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Gauguin, The Full Story [DVD]


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  • Actors: Waldemar Januszczak
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: TVF International
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004K8XCQ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,213 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This two hour documentary, presented by Waldemar Januszczak, charts the life of the celebrated artist Paul Gauguin through countless twists and turns which take him from an idyllic childhood in Peru to an horrific death on the Marquesas Islands. The Gauguin who emerges from this story is not only an accomplished sculptor but a musician, print maker, journalist and ceramicist.

About the Actor

Is a British art critic, formerly of 'The Guardian' and now for 'The Sunday Times'. He has twice won the Critic of the Year award. Januszczak is also a film maker of television arts documentaries and the Director of ZCZ Films.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By THE BLUEMAHLER on 30 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
"Oh, I hate that man. He left his wife and children, was cruel to Van Gogh, and bedded down all those Tahitian girls. I just cannot look at his paintings." This is a simple-minded, uninformed, dull, and predictable comment that I have little patience or tolerance for. I have heard it countless times whenever I list Paul Gauguin among the painters I identify with aesthetically. Several films have been made about about Gauguin, yet none of them have caught his essence, at least until this documentary by Waldemar Januszczak. It is not a perfect film, but Gauguin is vividly present in it.

Donald Sutherland starred as Gauguin in the 1986 film Oviri, directed by Henning Carlson. In that film, the banker Gauguin and his wife, Matte, are on a Sunday horse and carriage ride with his co-workers and their wives. The financiers engage in shop talk while Gauguin broods. Finally, the frustrated painter taps the carriage driver on the shoulder and tells him to stop. Gauguin looks at his wife and peers and says, "You are my jailers." With that, he jumps out of the carriage and walks off to find his paradise. A nice story but one that is a total fiction, buying into the painter's mythology.

In actuality, Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), contrary to the repeated myths, was not a millionaire banker. He was a successful stock broker. He did not quit his job. The stock market crashed and he lost his job. Gauguin, who had been a "Sunday" painter for years, felt that this was reason enough to pursue painting full time, something he had been longing to do. It was with this that his wife left him. Gauguin did not desert his wife and five children. His wife rejected him after he lost his income as a stockbroker.

Art critic Waldemar Januszczak attempts to set the record straight.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elsa Gatt on 20 April 2013
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At last we get the truth behind all the stories about Gauguin ! Very well presented and the paintings are fantastic !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Al Paterson on 14 May 2013
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Had bought this as the recent Dark Ages series is currently unavailable, and found Waldemar Januszczak easier to watch here than his more accomplished work. Enjoyed this as much as a story as for the artwork, and as much for the personal insights as for the little bits of well researched detail that showed up some of the myths. Very satisfying to see someone who engaged with something they love and quite happy to make the show he wanted to see, rather than any self conscious need to promote art, or art on TV as an abstract.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tobykin on 18 Jan 2013
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Gauguin by Waldemar Januszcak.

Very well presented by Waldemar Januszcak. I watched it twice, and loved it. It is well researched and one can see that Waldemar knows what he is talking about.. I would recommend it to all art lovers. I discovered many new things about Gauguin, he was a real genius.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Sep 2011
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Waldemar Januszczak is a good art critic who has completed many interesting series on television. Although prone to be a little over-dramatic, he tells a good tale and uses film/television very creatively.

Most people think they know Gauguin, the impressionist painter of the South Seas whose argument with Vincent Van Gogh made him cut off part of his ear.

Watch this DVD to have this knowledge expanded by a fascinating critic and art historian.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 30 Jan 2014
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Sorts out fact from fiction, very well presented documentary that all Art students should view, it's a DVD that can be viewed many times.
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