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Frazetta: Painting with Fire (2003)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 8 May 2003 (USA)
For over 50 years, Frank Frazetta dominated the art world with his images of fierce warriors, helpless princesses, and fantastical creatures set in the most lavish landscapes. His impact ... See full summary »

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For over 50 years, Frank Frazetta dominated the art world with his images of fierce warriors, helpless princesses, and fantastical creatures set in the most lavish landscapes. His impact upon the worlds of fantasy art and film was unparalleled, and it can be seen to this day in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Amazingly, he managed to do this while nearly dying because of an undiagnosed thyroid condition. Even more astonishing was his ability to survive six strokes, which forced him to switch from drawing with his right hand to drawing with his left hand. The film documents the life and work of this legendary fantasy artist while exploring the universal theme of inspiration. Visual effects are used in a very unique way to bring his paintings to life. And when you combine this technique with an outstanding original score, it makes for a very original documentary. Bo Derek, Ralph Bakshi, John Milius, Glenn Danzig, and Forrest Ackerman are just a few of the people who appear in this ... Written by Anonymous

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His paintings are detailed, striking, and most importantly, alive.
5 September 2005 | by (The IMDb Horror Board!) – See all my reviews

This is a documentary about Frank Frazetta, the great artist behind the famous Conan book covers and other such fantasy imagery. I'm sure most everyone has seen some of his work whether they've realized it or not, or at least saw some pieces that were influenced by him, of which there are many. His paintings are detailed, striking, and most importantly, alive. The film covers nearly all aspects of Frazetta's life, from his childhood where his talents were already becoming realized, to his family life, to his health problems in later years that forced him to learn to draw with his left hand. It's all pretty interesting, especially if you like his kind of artwork. Catch this documentary showing on either IFC or better yet, get the DVD, which was included with the release of Fire and Ice. The commentary (by director Laspina and producer DiFiore) gives additional insight on Frazetta and his craft. By the way, make sure to watch past the credits for a final bit of humor.


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