The Cool School
The Cool School (2008)

The Cool School is an object lesson in how to build an art scene from scratch and what to avoid in the process. The film focuses on the seminal Ferus Gallery, which groomed the LA art scene from a loose band of idealistic beatniks into a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 7, 2008
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A breezy and lively modern art documentary, revealing that LA is not a cultural wasteland when it comes to fine art.

David Jenkins
Time Out

Morgan Neville's 'The Cool School' is a slickly packaged document of the burgeoning modern art scene in LA during the late '50s and early '60s which sadly submerges its fascinating subject matter in technical clutter and contrived set-ups.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

The Cool School, a breezy, lively documentary about a thin slice of the Los Angeles fine art scene in the 1950s, is easy on the eyes, and the ears too.

James Hughes
Stop Smiling

Neville's film shows, in effect, how deliberate the founding of an art movement can be. But also how thrilling it is for those at the eye of the storm.

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Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly

Veteran documentarist Morgan Neville's illustrated history of the painters and sculptors associated with Venice's Ferus Gallery (1957-1967) is at once lively and analytical.

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John Anderson
Newsday

Cool School is a must for anyone interested in 20th century American art.

Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

The Cool School is a history of the LA art scene which will be most interesting for those who are involved in it.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Diverting.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Documentarian Morgan Neville takes an appropriately lively, left-field approach to The Cool School's eye-opening history of the Beat-era Left Coast art scene -- a lesser-known chapter in the story of American modern art.

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Sam Jordison
Film4

Occasionally too reverent, this remains an effective evocation of a vibrant and interesting art scene, not to mention a touching paean to lost youth.

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