David Hockney: The Color of Music
David Hockney: The Color of Music (2005)

One of the best-respected artists of his generation, David Hockney is well known for his paintings, prints, and portraits, but he's also developed a reputation as a set designer for some of the world's leading opera companies. A… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 6, 2005
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

A ravishing feast for the eyes, with a steady stream of operatic excerpts to appease more impatient ears. Meanwhile, Mr. Hockney and his friends keep the proceedings on an exhilaratingly human level.

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Russell Scott Smith
New York Post

Looking at the art and listening to the music is wonderful just on its own, but hanging out with Hockney is also a treat. He's a delightful companion.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

Hockney is unquestionably a genial gent, but the film's rather shallow treatment of his art only reinforces the long-held opinion that Hockney is more a brilliant visual stylist than an artist of any great depth.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

An elongated, rather aimless portrait that doesn't fully convey the essence of its titular subject.

Leslie Camhi
Village Voice

This delightfully sensual documentary gets inside the artist's creative process while also treating viewers to glorious music by the likes of Wagner and Satie.

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Ned Martel
New York Times

In a documentary that celebrates flourish, the artist David Hockney lets a filmmaker record how he assembles elaborate opera sets.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

After seeing this film and the joyous miracles he has wrought on the operatic stage, he fully deserves to be called a master of the form.

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