Varda's documentaries inject a keen and exciting level of personal devotion and commitment to her subjects, and this is no exception. A playful ramble through a vivid and colourful LA with an equally vibrant and diverse collection of denizens. The whole things is a remarkable, visually striking collage. The amount of time it must have taken proves the extent to which Varda's immersion into the process must have been.
An illuminating documentary that shows how art needn't be isolated to museums and galleries, and at its best, it exists among us and forms part of our landscape. The murals featured in this film are fantastic, and they show the diversity that was present in 80s LA. The film also made me think how art is a timeless, living and breathing thing, with the power to unite and overcome the differences in our society.
3.8 stars. Varda is such a good egg. This film positively shines with human feelings. It makes even the ugliest of the murals seem beautiful. It's an appropriately free-wheelin' travelogue, anchored only by esoteric patterns of signifiers and the flow of poetry. It feels breezy without ever feeling frivolous. Generally it made humanity seem worth it. Also it helped me understand both Zappa and Love & Rockets better.
A documentary on the murals of Los Angeles that talks to many of the artists and highlights the creativity while also showing how many of those creators of such wonderful art are making a point about how they see their world around them, whether that is obvious in the mural or not.
A nice documentary about the murals by the Mexican settlers of LA. Some of them have taken years to paint, while the life around the city and locality has changed. And a few are breathtaking in their scope and sheer size. It is amazing to know at one time -- 1980s -- these murals could have made the city the world's largest open art gallery. An update of the status of these murals today ~ 2020 is in order.
Although working a familiar trope - the outsider looking in on seemingly mundane aspects of the USA - Varda draws insight beyond the pictorial with calm clarity and ruminative good grace. The pitfalls of worthy social metaphor are avoided with a subtle and kind eye. A good candidate to demonstrate films as evolving forms, which unlike the proverbial stone do gather extra meaning and textured tang with time.
Los Angeles is a place that possesses fairly romantic connotations for me despite the fact that on many levels it is a sleazy, woebegone hellhole. Mur Murs speaks to what appeals to me about Los Angeles, and does so w/ a committed attitude of engagement, wonder, and curiosity. The murals, as well as those who make them and those who live amidst them, suggest a place of colliding elsewheres. This is interculture.
Coolest movie I've seen about art! "'I wanted to show how a city can express itself. It's really telling a lot about politics, the situation, the segregation. Obviously there are no murals in Bel-Air.' [On film being] a product of time and place ... Varda reflect[ed]: 'Then it becomes, maybe nothing, maybe a witness.'" - Varda quoted by Maria Lopez, KCET at the 2013 restored print premiere, Santa Monica.