Lysippos: 2,300 years ago he chose bronze as his medium but his works have reached us in marble. Alexander the Great's exclusive portraitist, he changed art forever. His style became an ideal model for sculpture inspiring artists throughout Europe. He, himself, was almost forgotten. Now the Spirit of Bronze and the Spirit of Marble guide us on a journey through time to research the story and the works of the great sculptor. Written by
If a film documentary is the 'creative treatment of actuality', setting it apart from talking heads, travelogues and newsreels, then Lisippo is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen on culture and archeology. This film does something quite unique to the viewer; through an aesthetic emotion it generates an intellectual emotion.
The director seems to follow a 'metaphysical' narrative, presenting Lisippo as an invisible figure lost in the Universe, a decadent world, perhaps the 'glory that once was'. Clouds compose the geographical maps of Lisippo's journey following Alexander. Two narrators, the Spirit of Bronze (a young mans' hazy reflection on a floating leaf of bronze) and the Spirit of Marble (the shadow of an older bearded man falling on a piece of Marble) lead us amongst the stars, while a subtle film score makes its contribution gradually transforming into a beautiful grandiose Bolero.
If the purpose of art is to emotionally move us, then this film achieves its goal 100%. Historical knowledge is communicated on an emotional level. And it is treated in such a way that everyone can understand it and get moved by it. No more words. You have to experience it.
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