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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Excellent film.
3 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A must see.

I really loved the journey I went on with this film. Not only did I learn so much, but I have a new respect for monumental art and the painstaking work that must be endured to see the final vision come to fruition. With all the twists and turns of this adventure you are sure to come away with a fascinating understanding of the gift this is to the art world and the new generation of Rodin fans around the world. I feel I have a better understanding of who Rodin was and what he was trying to accomplish with this spectacular work of art. I am grateful to supporters of art with extraordinary vision and the ability to share their successes with the rest of the world.

I was on the edge of my seat the entire film. Enjoy!


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