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Beuys (2017)

A documentary about the 20th century German sculptor and performance artist Joseph Beuys.


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Cast overview:
Joseph Beuys ... Himself (archive footage)
Caroline Tisdall Caroline Tisdall ... Herself
Rhea Thönges-Stringaris Rhea Thönges-Stringaris ... Herself
Franz von der Grinten Franz von der Grinten ... Himself (as Franz Joseph von der Grinten)
Johannes Stüttgen Johannes Stüttgen ... Himself
Klaus Staeck Klaus Staeck ... Himself


A documentary about the 20th century German sculptor and performance artist Joseph Beuys.

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German | English

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17 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beuys. Sztuka to rewolucja See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,084, 21 January 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$65,410, 31 May 2018
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Color | Black and White (archive material)
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The artist as philosopher and/or provocateur
21 April 2019 | by skepticskepticalSee all my reviews

I had never heard of Beuys before seeing this film. Not sure what that implies. Anyway, despite being initially skeptical when I learned that he was injured several times while flying sorties for the Nazis, I ended up finding him to be quite an interesting character. The film does a good job of portraying the artist as philosopher. But he also seems to be a provocateur, which is how he became famous during his lifetime.

Physically, his appeal may have derived in part from his resemblance to a B-movie detective character not unlike those portrayed by Humphrey Bogart. Looking at the works presented in this film, there can be no doubt that Beuys influenced later generations of performance artists.

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