Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Picasso & Braque Go to the Movies'
This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:
“Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies”
In the talky convergence of film and fine art cultures that informs “Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies,” it seems the only question left unanswered is whether these two lofty figures of the Cubist movement preferred their popcorn with or without butter. This odd but intriguing 2008 documentary is due out on DVD Tuesday.
The brainchild of art dealer and occasional filmmaker Arne Glimcher, the film essentially asserts that, rather than remaining sequestered in their garrets creating landmark artwork, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque and their cohorts in avant-garde Paris of the early 20th century were fully engaged with the “new technologies that promised the annihilation of time and space as it was known.”
Thus, the film argues in discursive and meandering ways, the early works of Thomas Edison, the Lumiere brothers and other techno wizards exerted a profound influence on modern abstract painting, especially on Cubism, conceived in 1907 by Picasso and Braque.
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