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Rodin, the Gates of Hell (1982)

Auguste Rodin's masterpiece The Gates of Hell is an epic achievement: a massive portal to Hades inspired by Dante's Inferno, its towering doors covered with nearly 200 individual figures. ... See full summary »

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Auguste Rodin's masterpiece The Gates of Hell is an epic achievement: a massive portal to Hades inspired by Dante's Inferno, its towering doors covered with nearly 200 individual figures. Commissioned in 1880, the project was to be the main entrance to the museum of decorative arts in Paris, a museum that was never built. A century later, legendary New York businessman and philanthropist B. Gerald Cantor and his wife, Iris, convened a team of experts to attempt the first-ever bronze casting of The Gates of Hell using the painstaking "lost wax" method that Rodin himself had favored. The finished piece would stand 21 feet high and 12 feet wide, and weigh eight tons. This award-winning film chronicles Rodin's struggles and sacrifices in creating a monumental work of art -- and the extraordinary modern-day effort to give it the final form he envisioned.

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October 1982 (USA)  »

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Great Film
6 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Wow, I could watch this film over and over again. I can't believe what I learned about the casting process and about Rodin himself. I would love to have one of my sculptures cast and see the process all the way thru. This film will be invaluable to artists and art students around the world. I only wish that I had seen it before now. So great to have it available on Amazon. Now, a trip to Paris, as when I look at any bronze sculpture I imaging what that piece went thru to become the sculpture that I am looking at. It's amazing that the process is virtually the same as it was in Rodin's time. I am grateful that someone took the time to make this remarkable video and get it distributed and available as it is.


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