Top Art & Design movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Big Eyes on DVD Big Eyes
Synopsis
This biopic tells the complex story of Margaret Keane, the American painter who came to prominence in the 1950s and was known for her pop art paintings that often featured children with large doe eyes.
Cast
Cast
Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman
Director
Director
Tim Burton
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Painting, Art & Design, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Goya's Ghosts on DVD Goya's Ghosts
Synopsis
Painter Francisco Goya is targeted by the Spanish Inquisition when he paints young Inés, whom the church views as a heretic. Years later, Inés asks Goya to help her find the daughter she bore while imprisoned.
Cast
Cast
Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Randy Quaid, José Luis Gómez, Michael Lonsdale, Blanca Portillo, Mabel Rivera, Unax Ugalde, Fernando Tielve, David Calder, Frank Baker, Ramón Langa, Manuel de Blas, Andrés Lima
Director
Director
Milos Forman
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Painting, Art & Design, Period Pieces
Rent Exit Through the Gift Shop on DVD Exit Through the Gift Shop
Synopsis
Filmmaker Thierry Guetta's project to chronicle the underground world of street art takes a fascinating twist when he meets elusive stencil artist Banksy, who turns the project around to film Guetta while he reinvents himself as a street artist.
Cast
Cast
Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Thierry Guetta, Rhys Ifans, Space Invader, Jay Leno, Joshua Levine
Director
Director
Banksy
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting
Rent Rivers and Tides on DVD Rivers and Tides
Synopsis
This astonishing documentary from Thomas Riedelsheimer shadows renowned sculptor Andy Goldsworthy as he creates works of art with ice, driftwood, leaves, stone, dirt and snow in open fields, beaches, rivers, creeks and forests. With each new creation, he carefully studies the energetic flow and transitory nature of his work. The film won the Golden Gate Award Grand Prize for Best Documentary at the 2003 San Francisco International Film Festival.
Cast
Cast
Andy Goldsworthy
Director
Director
Thomas Riedelsheimer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Sculpture, Art & Design
Rent Georgia O'Keeffe on DVD Georgia O'Keeffe
Synopsis
Joan Allen stars as 20th-century painter Georgia O'Keeffe in this Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated biopic that follows the artist's tempestuous relationship with her lover and eventual husband, Alfred Steiglitz (Jeremy Irons), a New York photographer and art promoter. Though their marriage weathers long absences and extramarital affairs, O'Keeffe prefers solitude in New Mexico, where she creates her greatest work. Bob Balaban directs.
Cast
Cast
Joan Allen, Ed Begley Jr., Henry Simmons, Jeremy Irons, Linda Emond, Tyne Daly, Luce Rains, Girard Swan, Jenny Gabrielle, Chad Brummett
Director
Director
Bob Balaban
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Made-for-TV Movies, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Art & Design
Rent Tim's Vermeer on DVD Tim's Vermeer
Synopsis
Teller, of Penn & Teller fame, directs this absorbing film about inventor Tim Jenison's quest to solve one of art's greatest mysteries: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography?
Cast
Cast
Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull, David Hockney
Director
Director
Teller
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Painting, Art & Design
Rent Helvetica on DVD Helvetica
Synopsis
We use it every day on our computers, we see it on street signs -- and we take it for granted. Now, Gary Hustwit's unique documentary introduces us to Helvetica, a font whose readability has made it the most popular font in the world.
Cast
Cast
Michael Bierut, Wim Crouwel, Erik Spiekermann, Paula Scher, Otmar Hoefer, Neville Brody, Stefan Sagmeister, Tobias Frere-Jones, Massimo Vignelli
Director
Director
Gary Hustwit
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design, United Kingdom
Rent My Kid Could Paint That on DVD My Kid Could Paint That
Synopsis
Amir Bar-Lev directs this thought-provoking documentary about a precocious 4-year-old artist whose abstract works have drawn critical comparisons with modernist greats such as Kandinsky, Picasso and Pollack. Her talents have already profited her and her parents hundreds of thousands of dollars. But is she truly an artistic visionary trapped in the body of a preschooler, or is her gift with a paintbrush mere illusion?
Cast
Cast
Marla Olmstead, Laura Olmstead
Director
Director
Amir Bar-Lev
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design, Indie Documentaries
Rent Sketches of Frank Gehry on DVD Sketches of Frank Gehry
Synopsis
In this intimate documentary, Sydney Pollack explores the signature style of architect Frank Gehry, whose famous works include the Fish in Barcelona, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and various residences. Pollack starts with Gehry's original sketches and follows their evolution from a 3D model to a computer-assisted rendition, on to construction and, finally, to the polished finished product.
Cast
Cast
Michael Ovitz, Sydney Pollack, Frank O. Gehry, Julian Schnabel, Dennis Hopper, Bob Geldof, Michael Eisner, Barry Diller
Director
Director
Sydney Pollack
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent In the Realms of the Unreal on DVD In the Realms of the Unreal
Synopsis
Featuring the voices of Dakota Fanning and Larry Pine and the work of talented animators, this documentary tells the story of Henry Darger, a reclusive janitor by day with few -- if any -- friends, but by night a literary artist with a unique vision. Darger's resulting 15,000-page epic is a wonderland of imagination as it details the exploits of seven angelic sisters who lead a rebellion against men who enslave children.
Cast
Cast
Larry Pine, Dakota Fanning, Henry Darger
Director
Director
Jessica Yu
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Art & Design, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Waste Land on DVD Waste Land
Synopsis
Renowned artist Vik Muniz embarks on one of the most inspired collaborations of his career, joining creative forces with Brazilian garbage pickers who mine treasure from the trash heaps of Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Gramacho landfill.
Cast
Cast
Vik Muniz
Director
Director
Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Art & Design, Brazil
Rent The Rape of Europa on DVD The Rape of Europa
Synopsis
Joan Allen narrates this documentary that chronicles 12 years of the Nazis' pillaging works of art throughout Europe and the international effort to locate, protect and return millions of valuable treasures. The film traces the story of art lovers and everyday heroes who tried to thwart the looting Nazis and reveals how experts from Europe and the United States are working to recover priceless works of art missing or hidden for decades.
