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Eternal Gaze (2003)

An exceptionally moving portrayal of the work of sculptor Alberto Giacometti, whose work with wire and clay figures in his Paris studio is shown at two different points in his life: once ... See full summary »

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An exceptionally moving portrayal of the work of sculptor Alberto Giacometti, whose work with wire and clay figures in his Paris studio is shown at two different points in his life: once when his obsession with perfection leads to a terrible dream and later, when his chronic smoking causes his death and he receives a special benediction from his creations. Written by stevergy2000@yahoo.com

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Wow--this is terrific!
25 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

Wow, is this a terrific short film. In fact, I am surprised that it's only won one award, as it's a beautiful and poignant film from start to finish.

ETERNAL GAZE is about the life of Alberto Giacometti, though it is not a biography and Giacometti did not die as they showed in the film. Instead, it's a fictionalized film about his creative process--the tortured and obsessive way in which he worked.

The first thing you notice about this black and white film is the amazing computer generated animation. This CGI is top-notch and amazing--with a real artistic flair. So, not only was Giacometti a great artist, but the people who made this film and rendered all these images were geniuses as well. It's just amazing and you need to see it to appreciate it.

The second thing you may notice is that the artist is not a particularly happy man in this film. He constantly is fiddling with his completed sculptures--never happy with his results. He loves his work and is unable to let go--leading to an amazing ending that is touching and just plain cool.

The bottom line is that no written description can do this film justice. It's one of these you just need to see for yourself. If you love short experimental films, then you'll love this one. Regardless, it seems impossible for someone to see it and not be impressed. A great little film.


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