I am eager to see more of these shows and wish they were more accessible. Just a one day showing disappointed many friends who were unable to go, or were waiting for our appraisal. I would like to see it again but doubt it's available on Netflix. And I will be out of the country for the next one. PLEASE do more, show them more often, make them more available. It is a GREAT idea.