Cast
Cast
Joan Allen
Director
Director
Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham, Bonni Cohen
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting
Rent Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens on DVD Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
Synopsis
This documentary takes an in-depth look at the influential career of iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz, from her earliest artistic efforts to her storied tenure at <i>Rolling Stone</i> and <i>Vanity Fair</i> magazines and beyond. Intimately filmed by Annie's sister Barbara Leibovitz, the program features interviews with the artist as she works at home, along with telling insights from many of the celebrities she has photographed, such as Mick Jagger.
Cast
Cast
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bette Midler, Kirsten Dunst, Mick Jagger, Keira Knightley, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr.
Director
Director
Barbara Leibovitz
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Photography, Art & Design
Rent Herb & Dorothy on DVD Herb & Dorothy
Synopsis
Postal clerk Herb Vogel and his librarian wife, Dorothy, share a passion for art, which they pursued over decades, becoming two of the most important collectors of minimalist and conceptual art with more than 4,000 pieces.
Cast
Cast
Dorothy Vogel, Herb Vogel, Chuck Close, Will Barnet, Robert Barry, Lynda Benglis, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Mangold, Lucio Pozzi, James Siena
Director
Director
Megumi Sasaki
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo on DVD The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
Synopsis
Rita Moreno narrates this documentary that chronicles the life of artist Frida Kahlo. The biography reveals Kahlo's story in conjunction with events that defined the times in which she lived and that shaped her life and artwork. Kahlo's tragedies and triumphs are examined, from her childhood through to her debilitating accident, her moving self-portraits, an affair with Russian radical Leon Trotsky and a tumultuous marriage to muralist Diego Rivera.
Cast
Cast
Rita Moreno, Lila Downs
Director
Director
Amy Stechler
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Art & Design, PBS Documentaries, PBS, Painting
Rent Objectified on DVD Objectified
Synopsis
Discover how manufactured objects that surround us such as cars, phones and chairs influence our daily lives with this revealing documentary, which features top industrial designers discussing their creative processes and professional objectives.
Cast
Cast
Jonathan Ive, Marc Newson, Dieter Rams, Karim Rashid, Hella Jongerius, Naoto Fukasawa, Tim Brown, Bill Moggridge, Rob Walker, Alice Rawsthorn, Erwan Bouroullec, Ronan Bouroullec, Chris Bangle
Director
Director
Gary Hustwit
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent Boogie Woogie on DVD Boogie Woogie
Synopsis
A star-studded cast brings the eccentricities of the contemporary London art scene to life in this character-driven satire, which centers on Piet Mondrian's iconic painting -- who owns it and who wants to possess it.
Cast
Cast
Amanda Seyfried, Gillian Anderson, Alan Cumming, Heather Graham, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Lee, Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Joanna Lumley, Charlotte Rampling, Jaime Winstone
Director
Director
Duncan Ward
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Indie Comedies, Spoofs and Satire, Indie Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Art & Design, United Kingdom
Rent War Photographer on DVD War Photographer
Synopsis
In this engrossing, Academy Award-nominated documentary, director Christian Frei follows photojournalist James Nachtwey into the world's combat zones as he fights to capture the struggles of those who face harrowing violence in places such as Kosovo, Indonesia and the West Bank. Nachtwey skirts through murky politics to tell the stories of the suffering in hopes that he can bring attention to their plight, one picture at a time.
Cast
Cast
James Nachtwey, Christiane Amanpour, Hans-Hermann Klare, Christiane Breustedt, Des Wright, Denis O'Neill
Director
Director
Christian Frei
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Military Documentaries, Photography, Special Interest, Art & Design, German Language, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Languages
Rent Simon Schama: The Power of Art on DVD Simon Schama: The Power of Art
Synopsis
Renowned art historian Simon Schama explores the power and passion of art, examining eight of history's most influential works. Follow the progression of artistic vision through the ages, from 17th-century Europe to 1950s New York, with historical reenactments and Schama's trademark storytelling. The program features the in-depth stories behind works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko.
Cast
Cast
Allan Corduner, Andy Serkis, Simon Schama
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, British TV, PBS Documentaries, United Kingdom, Historical Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting, TV Documentaries, Foreign Regions
Rent Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? on DVD Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?
Synopsis
When trailer park resident Teri Horton bought a painting for five bucks, little did she know it could be a genuine Jackson Pollock worth millions. This film documents her dealings with the art world's elitist establishment to authenticate the piece. Throughout the brash woman's 15-year endeavor to validate the painting, the clash between stuffy art dealers and the cussin', beer-drinkin' Horton is funny, eye-opening and utterly unforgettable.
Cast
Cast
Teri Horton, Tod M. Volpe, Ben Heller, Nick Carone, John Myatt, Peter Paul Biro, Thomas Hoving, Jeffrey Bergen, Joe Beam, Judy Hill
Director
Director
Harry Moses
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent Manufactured Landscapes on DVD Manufactured Landscapes
Synopsis
More than a simple portrait of an artist, this documentary about celebrated photographer Edward Burtynsky is also an examination of industrialization and globalization. Known for finding strange beauty in large industrial vistas, Burtynsky searches for great shots on trips to China and Bangladesh. In contrast to his seemingly impersonal aesthetic, the film focuses on individuals, revealing the dreariness and dangers of industrial work.
Cast
Cast
Edward Burtynsky
Director
Director
Jennifer Baichwal
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Photography, Art & Design
Rent F for Fake on DVD F for Fake
Synopsis
In this free-form documentary from the one and only Orson Welles -- his final major directorial effort -- the famed storyteller zigzags through a sardonic, fanciful tale of how art manages to amaze and fool us.
Cast
Cast
Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Joseph Cotten, Francois Reichenbach, Richard Wilson, Paul Stewart, Sasa Devcic, Gary Graver, Andres Vincente Gomez, Julio Palinkas
Director
Director
Orson Welles
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent How to Draw a Bunny on DVD How to Draw a Bunny
Synopsis
The cartoon rabbit that was artist Ray Johnson's signature inspired the title for this documentary about the man, whose memorable life in the arts was often so creative that it befuddled even his closest friends. Johnson, once referred to as the "the most famous unknown artist in America," took individuality to a new level with his art that inventively infused pop-culture images, collages and even rubber stamps.
