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  • All Restrictions EndAll Restrictions End - Reflections on Islam and clothing, Iranian cinema, Persian painting and more characterize this thought-provoking artistic documentary.

  • Anatsui at Work - A swift instructive look at the artist El Anatsui demonstrating his process, and discussing his theories.

  • Art and Oligarchs - Newly-minted Russian art collectors have many reasons for investing in fine art, some more sleazy than others.

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  • Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery - For nearly 40 years, Wolfgang Beltracchi fooled the international art world and was responsible for the biggest art forgery scandal of the postwar era.

  • Between Madness and ArtBetween Madness and Art - The story of Dr. Hans Prinzhorn (1886-1933) and his collection of art by schizophrenic patients.

  • Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 - Auteur filmmaker Bill Morrison brings to life a new cinematic record of World War I.

  • Bill Morrison: Collected Works (1996–2013) - This five-disc set comprises 16 works by filmmaker and multimedia artist Bill Morrison.

  • Black Dawn - An animated account of Haiti's liberation told through the eyes of two African slaves.

  • Black Is the ColorBlack Is the Color - Traces the history of African-American art, placing great works in context and including commentary from celebrated contemporary visual artists.

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  • The Case of the Grinning Cat - In his newest film, French cinema-essayist Chris Marker reflects on French and international politics, art and culture at the start of the new millennium.

  • The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg - The entrepreneur, diplomat and art collector Uli Sigg has played a role in the transformation of China's art world since the 1970s.

  • Chris Marker's Bestiary - Five Chris Marker short films devoted to animals collected together and available for the first time!

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  • Dark Star: H. R. Giger's World - Meet the Oscar-winner behind the ALIEN xenomorph and architect of nightmares.

  • Dong - The great filmmaker Jia Zhangke travels with acclaimed painter Liu Xiaodong to Thailand where they meet workers in the throes of social turmoil.

  • Dreams Rewired - Tilda Swinton's narration and a treasure trove of rare archival footage trace the origins of today's hyper-connected world.

  • Dries - For the first time, fashion designer Dries Van Noten allows a filmmaker to accompany him in his creative process and home life. 

  • DustDust - DUST turns one of the most commonplace subjects imaginable into a vehicle for a new appreciation of how these tiny particles affect our bodies and our environment and can provide a fresh new perspective of the entire world.

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  • Eternity Has No Door of Escape - A history of art brut or "outsider art."

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  • Fang - Mixes documentary and fiction techniques to recount an African art object's 100 year journey - a whole century of Western attitudes towards African culture packed into 8 minutes!

  • Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui - A powerful portrait of Africa's most widely acclaimed contemporary artist El Anatsui.

  • Food DesignFood Design - A look inside the secret chambers where designers and scientists are defining your favorite mouthful of tomorrow.

  • Futures Market - A visual essay on cultural memory, urban space, and real estate speculation.

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  • Glassy-Eyed - After painter Bill Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he began his greatest body of work - a decade-long series of self-portraits chronicling his journey into dementia.

  • Great Expectations - A journey through the history of visionary architecture, a survey of the most significant architectural movements of the 20th century that challenged conventional concepts.

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  • The Hermitage DwellersThe Hermitage Dwellers - This kaleidoscope of people and events in the great museum unfolds into a poignant account of Russia's painful 20th century transformed by the "dwellers" intimate relationship with the art.

  • Hermitage-Niks - This five-part series is the expanded, in-depth version of THE HERMITAGE DWELLERS.

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  • In the Steps of Trisha Brown - The dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet learn to perform "Glacial Decoy," the seminal 1979 work by choreographer Trisha Brown.

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  • Living Memory - About Mali's ancient culture, and this culture's position in the country today. Exposes tensions in a society assailed by modernization, Islam and global tourism, yet confident that it will maintain its own distinctive character.

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  • Malick SidibéMalick Sidibé - Short but sweet look at the work of the renowned African artist whose photographs have documented social and cultural changes in Mali over a forty-year period.

  • Man for a Day - Performance artist and drag king Diane Torr leads a workshop in which women develop male characters.

  • Mille Gilles - The thought and ideas of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, and his impact on creative work and communities around the world.

  • A Modest World - A film about ordinary people who transform insignificant things into works of art.

  • Mr. GagaMr. Gaga - The story of artistic genius Ohad Naharin, one of the most important choreographers in the world, who redefined the language of modern dance.

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  • Nefertiti's Daughters - Female street artists are on the front lines in the fight for freedom in Egypt today.

  • The Next Big Thing - The contemporary art world is changing dramatically. How are collectors, museum directors, dealers and artists responding to transformations in the market?

  • Notes on Marie Menken - The story of the "mother of avante-garde film"—the influential experimental filmmaker who inspired artists such as Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol, and Kenneth Anger.

  • Now he's out in public and everyone can seeNow he's out in public and everyone can see - Online videos diaries are stitched together into a dense, polyphonic essay on race and identity.

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  • On Snow's Wavelength, Zoom Out - A documentary on artist Michael Snow, regarded as one of the great innovators and theoreticians of the film medium, as informative and enjoyable as it is beautifully constructed.

  • One Day Pina Asked... - Chantal Akerman follows choreographer Pina Bausch and her dance company on a European tour.

  • Outsider - Judith Scott had Down syndrome, was deaf, and did not speak. Yet after 35 years of institutionalization, with the help of a sister who never gave up on her, she emerged to create a series of sculptures that have fascinated and mystified art experts and collectors around the world.

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  • Picasso and Sima, Antibes 1946Picasso and Sima, Antibes 1946 - In 1946, Pablo Picasso asked fellow artist Michel Sima to document Picasso's artwork-in-progress.

