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This is the story of the quest of the artist Christo to wrap the famous Pont Neuf in France in fabric. It took Christo and his wife ten years to get permission from the Parisian government,... See full summary »

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Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.

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Gimme Shelter (1970)
Documentary | Music | Thriller
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A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

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The Gates (2007)
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A documentary on New York City's biggest public art project ever, an installation called "The Gates," by Christo and Jeanne Claude.

Directors: Antonio Ferrera, Albert Maysles
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Grey Gardens (1975)
Documentary | Comedy | Drama
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An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

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Directors: Albert Maysles, Kristen Nutile
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Documentary | Short
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Christo, an artist, wants to put a piece of orange fabric across a valley. This Oscar-nominated film documents his success showing how a large piece of fabric can look small when accomplished.

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Ozawa (TV Movie 1985)
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Stars: Seiji Ozawa, Rudolf Serkin, Yo-Yo Ma
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The Politics Of Art
3 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay,I admit it:I have been a fan of Christo for some years now (I love the idea of textured art),since I saw photographs of some of his more controversial pieces (the wrapping of the Reichstag building in Berlin,Germany,etc.). In 'Running Fence',Christo & his long time life partner,Jeanne Claude are seen going through the long,involved process of applying for a permit to construct his pet project,The Running Fence,originally begun in 1972,and completed in 1976,and being fought tooth & nail by some of California's more closed minded philistines. Even after the permit is awarded to Christo & Jeanne Claude,the locals threaten legal action if the fence is constructed outside of the legal limits originally set fourth. David & Albert Maysles & Charlotte Zerwin (Gimmie Shelter)turn their camera on all of the b.s. that Christo & Jeanne Claude have to go through for art,in their usual non narrative style,in this short (only about 58 minutes)documentary film that shows how perseverance wins out. Mainly spoken in English,but does have some French with English subtitles. Not rated by the MPAA,this film has a bit of rude language,but pretty much nothing else to offend the eye.


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