Cast
Cast
Ray Johnson, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein
Director
Director
John W. Walter
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting
Rent Ansel Adams: American Experience on DVD Ansel Adams: American Experience
Synopsis
The timeless photographs of Ansel Adams have made him one of the most recognized and admired names in art. This intimate look at the man and his work details his position as a staunch environmentalist and how his art reflected his strong worldview. David Ogden Stiers narrates this profile produced for the PBS series "American Experience," which was directed by Emmy-winning documentarian Ric Burns.
Cast
Cast
Ansel Adams, David Ogden Stiers
Director
Director
Ric Burns
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Photography, Art & Design, PBS
Rent Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye on DVD Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye
Synopsis
Exploring the life and work of influential French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, this captivating documentary tells the story of a camera-shy photographer whose vision quietly shaped the emerging field of photojournalism. Focusing primarily on the artist's career from the 1940s to the '60s, the film features memorable images of Marilyn Monroe, Henri Matisse, the liberation of Paris and the death of Gandhi.
Cast
Cast
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Delpire, Isabelle Huppert, Arthur Miller
Director
Director
Heinz Bütler
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Photography, Art & Design, Foreign Documentaries, French Language, Foreign Languages
Rent Between the Folds on DVD Between the Folds
Synopsis
Filmmaker Vanessa Gould embarks on an odyssey into the mesmerizing world of modern origami, where artists and scientists use the ancient practice to craft works of delicate beauty and to model cutting-edge mathematical theories.
Cast
Cast
Dr. Erik Demaine, Eric Joisel, Dr. Robert J. Lang, Vincent Floderer
Director
Director
Vanessa Gould
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Art & Design, Social & Cultural Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, Ages 5-7, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century on DVD Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century
Synopsis
The experience of viewing art moves from static to dynamic as this PBS series takes its audience into the studios of contemporary American artists to witness their processes, hear their thoughts and see their art outside a gallery setting. With each episode focused on a single theme, viewers are treated to everything from sculptor Jeff Koons on the topic of fantasy to photographer Cindy Sherman on transformation.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting, Sculpture, PBS
Rent Beautiful Losers on DVD Beautiful Losers
Synopsis
Filmmakers Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard profile a collective of underground artists and filmmakers -- including Harmony Korine and Shepard Fairey -- whose work made an indelible mark on mainstream fashion, film and music in the 1990s.
Cast
Cast
Thomas Campbell, Cheryl Dunn, Shepard Fairey, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Harmony Korine, Geoff McFetridge, Barry McGee, Mike Mills, Stephen Powers II, Ed Templeton
Director
Director
Aaron Rose, Joshua Leonard
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design
Rent Visions of Light on DVD Visions of Light
Synopsis
Motion picture photography, or cinematography, gets its due in this documentary. This film features DP (director of photography) camerawork in movies from the 1930s to the end of the 20th century, including looks at Citizen Kane and The Conformist and clips from more than 100 other films. Thanks to interviews with some celebrated DPs, movie fans learn about the changes in film with each new invention, including sound, color and widescreen.
Cast
Cast
Gordon Willis, Greg Toland, William Fraker, Vittorio Storaro
Director
Director
Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Art & Design, Photography
Rent Naked World on DVD Naked World
Synopsis
In this follow-up to the documentary Naked States, director Arlene Donnelly Nelson follows artist Spencer Tunick as he invites thousands of people of all races, shapes and sizes out of their clothes and into the streets for art's sake. Tunick's yearlong "Nude Adrift" project -- which comprised photographing 6,000 unclothed subjects, some as enormous groups -- was filmed in nine countries on seven continents (including Antarctica).
Cast
Cast
Spencer Tunick, Ron Kuby, Alec Von Bargen
Director
Director
Arlene Nelson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, HBO Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, HBO, TV Documentaries, Art & Design, Photography, Special Interest
Rent Naked States on DVD Naked States
Synopsis
"Bare" witness to some of the nation's incredible subcultures in one of the highest-rated documentaries to air on HBO. Notorious artist Spencer Tunick journeys across America with the goal of capturing a public nude in every state. From the country's largest biker rally in Sturgis, S.D., to the outrageous Burning Man celebration to the largest group nude photo ever, witness the stories from ordinary people who decide to pose nude.
Cast
Cast
Spencer Tunick
Director
Director
Arlene Nelson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Photography, Art & Design, HBO Documentaries, HBO
Rent The Mystery of Picasso on DVD The Mystery of Picasso
Synopsis
The artist approaches his easel, wields his brush and the painting dances into being before our eyes. Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artist of the 20th century, is making art, and French director Henri-Georges Clouzot is making a movie. This entirely new kind of art documentary captures the moment and the mystery of creativity; for this film, the master created 20 artworks -- all of which were destroyed when the film was completed.
Cast
Cast
Pablo Picasso
Director
Director
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, France, French Language, Painting, Art & Design
Rent Bomb It on DVD Bomb It
Synopsis
Graffiti isn't simple vandalism; it's an artistic expression employed around the world. Filmmaker Jon Reiss travels five continents to reveal graffiti's history, cultural impact and social relevance. Noted artists share their stories, bringing this vital form of expression out of the shadows. It's on freeway overpasses, buildings and billboards. Now, see the real meaning of the world's graffiti.
Cast
Cast
Marc Eckò, Cornbread, Valerie J. Hill, Shinzentomotel, D.J. Tony Tone, Isabel Valencia, Darius Jones, Kafre, Blek Le Rat
Director
Director
Jon Reiss
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent The Modernism of Julius Shulman on DVD The Modernism of Julius Shulman
Synopsis
Filmmaker Eric Bricker directs this fascinating documentary about the life and times of architectural photographer Julius Shulman, whose work is known for helping to launch the careers of giants like Rudolf Schindler and Frank Lloyd Wright. With insight from fellow architects Frank Gehry, Ricardo Legorreta and Shulman himself, Bricker's effort illuminates the legendary artist's gift for capturing space, form and design.
