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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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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 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)


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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Release Date:

5 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chris Burden: Double Bind See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,231, 5 May 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,001, 19 May 2017
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Provides Insight into Chris Burden's Life and Art
9 October 2018 | by keckheartSee all my reviews

As a documentary, Burden is a successful film. It accurately captures Chris Burden and the performance and sculptural work he created throughout his life. It depicts Burden's wild, dangerous, sometimes violent work while also telling the stories behind each piece. On occasion it also goes into detail about Burden's life growing up and his life as an innovator outside of his artwork. One area where the film is lacking is in its balance between the past and the present. Whenever the film transitions from the chaotic stories of Burden's early work to the quiet, calm interviews of present-day, it is very powerful. The film only does this a few times, however, and focuses the majority of the time on discussing the wild, hectic, dangerous performances and sculptures Burden did in his early life. Though this is very informative and provides eye-opening insight into the life and work of Chris Burden, I yearned for more information on the work and life of Burden in his later years. Burden's later years were left very vague and mysterious. Despite a few flaws, this film provides important documentation on how Burden's controversial and bold artwork changed the art history world forever. If you are looking for a film that shows how provocative and controversial art can change the world, this documentary is for you.

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