Our City Dreams
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Filmmaker Chiara Clemente profiles five diverse female artists, each of whom calls New York City home, in this intimate documentary. In the late '50s and '60s, Nancy Spero was on the front lines of the feminist movement. Today she creates art that challenges the polemics of warfare and sexual identity. Pioneering performance artist Marina Abramovic, meanwhile, responds to contemporary cultural issued by using her body as a canvas. Glass, plaster, ceramic, bronze, and paper provide Kiki Smith with the appropriate tools to address philosophical, social, and spiritual aspects of the human… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Their art, like the film itself, is powerful, daring and makes you think."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Clemente shows she knows a thing or two about filmmaking. As somebody once said: like father, like daughter."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Our City Dreams is not just an art documentary; it is a piece of art itself ..."
‑ Leslie Stonebraker, New York Press
"Those unfamiliar with art history or these five female artists will gain an appreciation for their artwork along with some basic knowledge of their career. However, art aficionados already familiar with them will feel mostly unenlightened and underwhelmed"
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Documentary portrait of five women artists is the wine-party view of art from socialite-filmmaker Chiara Clemente."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Chiara Clemente, a documentarian for Italian TV, gets in close enough to record her subjects' techniques but not close enough to reveal what makes the women tick."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"It's a thoughtful, sometimes revealing look at creative lives and the forces that shaped them."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Time Out New York
"Chiara Clemente's well-crafted, accessible film gives interesting looks at five acclaimed New York female artists of distinctively different ages, media and background."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Intimate opportunity to see successful women navigate the art world while infusing their work with feminist consciousness, but only glimpses of their lives and work process."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Candid and unpretentious."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Each of Clemente's subjects is talented enough to support a feature-length documentary of her own."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Our City Dreams is a lyrical documentary about the intersection of location and imagination."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The filmmaker accomplishes a strong connection with her subjects and trapezes New Yorkâ(TM)s persona nicely with its 16-millimeter cutaways and fun clips of the turning seasons."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"a joyous infusion of life in these perilous days"
‑ Paul Brenner, Filmcritic.com
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