Cast
Cast
Dustin Hoffman, Julius Shulman, Frank O. Gehry, Kelly Lynch, Tom Ford, Benedikt Taschen, Dante Spinotti, Ed Ruscha, Juergen Nogai, Leo Marmol, Raymond Neutra, Ricardo Legorreta
Director
Director
Eric Bricker
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent Style Wars on DVD Style Wars
Synopsis
First broadcast in 1983, this hourlong documentary opened the world's eyes to a phenomenon taking over New York City, where graffiti artists who invented a new visual language to express themselves transformed the urban landscape.
Cast
Cast
Cap, Kase 2, Edward I. Koch, Crazy Legs, Mare, Seen, Skeme
Director
Director
Tony Silver
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design, Rap & Hip-Hop, Urban & Dance
Rent For No Good Reason on DVD For No Good Reason
Synopsis
In this engaging documentary, Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing" collaborator, illustrator Ralph Steadman, reveals his creative process. When actor Johnny Depp steps into Steadman's studio, the artist shares a wealth of anecdotes and insights.
Cast
Cast
Ralph Steadman, Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam, Patrick Godfrey, Richard E. Grant, Hunter S. Thompson, Jann Wenner
Director
Director
Charlie Paul
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design, United Kingdom
Rent American Masters: Andy Warhol on DVD American Masters: Andy Warhol
Synopsis
Artist Andy Warhol arrived on the scene in the late 1940s, parlaying his fame well past his much quoted 15 minutes, and yet few truly understood who he was and the meaning of his legacy despite his immense contributions to modern art. Known for the parties he threw and his coterie of friends and hangers-on, he was not only a witty observer and recorder of human behavior but also a gifted visionary who was unafraid to take risks.
Cast
Cast
Andy Warhol
Director
Director
Ric Burns
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting
Rent Inspirations on DVD Inspirations
Synopsis
Where do the world's greatest artists get their creative spark? In this fascinating documentary, director Michael Apted (Coal Miner's Daughter, Gorillas in the Mist) presents an in-depth exploration of the creative process. Acclaimed geniuses, such as rock musician David Bowie, pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, clay artist Naranjo-Morse and glass artist Dale Chihuly, discuss how and why they work the way they do.
Cast
Cast
David Bowie, Roy Lichtenstein, Dale Chihuly, Tadao Ando, Louise LeCavalier, Édouard Lock, Nora Naranjo-Morse
Director
Director
Michael Apted
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Special Interest, Art & Design, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Painting
Rent Marwencol on DVD Marwencol
Synopsis
After a terrible beating left Mark Hogancamp brain damaged, he began creating models of a fictional town, Marwencol, to process the trauma. Jeff Malmberg's documentary explains how Hogancamp uses the elaborate dioramas as stand-ins for real life.
Cast
Cast
Mark Hogancamp
Director
Director
Jeff Malmberg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Photography, Art & Design
Rent Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child on DVD Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
Synopsis
Controversial, charismatic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is the subject of this insightful documentary from director Tamra Davis, who has uncovered a never-before-seen interview with the artist conducted before his untimely death at the age of 27.
Cast
Cast
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch
Director
Director
Tamra Davis
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting
Rent Downtown 81 on DVD Downtown 81
Synopsis
A gritty, punk-rock fantasia starring legendary graffiti artist, poet and musician Jean Michel Basquiat, Downtown 81 was, for years, considered a "lost" film. It chronicles the hipper-than-hip downtown New York art and music scene of 1980-81 while capturing one of the most interesting and lively artists of the late 20th century as he stands poised for fame. Features appearances by Deborah Harry, Fab Five Freddy and Kid Creole and the Coconuts.
Cast
Cast
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fab Five Freddy, Deborah Harry, Vincent Gallo, Eszter Balint
Director
Director
Edo Bertoglio
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Indie Dramas, Painting, Art & Design, Punk Rock
Rent Sister Wendy on DVD Sister Wendy
Synopsis
Enjoy the musings and teachings of Sister Wendy Beckett, a nun and art enthusiast who has stirred up interest in the history of art -- even among those who avoid museums like the plague.
Cast
Cast
Sister Wendy Beckett
Director
Director
John Hooper
Genres
Genres
Documentary, British TV, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent The Life and Times of Andy Warhol on DVD The Life and Times of Andy Warhol
Synopsis
Andy Warhol -- the sometimes-disputed "father of pop art"-- was an enigma, even to his closest friends and fellow artists, but this documentary from writer-director Chuck Workman strives to encapsulate the essence of the ambitious man. Warhol, in many ways, redefined art. News footage and interviews with those who knew the pop avatar best paint a portrait of the artist's white-hot star, which burned out too soon.
Cast
Cast
Dennis Hopper, Grace Jones, Sally Kirkland, Roy Lichtenstein, Sylvia Miles, Viva, Andy Warhol, Shelley Winters, Holly Woodlawn
Director
Director
Chuck Workman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design
Rent National Gallery on DVD National Gallery
Synopsis
With more than 2,000 paintings spanning seven centuries, London's National Gallery is alive with art and humanity -- all of which are illuminated by documentarian Frederick Wiseman's far-ranging lens.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Frederick Wiseman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent The Cool School on DVD The Cool School
Synopsis
In the late 1950s, when Pollock and de Kooning were being hailed as revolutionary artists in New York, Los Angeles was still dealing with a blacklist that gutted creativity in all media. This is the story of the two men who changed all that. Recording a pledge on a hot dog wrapper to open a cutting-edge gallery, Walter Hopps and Ed Kienholz took the West Coast art world by storm, embracing artists from Marcel Duchamp to Andy Warhol.
Cast
Cast
Dennis Hopper, Frank O. Gehry, Dean Stockwell, Billy Al Bengston, Ed Moses, Ed Ruscha
Director
Director
Morgan Neville
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting
Rent Picasso: Magic, Sex, Death on DVD Picasso: Magic, Sex, Death
Synopsis
Pablo Picasso's longtime friend and biographer, John Richardson, explores the life and artistic themes of the Spanish painter and sculptor, who was a seminal figure in 20th-century art as well as culture, in this quintessential documentary. The recurring themes of magic, sex and death in Picasso's masterful works are explored via the artist's unquenchable passion for life and devotion to self-expression.
