Women are everywhere subsumed into the story of the artist. Kurt’s wife Ellie is a fashion student but apart from the time she makes a suit for Kurt there is almost no on-screen development of her passion. In a film with a run-time of three hours and nine minutes there is little excuse for such omissions.
So what's worse than having a Nazi as a father-in-law? Having a cockblocker Nazi as a father-in-law. What's worse than having a cockblocker Nazi as a father-in-law? Having a cockblocker Nazi as a father-in-law who pretends to be an art critic. By the way, the three minute tour of the Art Institute in Dusseldorf is more hysterical than the entirety of Art School Confidential.
The inspiration for this film is obviously Gerhardt Richter even if the names are changed. The 3hr epic running time does help humanize the difficult subject by showing an in-depth "portrait of the POLITICAL artist as a young man." A rewarding film for those who can tolerate the sometimes plodding novelistic approach.
Everything in its right place. I happen to be reading Knausgaard's epic section on art, Hitler and the individual in The End atm, so yeah this seemed pretty naff. There is no suffering without purpose, nothing in history which cannot serve our individual growth. Bathed in heavenly light, self-satisfied and driven only by the urge to create, pain is your great asset!
Florian (of The Lives of Other’s), reviews the life of the incredible artist Gerhard Richter, widely considered the greatest painter alive. The film opens in Dresden in 1937 with the Nazis condemning abstract art. Kurt Barnett aka Gerhard aged six, suffers so many family losses and the pain of his mother being raped by the Russians. Yet he harnesses the healing power of art and turns trauma into positive energy.