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To Paint the Portrait of a Bird (2007)

An aging, reclusive painter sets out into the wilderness to create a final masterpiece and obtain a kind of "divine affirmation" that his life spent as an artist has not been in vain. ... See full summary »

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An aging, reclusive painter sets out into the wilderness to create a final masterpiece and obtain a kind of "divine affirmation" that his life spent as an artist has not been in vain. Meanwhile, a young boy looks on documenting his observations of the artist at work, which becomes the text of the poem and narrative for the film. Written by Seamus McNally

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26 August 2007 (Canada)  »

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Terrific film
7 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Had the opportunity to see this little gem at a screening in Manhattan and it is a beautifully realized film. Produced by Loose Moon Productions, it was filmed in upstate New York over a period of several seasons and the effort extended for a fifteen minute short is reflected in the quality of the finished product. The imagery caught by the lens of Jonathan Cliff and the original music composed by Lance Horne surrounding the famous poem, 'To Paint the Portrait of a Bird' by Jacques Prevert, is mesmerizing and the unspoken performance by T.D. White as the aging painter is touching indeed. Not sure if this is yet available on DVD but try to see this if you can.


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