Cast
Cast
Pablo Picasso, John Richardson
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design
Rent We Live in Public on DVD We Live in Public
Synopsis
Ondi Timoner's documentary chronicles a decade in the life of Internet pioneer Josh Harris, who instigated an "artificial society" experiment in which more than 100 artists lived under 24-hour surveillance in an underground New York City compound.
Cast
Cast
Josh Harris, Tom Harris, David Amron, Alex Arcadia, Zero Boy, Brett Brewer, Owen Bush, Jason Calacanis, Cal Chamberlain, Tanya Corrin, Jeffrey Deitch, Chris DeWolfe, Jessica Zaino
Director
Director
Ondi Timoner
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent Eames: The Architect and The Painter on DVD Eames: The Architect and The Painter
Synopsis
This documentary tells the story of the husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames, widely considered America's most important designers. Their creations include furniture, photography, interiors, multimedia exhibits, games and much more.
Cast
Cast
James Franco
Director
Director
Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent Architectures on DVD Architectures
Synopsis
The art of architecture gets the reverential treatment it deserves in this riveting series from European public television channel ARTE. As it showcases impressive buildings, the program profiles some of the most renowned architects past and present. These artisans are famous for conceptualizing and creating buildings that not only house but also inspire its inhabitants -- and the rest of the community in which they stand.
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Cast
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Director
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Genres
Special Interest, Art & Design
Rent Half Past Autumn on DVD Half Past Autumn
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Known for his cinematic opus Shaft, Gordon Parks was also an accomplished photojournalist who documented the struggles of the Civil Rights movement for <i>Life</i> magazine, as shown in this fascinating portrait that explores the artist's life and work. Park knew no boundaries -- especially when it came to his work -- and in addition to his filmmaking and photography, this genuine Renaissance man was also a poet, a novelist, a musician and a composer.
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Cast
Gordon Parks, Alfre Woodard, Avery Brooks, Russell Simmons, Gloria Vanderbilt, Roger E. Mosley, Malcolm X, Ron O'Neal, Gordon Parks Jr., Coretta Scott King
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Craig Rice
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Genres
Documentary, TV Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, HBO, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design, Special Interest, Photography, HBO Documentaries
Rent Nightwatching on DVD Nightwatching
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Against his better judgment, famed painter Rembrandt van Rijn (Martin Freeman) succumbs to his wife Saskia's (Eva Birthistle) demands and agrees to paint a portrait of the Amsterdam Musketeer Militia, a wealthy group of obnoxious merchants who pretend to be soldiers. Director Peter Greenaway examines how Rembrandt's decision to depict these merchants in an unflattering light proved to be a major turning point in the master painter's career.
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Cast
Martin Freeman, Emily Holmes, Jodhi May, Eva Birthistle, Toby Jones, Jonathan Holmes, Michael Teigen, Kevin McNulty, Agata Buzek, Natalie Press, Anna Antonowicz
Director
Director
Peter Greenaway
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Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Period Pieces, Art & Design, Painting, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces
Rent The Desert of Forbidden Art on DVD The Desert of Forbidden Art
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Trace the incredible story of defiant visionary Igor Savitsky, an artist and museum curator who cunningly acquired more than 40,000 banned Soviet Union paintings and hid the illegal collection from the KGB in Uzbekistan's Nukus Museum. In addition to rare archival footage and interviews with the artists' children, this absorbing documentary also features letters and diary entries read by Ben Kingsley, Sally Field and Edward Asner.
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Cast
Ed Asner, Ben Kingsley, Sally Field, Igor Savitsky
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Director
Tchavdar Georgiev, Amanda Pope
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design, Russia
Rent Paris: Luminous Years on DVD Paris: Luminous Years
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In the early 20th century, Paris was the glittering crossroad of the avant-garde art world, where Pablo Picasso mingled with Gertrude Stein and Jean Cocteau, and this vivid documentary charts its conversion from creative hotbed to cultural zeitgeist. Radicals in dance, film, music and literature flocked from all over, and key figures such as Ernest Hemingway, Marc Chagall and Marcel Duchamp recount their roles in the historic birth of modernity.
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Cast
Concetta Tomei
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Director
Perry Miller Adato
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent In a Dream on DVD In a Dream
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Known for creating huge mosaic murals all across Philadelphia, artist Isaiah Zagar has worked in the city for more than 40 years. Made by Isaiah's son, Jeremiah, this documentary explores the artist's work and his relationship with his loved ones. In addition to revealing Isaiah's unique personality, this film takes an unflinching look at the serious problems Isaiah and his wife, Julia, face as their marriage implodes.
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Isaiah Zagar, Julia Zagar, Ezekiel Zagar
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Director
Jeremiah Zagar
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent The Universe of Keith Haring on DVD The Universe of Keith Haring
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Filmmaker Christina Clausen's admiring documentary explores the remarkable life and works of pop artist Keith Haring through archival footage, audio excerpts from Haring and interviews with Madonna, Yoko Ono and many others. Clausen chronicles Haring's life from his early years through the 1980s as he rocketed to fame with solo exhibitions, collaborations and public works, leaving behind a prolific legacy.
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Cast
Keith Haring, Jeffrey Deitch, Julia Gruen, Kim Hastreiter, Bill T. Jones, David LaChapelle, Hans Mayer, Samantha McEwen, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fab 5 Freddy, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Kenny Scharf, Junior Vasquez, Andy Warhol
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Director
Christina Clausen
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design, Italy, Foreign Regions
Rent William Eggleston in the Real World on DVD William Eggleston in the Real World
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By following acclaimed photographer William Eggleston around his home base of Memphis, Tenn. -- and on trips to Kentucky, Los Angeles and New York -- filmmaker Michael Almereyda presents an intimate portrait of the man who made color cool again. This revealing documentary uncovers the deep connection between Eggleston's enigmatic personality and his groundbreaking work, which expertly captures the beauty of ordinary objects.
