The Resource Art Lives : Marc Chagall, (streaming video)

Art Lives : Marc Chagall, (streaming video)

Label
Art Lives : Marc Chagall
Title
Art Lives
Title remainder
Marc Chagall
Subject
Summary
My name is Marc, my emotional life is sensitive and my wallet is empty, but they say I have talent.' This 1985 film follows the journey of a young British artist researching the life and work of Marc Chagall. Chagall's journey, spanning the 20th century, from Vitepsk in Belarus to the 'Grand Old Man' of French painting is a fascinating one. The young artist, Saul Greenberg, does not get to meet Chagall, who was 97 and in the last year of his life, but it is through his eyes that the story of Chagall unfolds. Greenberg is living and working in the 'La Ruche' artist's residence in Paris, just as Chagall did before World War I. This is where he starts his film essay, directed for The South Bank Show by Kim Evans, about the life of his brilliant predecessor. Chagall was born to Jewish parents in 1887 and we find that his roots remained a huge influence on his work throughout his life. Home, the people he knew there, his Jewish heritage -- all were themes that he revisited time and again. Nevertheless, in 1907 he left Vitepsk for St. Petersburg and, a few years later, travelled on to Paris. Paris in 1913 was experiencing an era of great artistic experimentation, what Chagall called 'a revolution of the eye', with both the Cubist and Impressionist schools at the height of their powers. Chagall's work at this time clearly shows the influence of his new surroundings, although Greenberg finds the influence of Cubism hard to reconcile alongside older Russian decorations and motifs. In 1915 Chagall married Bella, his childhood sweetheart, and she becomes another fundamentally important influence, both as a subject and a critic. They were married for 30 years until Bella's death in 1944, and her face can be found in many of his works right through to the end of his life. It was in his love for her that Chagall found the inspiration for his flying figures. Greenberg also explores the influence of wider historical events on Chagall's life, particularly the Second World War and the Holocaust. We hear a 1950 poem by Chagall that movingly expresses his sorrow and also his haunting, senseless guilt at having escaped from France when so many of his peers did not. Chagall's own words are voiced by an actor (a technique Illuminations has used to great effect in The Art of... films), but Greenberg is frustrated by his subject's resistance to the idea of finding 'meaning' in his mystical paintings. The film concludes with the Englishman consoling himself with a visit to the circus, prominent in Chagall's work, another magical medium where, perhaps, an overly analytical approach is not always helpful. Extras include picture gallery and trailers; soundtrack versions in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian
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Cataloging source
VDU
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by Illuminations Media in 2008
Language note
In English
Runtime
52
Technique
live action
Label
Art Lives : Marc Chagall, (streaming video)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from title frames
  • In Process Record
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1046413
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Governing access note
  • If you can{u2019}t find the material you require in the Kanopy collection, please contact your subject librarian
  • Available for use by up to 3 uses, 4th uses triggers 1 year subscription for unlimited users
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Publisher number
1046413
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Video recording format
other
Label
Art Lives : Marc Chagall, (streaming video)
Publication
Note
  • Title from title frames
  • In Process Record
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1046413
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Governing access note
  • If you can{u2019}t find the material you require in the Kanopy collection, please contact your subject librarian
  • Available for use by up to 3 uses, 4th uses triggers 1 year subscription for unlimited users
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Publisher number
1046413
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Video recording format
other

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