Documentaire pop, bien ficelé et énergique à l'image de cette période si belle des années 80 à New York et LA... Images d'archives très nombreuses et fructueuses, portrait réussi, ce documentaire est un chef-d'oeuvre du genre !
Cinématographiquement, ça n'est pas un documentaire très intéressant. Mais le personnage qu'est Basquiat mérite de l'attention. Les artistes qui ont brûlé leur vie par les deux bouts ont quelque chose de fascinant.
It's interesting and insightful at times, but it is little more than double-length "Behind the Music" account of the artist's brief career. As someone who's new to Basquiat's work, I didn't feel like I learned very much. Those with a good knowledge of his work and the scene he came from will value this even less, I think.
A thorough documentary on the rise and fall of Jean-Michel Basquiat, an intelligent enfant terrible of the fine art world who came from graffiti, the early 1980s New York scene and then post-mortem-revolutionised art as one of the major influences for a lot of people. Speaking of which, many people were interviewed for this, among them Fab 5 Freddy, Julian Schnabel and Basquiat's art dealer, friends and critics.
As a fan of Basquiat for a few years now, I can saw that this documentary has made me feel much closer with his works as well as with the man himself. When watching the biopic Basquiat directed by Julian Schnabel, I found that the savant like way Jean was portrayed was hard to identify with, whereas it was the use of actual interviews and footage in The Radiant Child that powerfully resonated with me.