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Cast
William J. Eggleston
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Director
Michael Almereyda
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Genres
Documentary, Photography, Biographical Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent The Life and Work of Sally Mann on DVD The Life and Work of Sally Mann
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At home at her Virginia farm, photographer Sally Mann reflects on the controversy surrounding her earlier collections while forging ahead with new work in this intimate portrait of an artist. Also offering insights into the photographer's career are Mann's husband and her now-grown offspring Emmett, Virginia and Jessie, whom Mann famously photographed nude when they were young children in her career-making collection <i>Immediate Family</i>.
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Cast
Sally Mann
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Photography, Art & Design
Rent Alex Grey: The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors on DVD Alex Grey: The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
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Visionary painter Alex Grey narrates this cinematic journey through the New York space that houses his Sacred Mirrors series of images, each of which presents a life-size figure facing viewers to evoke a mirror image.
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Cast
Alex Grey
Director
Director
Nick Krasnic
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Genres
Documentary, Art & Design, Painting, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Rothko's Rooms on DVD Rothko's Rooms
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Chronicling the life and incredible career of American artist Mark Rothko, this intimate portrait collects comments from family members, friends, artists, art historians, collectors and curators to provide insight into the man and his masterpieces. Through his giant abstract paintings, Rothko hoped to move viewers to feel something akin to religious awe and evoke emotional responses to such basic human experiences as tragedy and ecstasy.
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Cast
Dilly Barlow, Mark Rothko, Kate Rothko, Christopher Rothko, Philip Johnson
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Director
David Thompson
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design
Rent Paradise Found on DVD Paradise Found
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Fueled by praise from fellow painter Camille Pissarro (Alun Armstrong), self-taught artist Paul Gauguin (Kiefer Sutherland) quits his job as a successful Parisian stockbroker and throws himself into his craft, leaving his wife (Nastassja Kinski) and four children for an exotic, South Seas existence. Mario Andreacchio directs this sweeping biopic that sheds light on the fascinating period that inspired some of Gauguin's most famous works.
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Alun Armstrong, Kiefer Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski
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Director
Mario Andreacchio
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Drama, Art & Design, Painting, Period Pieces, Biographies, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Black White + Gray on DVD Black White + Gray
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Punk poetess Patti Smith reflects on the relationship she shared with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and curator-collector Sam Wagstaff in the heady years of the 1970s and '80s New York art scene.
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Cast
Sam Wagstaff, Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, Dominick Dunne, Pierre Apraxine, Gordon Baldwin, Raymond Foye, Jeffrey Fraenkel, Philippe Garner, Ralph Gibson
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Director
James Crump
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Documentary, LGBT, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Photography, Art & Design, Gay
Rent Beauty Is Embarrassing on DVD Beauty Is Embarrassing
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Get to know Wayne White, one of America's most unusual and arresting artists, with this snappy documentary that traces the ups and downs of his career. The jovial White discusses his art, strums the banjo, plays with puppets and simply enjoys life.
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Cast
Wayne White, Mimi Pond, Woodrow White, Lulu White, Gary Panter, Mark Mothersbaugh, Ric Heitzman, Billie June White, Willis White, Paul Reubens, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, Matt Groening, Todd Oldham, Paul Zaloom
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Neil Berkeley
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting
Rent Strange Culture on DVD Strange Culture
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On the eve of his new exhibit, artist and professor Steve Kurtz was shocked by the news that his wife had died of heart failure. The medics on the scene became suspicious of Kurtz's artistic media, which includes genetically modified foods, and the FBI accused him of bioterrorism. This disquieting true story is brought to life by actors Tilda Swinton, Josh Kornbluth and Peter Coyote in Lynn Herschman Leeson's chilling dramatic documentary.
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Cast
Thomas Jay Ryan, Tilda Swinton, Peter Coyote, Josh Kornbluth, Beatriz da Costa, Steve Kurtz, Shoresh Alaudini, Cassie Powell, Larissa Clayton
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Director
Lynn Hershman-Leeson
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent Piece by Piece on DVD Piece by Piece
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Chronicling more than two decades within San Francisco's graffiti movement, this film provides a historical overview of the form, taking viewers on a journey into an underground art scene that few outsiders have been privy to. Through interviews with the artists, as well as archival footage synced to a soundtrack by DJ Q-Bert and others, this documentary captures the brash energy of the artists and their work.
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Director
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting
Rent Milton Glaser: Inform & Delight on DVD Milton Glaser: Inform & Delight
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His name might not be very familiar, but the works of graphic artist Milton Glaser -- whose prolific output includes the "I Love NY" ad campaign, as well as album covers for Townes Van Zandt and Nina Simone -- are recognizable to many.
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Cast
Milton Glaser, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Peter Mayer, Shirley Kenny, Shirley Glaser, Jivan Tabibian, Ralph Caplan, Brookie Maxwell, Steve Heller, Deborah Adler, Walter Bernard, Katja Maas, George Lang
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Director
Wendy Keys
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent Rembrandt's J'accuse on DVD Rembrandt's J'accuse
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Filmmaker Peter Greenaway's documentary brings art to life by meticulously examining Rembrandt's group portrait "Night Watch", searching for clues to murder and the motives of the 34 characters depicted.
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Cast
Martin Freeman, Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May, Emily Holmes, Jonathan Holmes, Michael Teigen, Natalie Press, Peter Greenaway
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Director
Peter Greenaway
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Documentary, Painting, Historical Documentaries, Art & Design, Netherlands
Rent Masterpiece: Impressionism... on DVD Masterpiece: Impressionism...
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A lively dance, a vase of brilliant yellow flowers and an afternoon on the banks of the Seine provide the inspiration for these three masterpieces from the Impressionist and post-Impressionist eras. Three meticulous documentaries outline the histories and far-reaching influence of Auguste Renoir's <i>Dance at the Moulin De La Galette</i>, Vincent van Gogh's <i>The Sunflowers</i> and Georges Seurat's <i>A Sunday on La Grande Jatte</i>.
