Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress
Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress (1997)

The story of Chuck Close belongs to both the rarefied world of art and to the annals of human triumph over adversity. Originally drawn to painting as a means of dealing with a childhood learning disability, Close began his career by… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1997
DVD Release Date: December 16, 2003
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety

[Director Marion] Cajori's inventive, endlessly fascinating two-hour take draws freely from those prior studies, and from footage featuring Close and his contemporaries.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

Chuck Close, about the painter, photographer and printmaker by the documentary filmmaker Marion Cajori, truly excels in its depiction of the physical process of making art.

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Michelle Orange
Village Voice

Although the painting montages become somewhat burdensome in their repetition, and an epilogue feels academic in every sense, when Cajori finally pulls away from the finished portrait, the sense of a job done to brimming satisfaction is acutely twofold.

New York Magazine/Vulture

Late director Marion Cajori's documentary takes good advantage of intimate access to the iconic artist in an effort to chronicle the fascinating methodology behind his work.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The result is a portrait that should interest art-savvy viewers and neophytes alike.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Through a series of vignettes, interviews with Close's friends and family, the filmmaker reveals the soul of the portraitist.

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