  • Portraits of America - Natalie Bookchin is an artist and filmmaker who, through virtuosic editing and innovative sonic and visual montage, interrogates the American crisis and its increased inequality and polarization.

  • Proteus - Animated exploration of the 19th century's fascination with the undersea world, and portrait of biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel, who found in the sea depths an ecstatic fusion of science and art.

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  • Raw Beauty - Explores the immense influence of artists deemed to have psychological illnesses on 20th-century art history.

  • Rebels on PointeRebels on Pointe - The riotous, all-male troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo challenge gender and artistic norms in the world of ballet.

  • Regular or Super - A lovely introduction to Mies van der Rohe, one of the 20th century's most influential architects, and a stimulating examination of modernism and urban environments.

  • Remembrance of Things to Come - This tapestry of still photographs, subject-skipping montage and rapid shuttle of wit and philosophy is pure Chris Marker.

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  • Saving Mes Aynak - Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site from imminent demolition.

  • The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John BergerThe Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger - A multi-faceted portrait of artist, philosopher, writer, storyteller and "radical humanist" John Berger.

  • Secret Museums - For millenia erotic art has been created, often by some of the world's best-known artists. But it is rarely on public display.

  • The Silence of Mark Rothko - With his imposing canvasses, pure color and texture, Mark Rothko sought to express fundamental human emotions.

  • Sol LeWitt - Explores the artist's work and philosophy, using extensive interviews and documentation of artwork installed around the world.

  • The Spectre of HopeThe Spectre of Hope - Critic and writer John Berger and photographer Sebastião Salgado lead this searing examination of imagery and images, the abyss, hope, and globalization.

  • Stolen Art - In 1978 in New York City, an unknown Czech artist by the name of Pavel Novak held an exhibit entitled Stolen Art...

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  • Tape - Performance artist Li Ning turns his life into art in this epic work of experimental documentary.

  • Tatsumi - The life and work of Japanese comics artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi-a manga pioneer who elevated the genre to a new level of creative expression and adult realism.

  • 'Til Madness Do Us Part'Til Madness Do Us Part - The daily lives and isolation of a group of men locked on one floor of a Chinese city's psychiatric institution.

  • To Be Seen - A lively study of visual culture, and an exploration of an age-old urban cultural phenomenon, street art. What is art's role in the context of public space and urban culture?

  • To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter - A cinematic love letter to filmmaker Chris Marker.

  • Tosca's Kiss - Meet the inhabitants of the "Casa di Riposa" in Milan, the world's first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896.

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  • Views on VermeerViews on Vermeer - 10 contemporary artists and writers invite us to discover or re-discover the painter's work, and to appreciate it in new ways.

  • Vulva 3.0 - Comprehensive and unflustered research into the history and biology of the female anatomy.

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  • The Way Things Go - 100 feet of physical interactions, chemical reactions, and precisely crafted chaos worthy of Rube Goldberg or Alfred Hitchcock - a discussion starter for sure.

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  • Zone of Silence - Five Cuban intellectuals discuss censorship as a historical, political and social phenomenon.

  • ZygosisZygosis - A radical and humorous electronic homage to John Heartfield, anti-Nazi German satirist who pioneered the photomontage.

More Films & DVDs on Art
  • Artful History - Artful History offers an insider's look at the world of art restoration and raises crucial questions about art, authenticity, and the tension between historical and commercial value.

  • August Sander - A portrait of one of the most important photographers of the 20th century, who though uncelebrated in his own lifetime, pioneered social documentary photography.

  • Bruly Bouabré's Alphabet - In the 1950's, Ivory Coast artist Bruly Bouabré created hundreds of pictograms based on one-syllable words in his language, Bété.

  • Constant, Avant le Depart - Filmed shortly before Constant Nieuwenhuys' death, this is an intimate glimpse into the life and work of the painter, urban theorist, and influential member of the European avant-garde.

  • Cracks in the Mask - A Torres Strait Islander sets out on a voyage of discovery to the great museums of Europe where his cultural heritage now lies.

  • Dreamings - Showing Aboriginal artists at work in their native environments, DREAMINGS explores the meaning and mystical significance behind these evocative works.

  • First Look - The first ever U.S. exhibit of revolutionary Cuba's art.

  • Hidden Gifts - The mysterious relationship between artistic expression and mental illness, glimpsed through the story of Scotsman Angus MacPhee, diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1946.

  • Light, Darkness, and Colours - Using Goethe's Theory of Colors (Zur Farbenlehre) as a point of departure, takes us on a fascinating journey through the universe of colors.

  • Luckey - A highly engrossing family drama about a successful artist who must cope with his sudden paralysis following an accident.

  • Photo Souvenir - Philippe Koudjina was once a renowned portrait photographer in Niger, but now, due to injury and illness, he barely ekes out an existence, while his contemporaries Sidibe and Keita have gone on to international success.

  • The Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover - A complex tale of art world profit, deception and crime, framed by O. Winston Link's stunning iconic photographs of the last of the American steam locomotives.

  • Santiago Calatrava's Travels - A fascinating portrait of world famous artist, engineer, architect and urban studies scholar Santiago Calatrava, and an interdisciplinary reflection on the perception and impact of architecture.

  • Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square - An artist's personal exploration of China's recent history from the Cultural Revolution through the 1980s, told through a rich collage of original artwork, archival and family photographs, and animation.

  • Swing in Beijing - A comprehensive survey of the contemporary art scene in Beijing, China, by the Academy Award nominated filmmaker Shui-Bo Wang.

  • The Universal Clock - Is there an alternative to run-of-the-mill TV? The film introduces us to Peter Watkins, who for the last three decades has proven that quality TV may be made without compromise.

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