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Director
Director
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Documentary, British TV, Painting, Art & Design, TV Documentaries, BBC, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Great Women Artists: Georgia O'Keeffe on DVD Great Women Artists: Georgia O'Keeffe
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This biographical documentary explores Georgia O'Keeffe's productive career, her marriage to photographer Alfred Stieglitz and her unique style of abstract painting, celebrating one of the greatest modernist painters of the 20th century.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design
Rent The Woodmans on DVD The Woodmans
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This intimate documentary profiles the Woodmans, a family dedicated to the making of art in all forms, and their reaction to the suicide of their most famous member, daughter Francesca, whose startling, sexual photographs established her legacy. Father George, a professor, mother Betty, a famed ceramicist, and son Charlie, a videographer, are interviewed about Francesca's intense life and how the family's devotion to art crafted her development.
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Francesca Woodman, George Woodman, Betty Woodman, Charlie Woodman
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C. Scott Willis
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent Artists of the 20th Century: Salvador Dali on DVD Artists of the 20th Century: Salvador Dali
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Get to know Spanish Surrealist master Salvador Dali in this volume, part of a series exploring some of the most important artists of the 20th century. Learn about Dali's meteoric rise through the art world as a result of his visionary approach to art, and his subsequent difficulties as he was criticized for making art for the sake of money. A figure as colorful and unique as his paintings, Dali created art that's survived the march of time.
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Director
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design
Rent Tales of the Rat Fink on DVD Tales of the Rat Fink
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A veritable explosion of famous names lends their voices to director Ron Mann's rousing tribute to mid-century counterculture animator and custom car designer Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. This energetic documentary is a blend of original music by The Sadies, innovative animation and narration by John Goodman. Paying homage to Rat Fink's radical creator are Ann-Margret, Matt Groening, Jay Leno, Billy Gibbons, Brian Wilson and Tom Wolfe, among others.
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Cast
Jay Leno, Tom Smothers, Matt Groening, John Goodman, Dick Smothers, Ann-Margret, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, Brian Wilson, Tom Wolfe
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Director
Ron Mann
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Genres
Documentary, Art & Design, Car Culture, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton on DVD Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton
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Go behind the scenes of the fashion world with this portrait of top designer Marc Jacobs. Filmmaker Lo&#239;c Prigent follows Jacobs from Paris to New York as he balances promoting his own label with the business of running Louis Vuitton. The result is an unprecedented look at Jacob's style and what makes him such a hot commodity. Victoria Beckham, Uma Thurman, Demi Moore, Sofia Coppola and other fashion-forward celebrities make appearances.
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Cast
Marc Jacobs
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Director
Loïc Prigent
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Documentary, Style & Beauty, Art & Design, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Matthew Barney: No Restraint on DVD Matthew Barney: No Restraint
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A rare look at artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney, this critically acclaimed documentary by Alison Chernick uses the filming of Drawing Restraint 9 as a backdrop to explore Barney's creative process in both film and the art world. Interviews with Barney, his partner, Bj&#246;rk, family members and art critics, along with footage from Barney's films, create an intriguing portrait of the avant-garde artist.
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Matthew Barney, Gabriel Bartalos, Björk
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Director
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design, Sculpture
Rent Masterpiece: Renaissance Masterpieces on DVD Masterpiece: Renaissance Masterpieces
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Concentrating on four icons of Renaissance painting, this documentary series reveals how the works came to be created, how they influenced later artists and how they eventually gained canonical status. The acclaimed quartet consists of Sandro Botticelli's <i>La Primavera</i>, Paolo Uccello's <i>The Battle of San Romano</i>, Leonardo da Vinci's <i>The Last Supper</i> and Piero della Francesca's <i>The Resurrection</i>.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Documentary, British TV, Painting, Art & Design, TV Documentaries, BBC, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies on DVD Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies
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Director Arne Glimcher and narrator-producer Martin Scorsese present this art-filled documentary that explores the connection between cinema and the Cubist paintings of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.
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Cast
Martin Scorsese, Julian Schnabel, Chuck Close, Bernice Rose, Lucas Samaras, Robert Whitman, Eric Fischl, Jennifer Wild, Tom Gunning, Adam Gopnik, Georges Méliès, Owen Lund
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Director
Arne Glimcher
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design
Rent A Harlot's Progress on DVD A Harlot's Progress
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Soon after meeting Covent Garden prostitute Mary Collins (Zoe Tapper), 18th-century English painter William Hogarth (Toby Jones) is inspired to create <i>A Harlot's Progress</i>, a series of paintings that would make him one of the most admired artists of his day. But problems arise for the young painter when he starts working too closely with his subject, embroiling himself in a world of seediness and sin.
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Cast
Toby Jones, Zoe Tapper, Kate Ambler, Phillip Martin Brown, John Castle, Vicky Hall, Roger Hammond, Geraldine James, Adam Levy
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Director
Justin Hardy
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Genres
Drama, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces, Art & Design, Painting, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent 5 Films About Christo & Jeanne-Claude on DVD 5 Films About Christo & Jeanne-Claude
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This fascinating anthology shows the passion, vision and complexity of the environmental art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, whose projects include a 24-mile, 18-foot-high fence in California and a giant curtain hung between two mountains in Colorado. The films -- spanning 30 years -- document not only the process but also the transformational effect the completed works have on those who come in contact with them.
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Cast
Christo, Jeanne-Claude
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Director
Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Giffard, Charlotte Zwerin
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Genres
Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Sculpture, Art & Design, Special Interest
Rent Chihuly: Gardens & Glass on DVD Chihuly: Gardens & Glass
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This hourlong documentary follows glassblower and sculptor Dale Chihuly as he prepares to set up several of his breathtaking glass sculptures at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory, one of the United States' biggest and most historic greenhouses. Chihuly has impressed countless people with his lifelike, glass-blown pieces and unique artistic methods. More than a half-million people ultimately visited the exhibit.
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Cast
Dale Chihuly
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Director
Peter West
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Art & Design, Sculpture
Rent The Confessions of Robert Crumb on DVD The Confessions of Robert Crumb
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Originally produced for BBC television, this provocative documentary probes the unconventional mind of renegade animator Robert Crumb using a script that was somewhat ironically penned by Crumb himself. Crumb famously worked with Harvey Pekar to craft the <i>American Splendor</i> comic books but is also well-known for creating anti-heroic characters of his own, such as Fritz the Cat, Devil Girl and Mr. Natural.
