5 films about christo and jeanne claude
5 Films About Christo and Jeanne-Claude - A Maysles Films Production by Albert MayslesDescription: Five Films About Christo and Jeanne-Claude chronicles a 30-year collaboration between the internationally renowned environmental artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and acclaimed documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles. The Maysles brothers, along with such frequent co-filmmakers as Charlotte Zwerin and Susan Froemke, have captured the artists enduring romantic and artistic relationship and the grandeur of their large-scale temporary public works. This series of award-winning films stands as a permanent document of the process, the political drama, the emotional investment, and the transforming effect the finished works have on all those who come into contact with them. Christo and Jeanne-Claudes artistic undertakings are legendary. Whether they were surrounding islands off the coast of Florida in bright pink fabric, erecting a 24-mile-long, 18-foot-high fence of white cloth across two Northern California counties, or wrapping the Pont Neuf in Paris, their monumental works become narratives of hope and triumph in the face of adversity. And the act of filming becomes a project in and of itself, with the filmmakers present every step of the way, from planning and permission, to execution and display of these temporary artworks.
This three-DVD set is the most complete motion picture collaboration ever released between filmmakers and artists. Five award-winning films are included: Christos Valley Curtain (1974), Running Fence (1978), Islands (1986), Christo in Paris (1990), and Umbrellas (1995). Each film has been digitally remastered with new transfers supervised by Albert Maysles, and the whole is presented along with new interviews and an 82-page, full-color booklet featuring stills, drawings, and essays.
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Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude are best known for their site-specific installations that wrap an architectural monument: wrapping the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris with a silky fabric. They can also re-define a landscape: a 24 mile "fence" of fabric across Marin and Sonoma county farmland or simultaneously open 3, enormous umbrellas across the landscape of Japan and California. Their projects have been enormous in terms of scale, cost and planning. Sometimes it can take years for the artists to obtain the required permits to carry out their plans. Their earlier projects were mired in controversy as they persevered through the permit process and media scrutiny.
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Christo's environmental-art projects often bear an inverse relationship to most artists' aims and techniques. While many work alone to create art for galleries and private collections, Christo's mammoth undertakings involve huge crews—for instance, the Surrounded Islands project, in which 6. Where many aspire to command millions for their art, Christo spends millions of dollars of his own money to make art with no commercial prospects. And, where many artists dream of their work being admired and preserved throughout the ages, his works derive much of their almost mystical power from their transience: Each has a finite shelf life, generally of only a few weeks. Then again, through their decades-long relationship with legendary documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles, Christo and his wife and collaborator Jeanne-Claude have found a way to keep their projects ephemeral while preserving them for posterity. Each film is rife with inherent drama, as Christo and Jeanne-Claude battle bureaucracy, weather, and countless other variables endemic in mounting projects of such size and scope. In Christo, the Maysles find a fascinating and dynamic protagonist, a mercurial, lanky, heavily accented, intermittently incomprehensible iconoclast whose Coke-bottle glasses, long black hair, and intense demeanor make him look like a cross between Kramer from Seinfeld and a deranged monk.