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Thorvaldsen

Denmark, 1949 (MIFF 1953, Art and Ballet)

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer, Preben Frank

One of the most visually inventive films on art. By the combined movements of statue, camera, and background, a view of the entire work and then close-ups, the development of an idea from a drawing to a finished work, the film gives a curious kind of semi-existence to Thoryaldsen's somewhat frigid (by modern standards) sculptures.

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Ballet by Degas

USA, 1952
A study of a number of ballet paintings of Edgar Degas (1834-1917) : "Ballet Class", "Coryphee Resting", "Ballerina and Lady with Fan", "On Stage", "Dancers Practising at the Bar", and "Pink and Gree… More »

The Desperate Heart

USA, 1952
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Grandma Moses

USA, 1950
An interview with "Grandma Moses", one of the best known artists in America today. Many of the paintings of Anna Mary Robertson, now in her nineties, are included. ... More »

L'Affaire Manet

France, 1951
The work of Edouard Manet, the French impressionist, and an account of the hostile reception given to "Olympia" and many of his other paintings. ... More »

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