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At age 70, LA painter and one-man-band musician Llyn Foulkes struggles to be remembered. As he finishes two paintings, one that cost him his marriage, he feverishly works to create deep, ... See full summary »

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At age 70, LA painter and one-man-band musician Llyn Foulkes struggles to be remembered. As he finishes two paintings, one that cost him his marriage, he feverishly works to create deep, three-dimensional 'pictures' layering real objects and shadows. When no one attends his NY show, he blames himself. With commentary from Dennis Hopper, we learn Llyn was kicked out of the Ferus Gallery for insulting another artist's work, setting the tone for the next fifty years of his refusal to sell out. Twenty years after performing on the Tonight Show, he plays 'The Machine' alone, a one-man band in both music and art. Part Clint Eastwood, part political anarchist, this intimate portrait of Llyn Foulkes follows his obsessive craft and process for eight years. Written by Anonymous

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This is a wonderful piece about obsession and perseverance. Foulkes is a somewhat prickly but ultimately lovable presence whose level of insecurity and self-doubt is matched only by his fierce intelligence and will to succeed. One of the things I loved about this film the most was the meditative rhythm with which it proceeded. Foulkes himself has a very particular way of talking, and the cadence and texture of his voice felt like a musical element that was well used by the filmmakers. He talks almost non-stop in the film, yet his silences are so well placed and so interestingly used that they speak volumes.

Foulkes makes a strong case for himself as a significant artist, and the film contains a lot of interesting details about his life and times. Dennis Hopper pops up here and there, and we learn a lot about the fickle whims of the "serious" art world.

Altogether, a very strong film about a unique individual.

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