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Art documentaries

The Art of Russia

HistoryArt Presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon 2009 Unrated

The Art of Russia, a three-part documentary made in 2009 by British historian and art-critic Andrew Graham-Dixon looking into the wonderful history of art in Russia.

Secrets of the Mona Lisa

Secrets of the Mona Lisa, a 2015 art documentary presented by British historian and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon.   The Mona Lisa is easily the most famous single piece of art in the world. Much of this attention has come from the seductive mystery of the woman depicted in the painting[...]

The Science of Interstellar

ArtScience Presenter Matthew Mcconaughey 2014 Unrated

The Science of Interstellar: physicist Kip Thorne who worked on the Christopher Nolan movie "Interstellar" explains how the amazing visuals featured in the film are based on real science.   This documentary is a journey in wormholes, black holes, interstellar travel, and much mo[...]

Art & Copy

Art Presenter Doug Pray 2009 Unrated

Art & Copy examines the almost untold story of some of the most creative individuals of the creative advertising industry.   The film goes back to the 1960's when there was a "creative revolution" in which artists expressed a rebellious spirit in their work. It then proc[...]

Building the Great Cathedrals

ArtEngineering Presenter Jay O. Sanders 2010 Unrated

Building the Great Cathedrals: Gothic cathedrals are some of the most magnificent buildings on the planet, featuring stunning architecture and intricate artwork. They are easily some of the best achievements in human history.   This documentary hosted by Jay O. Sanders looks into how[...]

Antonio Gaudí

A unique look at the work of Antonio Gaudí through the eyes of new-wave Japanse documentary filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara.   Antonio Gaudí (1852 - 1926) was a Catalonian architect, ceramist, and sculptor known for creating a number of Romanesque Churches. This film looks a n[...]

Manakamana

SocietyArt Presenter Stephanie Spray 2013 Unrated

Manakamana, a 2013 experimental documentary directed by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez about pilgrims travelling on the Manakamana Cable Car between Cheres, Chitwan and the Manakamana Temple in Nepal.   Almost the entire documentary is shot from one static angle inside the cable car.

Dave Chappelle's Block Party

ArtMusic Presenter Dave Chappelle 2004 Unrated

Dave Chappelle's Block Party, a 2005 art and music documentary hosted by American comedian Dave Chappelle.   The plot of this documentary revolves around a massive block party that Chappelle organised in Brooklyn, New York in the summer of 2004 featuring a number of popular hip-hop an[...]

The Celluloid Closet

Art Presenter Lily Tomlin 1995
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The Celluloid Closet, a 1995 arts documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.   Some of the actors interviewed in "The Celluloid Closet": Tony Curtis Whoopi Gold[...]

Helvetica

ArtSociety Presenter Gary Hustwit 2007 Unrated

The Helvetica font is one of the most of the most widely used sans-serif typefaces ever, over the years everything from perfume bottles, to billboards to electronic devices have made use of it, even this website is using a variant of this typeface: "Helvetica Neue".   Helvetica[...]

Crumb

Crumb, a 1994 documentary about underground cartoonist Robert Crumb who is notable for creating famous works depicting American folk culture from the late 19th century into the early 20th century.   The film chronicles the life and career of Robert Crumb and highlights some of his most we[...]

Hamilton’s America

MusicArt Presenter Alex Horwitz 2016 Unrated

Hamilton’s America provides an in-depth look into the creation of the Hamilton musical, an American musical sung and rapped-through about the life of American founding Father Alexander Hamilton.   The film reveals how Lin-Manuel Miranda adapted Hamilton's epic story into gr[...]

Picasso's Last Stand

BiographyArt Presenter Paul Mcgann 2018 Unrated

Through close friends and family, the 2018 documentary "Picasso's Last Stand" reveals the last ten years of the great Spanish artist's life like never before.   The story revolves around Picasso in the 1960's, during which time his work and personal life faced harsh[...]

Van Gogh: Painted with Words

BiographyArt Presenter Alan Yentob 2010 Unrated

  Vincent Van Gogh is one of the worlds most famous artists to have ever lived. Unfortunately, he is not remembered by the public-at-large for his enigmatic artwork, rather as a mad-man who cut his ear off.   The 2010 "Van Gogh: Painted with Words" art documentary hosted[...]

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