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The Last Art Film

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  • Actors: Jim Broadbent, Ian Holm, Lizzy McInnerny, Tim McInnerny, Michael Landy
  • Directors: Jake Auerbach
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Demand Media
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2018
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00A0N5DPY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,679 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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This is a film about art; not the history of art or the academic study of art or the fluctuations in the art market or the latest exhibition but it is about what starts artists off and what keeps them going.

It s about instinct, temperaments and practicalities, about perseverance. About how work occurs and how, from working life to working life, art is passed on.


Although the starving artist in the garret is no longer the favourite public stereotype, painters and sculptors remain something of a mystery even to those who spend time looking at their work. So a film that helps to explain their assorted motivations can only be a good thing, and one as lucid and entertaining as Jake Auerbach s latest offering, The Last Art Film (available on DVD at £16.99), should be welcomed with open hearts and minds.

Jake Auerbach is a distinguished film-maker with a string of successful artist documentaries behind him (his subjects have included Sickert, Freud, his father Frank and Allen Jones), and he has distilled all his experience of the strange ways of artists into this 94-minute film. It is thematically arranged, exploring the practicalities of art training and studio practice, juxtaposing interviews with various living artists (Tom Phillips, Michael Craig-Martin, Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Joe Tilson and his son Jake, Gary Hume, Celia Paul) with quotes from the dead great (Delacroix, Degas, Matisse, Titian, Gauguin).

The film fruitfully explores how different artists are from other people and what it is they actually do, without arriving at any restrictive conclusions. Networks of friendship and influence emerge: Frank Auerbach taught Tom Phillips, Craig-Martin taught Hume. Paula Rego recalls getting bad advice from Victor Pasmore and encouragement from Lowry; her own advice is just keep at it don t give up . But in the end, the mystery remains. As Picasso said: Painting makes me do what it wants.

--The Spectator

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