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Burden (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 5 May 2017 (USA)
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A probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who took creative expression to the limits and risked his life in the name of art.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chris Burden Chris Burden ... Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marina Abramovic
Vito Acconci Vito Acconci
Larry Bell Larry Bell
Billy Al Benston Billy Al Benston
Bruce Dunlap Bruce Dunlap
Roger Ebert ... Himself (archive footage)
Larry Gagosian
Frank Gehry
Jonathan Gold ... Himself
Charles Hill Charles Hill
Robert Irwin Robert Irwin
John McEnroe
Ed Moses Ed Moses
Regis Philbin ... Himself (archive footage)
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A probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who took creative expression to the limits and risked his life in the name of art.

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Beyond the limits. Out of the museum


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English

Release Date:

5 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chris Burden: Double Bind See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,231, 7 May 2017

Gross USA:

$18,440

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,437
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1.78 : 1
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Burden: Leaving behind a legacy
10 October 2018 | by daisy-luuSee all my reviews

This film is about the life of Chris Burden as an artist. Those who know him, know him for his crazy, daring and often times violent performance art pieces. The film talks about his most well known and piece-gone-slightly-wrong where he gets shot in the arm titled Shoot. The film presents performance art pieces during his youth that defined him as an artist as well as after the 1970's when he turned to sculpture and installation. What I like about the film is that it talks about the pieces and how he felt about them at the time. After he turned away from performance art is when we get an older, different kind of Burden. I quite enjoyed seeing his sculpture and installation art a lot more because they're his most recent works and ones that people can go see forever. Like it seemed in the film, Burden didn't want to just be known as the guy who got himself shot, but he wanted to leave behind a legacy. He felt it was okay that people loved his sculpture and installation art without knowing the artist because he felt it meant the "art became more than the maker". The thing about not showing more of what Burden did after his turn away from performance art I felt was the only downside about the film because Burden was so much more than a performance artist and a lot of the film focused on the performance pieces. Putting that aside, the recent art the film does show are wonderful pieces and they were ones that really inspired me the most! Overall, a great documentary on a inspiring artist.


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