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Alexander Calder (1998)

Cast: Tovah Feldshuh, Tovah Feldshuh
Director: Roger M. Sherman, Roger M. Sherman
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Winsor
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Art
Running Time: 60 min.
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This title is currently out of print.

This film is one of a series that profiles some of the great artists that America has produced. This segment features sculptor and mobile artist Alexander Calder. Calder became a major art force by the middle of the 20th century. His name is synonymous with the mobile, or moving, sculpture. Influenced by his contact with French artists like Mondrian, Miro, and Arp, Calder brought a freedom of shape and color to the American art scene. The film shows representative sculptural works in wire and mobiles in metal. There are interviews with colleagues and film clips of this consummate artist of kinetic motion. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, All Movie Guide

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Enjoyable, fun and informative. by waukegan1 April 2, 2006 - 2:44 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Captures the playful, imaginative spirit of much of Calder's art and the experimental, inventive, fun-loving spirit of the man who created it. The material covering his early and middle years was the best - his wire sculptures are beautiful and whimsical, and his mobiles are sublimely lovely. The documentary is less interesting when it gets to the end of Calder's career, when he created his gigantic, much copied (by those with lesser gifts!) metal sculptures. In Calder's hands, these pieces work, but Calder imitators have churned out armies of big, blocky, metal "corporate art" constructions (often they are red or black) that get plunked outside of big, impersonal office buildings, in the middle of some sterile "plaza" few people ever sit in. I would have enjoyed a bit of commentary on this - I doubt Calder would have approved! But the film doesn't bring this topic up. Overall, though, it's a great documentary, especially if you love Calder's work as much as I do.

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