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Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies
Produced by Martin Scorsese and Robert Greenhut and directed by Arne Glimcher, PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES is a cinematic tour through the effects of the technological revolution, specifically the invention of aviation, the creation of cinema and their interdependent influence on artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. With narration by Scorsese, and interviews with art scholars and artists including Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel and Eric Fischl, the film looks at the collision between film and art at the turn of the 20th Century and helps us to realize cinema's continuing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film asserts much (with timelines and datelines and lots of footage) but fails to completely persuade. As a dissertation, it would have a terrible time defending itself."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The giveaway comes when one nabob of portraiture -- who is trying to tie Picasso and Braque to an early film about an accordion -- says the influence of the picture was absorbed by the painters "whether or not they saw this film." If you say so."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"For those with a scholarly outlook towards film or art it's worth checking out, while others will probably not get much out of it."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The subject matter is without a doubt intriguing, but a more poetic and emotionally charged approach to the material at hand, beyond that exquisite silent footage, would have enhanced the presentation."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"One of the strengths of Arne Glimcher's documentary is that it effectively chronicles an era when going to the movies was a novelty."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"A marvelous documentary by art gallery legend and sometime filmmaker Arne Glimcher."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Picasso and Braque's primary merit is its archive-raiding evocation of the period discussed through vintage nitrate images..."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"There was once a time when the nascent medium of cinema struggled for legitimacy."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"An informative, well-edited and engaging documentary that needs a more thorough and provocative conclusion."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"As a rambling rumination on turn-of-the-century aestheticism with brazen flourishes of apophenia, the documentary is strangely effective, but we're left aching for more specific piece-by-piece analysis."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Much of the documentary is a jumble of people extemporizing about this and that, but there is no connective overview."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"It's a 60-minute documentary that feels like days of watching paint dry."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"There's no proof anywhere of this film's key premise -- that cinema was the catalyst for these artists' pre-World War I forays into Cubism."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"An intriguing, captivating glimpse into the creative process."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"The Picasso-Braque connection shows the unembarrassed impulse to study vision and philosophy through art -- not trite, childish, "Lookit!" exploitation."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
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