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Tracking down an old art documentary

manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?!Registered User regular
edited May 2019 in Help / Advice Forum
I have no idea how old the actual documentary was, but I was trying to remember it since it was pretty good.

The guy was British I believe, I saw it in a class about either... literature or art. I can't recall. I think he self described himself as a socialist critic? But a good chunk of it was the experience of viewing art is very different than "watching" art on TV. He used an example of a famous picture of Jesus being crucified and pointed out how your feelings about the painting can be easily manipulated with video editing and music. He ran through the shots three different times, each with different music, pans and cuts. It then cuts to him just standing in a museum with no effects on an ordinary day, just watching the painting.

He also talked about the difference between view the "real" painting Mona Lisa, and how that differs from viewing it on a stamp, or computer picture, or copy. Subtle things, but ones that you miss if you aren't actually looking at the real thing.

In general I thought it was one of the better documentaries I watched in school, and I just can't recall who it was, or how to find it.

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  • BlindZenDriverBlindZenDriver Registered User regular
    I was about to word "Challenge accepted!", but then I read you description an extra time and this might be to hard :-)
    Not much in the way of details, but it sounds like it was more a documentary on how music and video editing can guide/manipulate the viewer rather than on on art.
    Any extra details might help, like anything on the Jesus portrait, what year you watched the video, how long it was...

    Bones heal, glory is forever.
  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    After doing some more specific searching, quote bracket searches on YT and Google. I did track it down, but thanks for the effort. I know that wasn't much detail to go off of!



    I guess the biggest hint was that it was school material and thus "older", but at least I got the British part right.

    XaquinElvenshae
  • BlindZenDriverBlindZenDriver Registered User regular
    After doing some more specific searching, quote bracket searches on YT and Google. I did track it down, but thanks for the effort. I know that wasn't much detail to go off of!



    I guess the biggest hint was that it was school material and thus "older", but at least I got the British part right.

    Cool you were able to find it. I do sort of get a kick out of searching and finding stuff on the web, it is a sort of a treasure hunt.

    Looks like I was never near finding the actual video, but during searching I found something else which you may or may not find interesting:
    https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/why-beauty-matters/

    Bones heal, glory is forever.
  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    That's actually a pretty interesting documentary

  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    I enjoyed his way of presenting his point that new ways of experiencing information/pictures, isn't a good or bad thing... IF you're aware of it. Plus, you can just have joy looking at a picture without a bunch of eggheads telling you why X picture is good. You can just, you know, enjoy it.

    And I think in the digital age its especially important to be aware how you can take something as simple as a picture, and put your own "spin" on it.

    Xaquin
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