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Americans as a collective were known as being artistically challenged. During Grandpa's time, art in America was looked at a bit differently than it is today. Typical of the American ideal of art of the time, Grandpa filled his parlor with as many knick-knacks as he could fit in the room. Grandpa wanted things that had some flair to them, and if it was imported, it must be art worthy. But if he could make the art functional, so much the better. Thirty years since Grandpa has passed on, Americans view art a little differently. Simplicity, cleanliness and honesty typify what is considered art. The changes are a result of education available for all, and a more balanced life between work and leisure, which allows the population to appreciate beauty around them that they may not have previously noticed. Thomas Hart Benton and Reginald Marsh are among the new generation of American artists who are bringing art to the common man and who are featured in this movie. Written by Huggo

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15 July 1944 (USA)  »

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Passing Parade #48: Grandpa Called It Art  »

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Passing Parade
6 October 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Grandpa Called it Art (1944)

** (out of 4)

I'm a major fan of John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series but this here is without question the strangest of the dozens I've seen. We start off talking about "grandpa" and the type of things that he would consider art. We see a beautiful painting inside a case that then has ugly seashells around it. We see a nice carving but with ugly lights attached to it. We then learn that Americans are good when it comes to making money but are they stupid when it comes to art? We then see "current" art and how Americans are getting better at creating art instead of just copying it. Again, I'm really not sure what point the director and screenwriter were trying to do with this thing but I guess they can at least brag that they've created something very strange. The movie is pretty flat from start to finish but things never get overly boring since you're just wondering where the thing is going to go next. Nesbitt's narration is of high quality as usual but there's just not too much he's saying that makes much sense.


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