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How to Draw a Bunny (2002)

Interviews with Christo, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malina, James Rosenquist and others help illuminate the life and work of Warhol contemporary Ray Johnson.

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Joseph Ialacci ...
Himself - former Sag Harbor Police Chief (as Chief Joseph Ialacci)
Richard Feigen ...
Himself
Frances Beatty ...
Herself - Richard L. Feigen & Co.
Mort Janklow ...
Himself (as Morton Janklow)
Janet Giffra ...
Herself - Johnson's cousin
Richard Lippold ...
Himself
Billy Name ...
Himself
Dorothy Lichtenstein ...
Herself
...
Himself
Jeanne-Claude ...
Herself
Malka Saffro ...
Herself
Eric Granros ...
Himself
Nick Maravell ...
Himself
Peter Schuyff ...
Himself
Buster Cleveland ...
Himself (as Buster Cleaveland)
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The story of the life of artist Ray Johnson is cloaked in mystery not only at the moment of his death, but also throughout a career that was difficult to know and to understand. As one of the seminal figures in the Pop Art era, Johnson is known as the founding father of mail art and as a collagist extraordinaire. But, overshadowed by those like Warhol who manipulated that world in a very dissimilar manner, he was also a reclusive and sometimes enigmatic figure who has been called New York's most famous unknown artist, but who challenged the commercial and critical establishment. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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$2,706 (USA) (12 March 2004)

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$2,706 (USA) (12 March 2004)
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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

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String Quartet No. 3 Mishima: Mishima/Closing
Written by Philip Glass
Performed by Kronos Quartet
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Limited audience biopic.
6 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To the extent anything about abstract artist Ray Johnson lends itself to the description "straight-forward", "How to Draw a Bunny" is a straight-forward documentary about the man's life. The films spends some time on building mystery over Johnson's eventual suicide at 62 but the mystery turns out to be a little less surprising than the ending of "Titanic". Otherwise the documentary traces Johnson's life from childhood through the growth of his reputation in the abstract art community presenting mostly unknown contemporaries with the exception of Christo and his wife Jean-Claude. These friends, fellow artists and others can give little insight into understanding Johnson's remote collages or his unusual behavior. Ultimately, whether you enjoy the film depends on whether you find an interest in Johnson 's art and life which limits the audience for the film severely.


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