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Cast
Robert Crumb
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Director
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent Adventure of Photography on DVD Adventure of Photography
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This dizzying four-hour retrospective explores the history of photography by zipping through more than 1,700 images -- ranging from early daguerreotypes to nudes to modern photojournalism -- snapped by 300 shutterbugs. Charting the development of various schools of thought and photography styles, the documentary highlights the work of Man Ray, Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, George Eastman, Max Ernst, Eadweard Muybridge, Andy Warhol and more.
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Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Robert Capa
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Director
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Photography, Art & Design
Rent Matisse/Picasso: Twin Giants of Modern Art on DVD Matisse/Picasso: Twin Giants of Modern Art
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Explore the complex relationship between Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, two master painters who started out as rivals but ended up as friends. Relatives, colleagues and experts detail how these artists developed their craft and influenced each other's work. In addition to archival footage and photographs, this documentary presents examples of both painters' groundbreaking creations and reveals fascinating insights into their personal lives.
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Cast
Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Philippe Faure, Pierre Daix, Francoise Gilot, Jacqueline Matisse, Claude Picasso, Maya Widmayer-Picasso
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Director
Philippe Kohly
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design
Rent Masterpiece: 17th c. Masters on DVD Masterpiece: 17th c. Masters
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This engaging series of art documentaries investigates the stories behind classic works by three masters of 17th-century painting: Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer of Holland and Diego Vel&#225;zquez of Spain. A Dutch military company sets out in Rembrandt's <i>The Night Watch</i>, Vermeer celebrates his own medium in <i>The Art of Painting</i>, and the goddess of love regards herself in a mirror held by Cupid in Vel&#225;zquez's <i>The Rokeby Venus</i>.
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Director
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Genres
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Rent Painters Painting on DVD Painters Painting
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Explore the art world through visits to renowned painters' studios in this unique 1973 documentary by Emile de Antonio. Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and other New York notables discuss their work and philosophy in their own spaces. The illuminating conversations reveal the creative impulses behind pop art, abstract expressionism, color field, hard edge and other artistic styles through the painters' own eyes.
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Emile de Antonio, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg
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Director
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design
Rent The Way Things Go on DVD The Way Things Go
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This kinetic video captures the mesmerizing chain reaction -- powered by natural forces -- as an unwinding trash bag sets into motion an eclectic set of objects assembled in a 100-foot-long structure crafted by artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss.
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Director
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Peter Fischli, David Weiss
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Rent The Fantastic World of M.C. Escher on DVD The Fantastic World of M.C. Escher
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Known for his meticulously rendered prints that rely heavily on mathematical concepts, Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis "M.C." Escher (1898-1972) continues to captivate the public with his raw and unquestionable talent. But who exactly was the man behind the complicated works he produced? Through intimate interviews with his friends and other experts, this fascinating program reveals the reality of his fantastic world.
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Cast
M.C. Escher
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Director
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Genres
Documentary, Art & Design, Painting, Biographical Documentaries, Special Interest
Rent The Impressionists: Monet on DVD The Impressionists: Monet
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This absorbing documentary takes viewers to Musee de l'Orangerie, the home of Claude Monet's famed series of water lily paintings; to London's Savoy Hotel, where he produced his celebrated views of the city; and to his house and gardens at Giverny.
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Cast
Claude Monet
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Director
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design
Rent Landmarks of Western Art: The Renaissance on DVD Landmarks of Western Art: The Renaissance
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Combining sophisticated computer graphics with footage from distinguished galleries around the globe, this absorbing documentary -- which spotlights the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Raphael and Hans Holbein -- illustrates Renaissance art's enormous influence on civilization. Historians discuss how the Renaissance artists, who revived classical era techniques, created such a wealth of extraordinary pieces.
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Director
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design, Special Interest
Rent Great Masters of the Italian Renaissance on DVD Great Masters of the Italian Renaissance
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The great artistic achievements of the Italian Renaissance spring to life in this engrossing documentary series. Fanning out across Europe, the filmmakers provide enlightening historical context about the artists and the times in which they lived. Among the masters profiled are Raphael, Michelangelo, Fra Angelico, Piero Della Francesca, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Anthony van Dyck and Bernardo Strozzi.
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Rent Urbanized on DVD Urbanized
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The third part of Gary Hustwit's design film trilogy, Urbanized looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design, explores a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, and frames a global discussion on the future of cities.
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Cast
Oscar Niemeyer, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Amanda M. Burden, Enrique Penalosa, Jan Gehl, Ricardo Scofidio, Michael Sorkin, Gangolf Stocker
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Gary Hustwit
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Rent The Louvre on DVD The Louvre
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Lucy Jarvis -- the plucky camerawoman known for becoming the first Westerner to film inside communist China -- breaks barriers once again with this exclusive look at the world-famous Mus&#233;e du Louvre, a place that previously barred access to all filmmakers. Charles Boyer is your host on this personalized tour of the museum's most prized possessions, including works by da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vermeer and Van Eyck.
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Charles Boyer
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Director
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Special Interest, Art & Design, Painting
Rent A Model for Matisse on DVD A Model for Matisse
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This charming documentary explores the friendship between legendary artist Henri Matisse and the woman who inspired him to create some of his best-loved works, Dominican nun Sister Jacques-Marie.
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Cast
Henri Matisse, Sister Jacques-Marie
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Director
Barbara F. Freed
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design
Rent Power of Past with Bill Moyers: Florence on DVD Power of Past with Bill Moyers: Florence
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Join journalist Bill Moyers for a guided tour of Florence, Italy, that focuses on the art and creativity of the Renaissance, and how key philosophical ideas from the period -- such as the importance of the individual within society -- live on today. Moyers examines some of the city's most important works of art, including several of Michelangelo's frescoes, and interviews such notable artists as filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli and author Umberto Eco.
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Bill Moyers, Franco Zeffirelli, Umberto Eco
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Director
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting
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