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Lucian Freud - Portraits [DVD]

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  • 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: Jake Auerbach Films Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000803PI6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,409 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Lucian Freud, now in his 80’s, has always been at pains to preserve his privacy. In recent years, as his fame has increased and his eminence as a painter has matured into pre-eminence, the artist has become the object of endless and generally inaccurate press interest.

Lucian Freud: Portraits is an analysis of the artist as seen through the eyes of those who have been best placed to study him; his sitters.

Over a period of two years film-maker Jake Auerbach and Freud’s biographer, William Feaver filmed many of Freud’s subjects, ranging from the late Duke of Devonshire and the now Dowager Duchess of Devonshire to fellow painters David Hockney and Celia Paul; from friends such as Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles to ex-lovers, daughters and grand-daughters.

Unprecedented, intimate and revealing, the film weaves these interviews with a large selection of work by one of the great artists of our century.


"A beautiful and telling film but disturbing too" -- The Guardian

"Mesmerising" -- The Times

A striking study of the ruthlessness of talent -- The Independent

Intimate...and somewhat chilling -- Daily telegraph

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucian Freud - Models 18 Jun 2010
This is an interesting portrait of Lucien Freud, seen through interviews of his models. Don't buy this if you think you are going to see him painting, it's not a "how he does it", more an in-depth view of the man himself through the experience of his models. But, a compelling view, you won't be disappointed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lucian Freud portraits 25 Mar 2012
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If the subject of your film has perception so acute as to render them otherworldly, then you'd kinda hope your documentary will play magic before the eyes, stripping away more layers than an onion could offer.

No chance of that here. The first half hour or so is posh people talking about Freud - some of them are so old-school aristocrat that you can't actually understand what they're saying (not the vocabulary: the mangled vowels and blunted consonants).

In among the aristo-chunter, we have (two or three of) Freud's daughters. Could have been fascinating interviewees, but they're asked to speak here as if this was for a ten-minute Newsnight clip. These sections enact the opposite of what a Freud portrait does - it's all anecdotes.

Also a lot of the film looks like it was shot on video, and the sound recording in places is bordering on naive.

All in all - not recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucian Freud - A different angle 23 Dec 2011
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This dvd looks at Lucians work through the eye's of his varied sitters covering many decades. The experience of the sitter is a unique angle, that works well as Freud was a little publicity shy during his lifetime. With Freud it was all about the art. The process of creating and time running out, are themes that run through this doc. A great buy if you have time to sit down and really watch. It's quite a slow moving documentary, but a rewarding one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully made dvd 4 Sep 2005
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This is a fascinating insight into the world of artists and their sitters. Freud is present all the way through the film, although only appears physically at the end. Rivetting .... highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD 5 Sep 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucian Freud. DVD 1 Nov 2011
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This was really a wonderful and insightful DVD produced by Jake Auerbach. After admiring Freud's work over many years, mainly through book illustrations, it was most instructive too see how the great man approaches his paintings and to hear interviews with some of his many models.
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