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The Silence of Mark Rothko

Painter Mark Rothko is best known for imposing canvasses that eschew representation in favor of pure color and texture-using them to express fundamental human emotions. In THE SILENCE OF MARK ROTHKO, we visit Rothko's studio at 22 Bowery in New York, and go to Florence's Museo Di San Marco, where the monastic work of Renaissance painter Fra Angelico deeply influenced Rothko's mission to create environments and not just paintings. In The Hague, filmmaker Marjoleine Boonstra introduces us to curator Franz Kaiser of the Gemeentemuseum, as his team installs the works for the first major Rothko exhibit to be held in Holland in 40 years.THE SILENCE OF MARK ROTHKO lingers on paintings and locations - using architectural shots, interiors and streets capes, to link Rothko's paintings to the world he

Running Time
52 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Marjoleine Boonstra
Writer
Marjoleine Boonstra
Country
Netherlands
Year
2016
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «The Silence of Mark Rothko» (23)

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Donna Grant

This is a film about one of the greatest masters of painting, who did not survive the Great Depression, as he was suffering from depression, which has left him mentally and physically handicapped. In order to overcome his depression, the artist paints images from his paintings to communicate to people who are having problems. In his last painting, he decides to paint a human skull. In this case, he paints a human skull in the same way as the paintings of his great master, since Mark Rothko was mentally and physically handicapped. This film really has something for everyone. It's about the artist, his pain and suffering, and his paintings. It's a very well done documentary film. The interviews are very interesting. The cinematography is really impressive, and the photography is breathtaking. The film is really interesting. It's definitely worth watching.

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Louis Chavez

I would have given this film a higher rating but for the DVD which has the soundtrack of this film recorded on it. The film is incredibly moving. There is a lot of stuff that happens to the main characters that we as viewers can't fathom and the film does a good job of showing you the background. The only thing I would have changed is that in the first 15 minutes or so you see the painting but the painting never appears again. I wish there was a little more of that background story that we just don't know what the painting represents.

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Charles

The truth of the matter is, when you watch a movie, you have to suspend your disbelief. You can't assume everything. I don't know how to do this with a documentary. It was a little confusing at first, but it got easier with time. As you watch a movie, you want to feel for the people involved, but you don't want to judge them. You don't want to be involved. I did not like the conclusion, but it was just my opinion. The other viewer disagreed with my opinion and was right on the mark. The truth is, it is not perfect. The ending was a little too sad. However, the film is wonderful and informative.

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Emma Bates

I believe this to be the best presentation of Mark Rothko's work since his death. Not only does it focus on Rothko's paintings, but also on his relationship with the woman who painted his famous paintings. The film contains many excellent interviews with Rothko's friends and colleagues, as well as many fascinating archival footage. I'm not sure I'd even call this a documentary. The visuals are interesting, but it's all speculation, with no concrete evidence that Rothko ever claimed to have created the paintings. For me, this is still the best documentary about Rothko's paintings I've seen. The title is misleading, though, as the focus is more on the painting rather than Rothko's relationship with the woman who painted the paintings. It would be more appropriate to call this a study in the artist's work, rather than his relationship with the woman.

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Carol Munoz

One of the best films I have ever seen about the exhibition of the enigmatic and masterful artist Mark Rothko. While I don't believe Rothko was the first person to show what he saw, I do believe that he was the one who gave the world the most beautiful of art. The film shows the history of the show, showing the idea and process that went into the creation of the work. The discussion of Rothko's own opinions about the show, and the particular way he wanted to view the work is fascinating. In addition to that, we learn about the people who saw the show, as well as the history of Rothko himself. The interviewees are uniformly fascinating and each with their own story, or interpretations of the work. We learn a great deal about Rothko himself, but also about the individuals who were there who created the masterpiece. I think this film is a great overview of Rothko's exhibition.

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Katherine Stephens

The paintings on the wall of the art gallery in Eisenstadt, Berlin (currently, we see, just now, what the painting might have been like at a later time), and the pictures on the wall in my own house in Providence, Rhode Island, are also a representation of what might have been. At first I was really interested in this movie, as I had just seen the stunning documentary on the painting and the hotel. The fascinating thing about this movie is that it was shot on location in the art gallery in Eisenstadt. The film is almost entirely shot in the art gallery. Each room has a different photograph on the wall. It was fascinating to see the paintings, but also interesting to see what the place would have looked like, if it were still the same, what sort of art might be shown, what sort of art would be available. And the photography was of the art that was on display, which is beautiful. But the interesting thing was that when they were shown on the wall, they were still good quality photos, but they had been taken by hand, at the time, not by digital technology. So we see what would have been on display, but also what was on display was still in a bad state, just as it was before. This was an important feature of the film. As a result, there are several pictures that are still wonderful. But they are in a bad state. But these pictures are interesting. We learn about the paintings on the wall in Eisenstadt, which is now a museum, that was the work of Rothko. We also learn what he did in the studio. We learn that Rothko had a certain way of working, like he was not very experienced, and he often did sketches before he would do paintings. But then, when he did paint, he did it with a very precise technique. He would actually "transfer" the paint from his studio into his canvases. He was very adept at doing this. I would like to have seen a more of Rothko's paintings in a museum. But if he is not very well-known, it's hard to know where to start. In addition to this, we learn that the hotel in Eisenstadt had an annex, which was also a hotel, and that the annex had the same design of the hotel, but the hotel annex was more of a house, and more than a hotel. In addition to all this, we learn that there was a house, and that the hotel annex had more than a hotel. In fact, we learn that the annex house was also a hotel, which was actually a hotel. I guess you could say that the studio was also a hotel annex, but more than that. But at the end, there is a very funny bit where the film makers try to get Rothko to give a tour of the house, but he said he didn't want to do that. He said he didn't want to go to Eisenstadt. And they had to show him a painting of the hotel, and he said, "Well, I can't go to Eisenstadt." And it turns out that Eisenstadt was a small town in the northern part of the state of Rhode Island. That is a very nice place. The movie is very interesting. It is nice to see the pictures that Rothko painted, and the studio that he worked in, as well as the art in the hotel annex, and the house in Eisenstadt,

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Tiffany Davis

The critics who have expressed the least interest in this documentary are clearly not bothered by the subject matter. I think the reasons are clear: they don't have to deal with art. It is art, after all, that makes their job a bit more difficult, or, as an example, they get tired of the petty grip that the mainstream media exerts over their industry. So the camera is set in a prime location, and the subjects are placed in front of it, or in the background. They seem to be aware of the camera, which is a must, because it is not a very well-made one. But they don't mind this, because it is art, not business. I am not a critic of art, but I consider myself very strongly in favor of it. In any case, art is a good thing. In my opinion, this documentary is excellent and I suggest everyone to see it. It is a story about art. I have a feeling that it will become a story that everyone who is interested in art will be able to follow.

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Roy Garcia

Greetings again from the darkness. This documentary is interesting, insightful, and powerful. It also teaches us that there are two distinct ways of looking at art: a subjective one and a subjective one with the objective eye. It teaches us to think objectively, to be objective about art and art history. But I would say that the subjects in this documentary are rather skewed. We get a very limited and biased view of some very powerful and iconic artists. It is only a tiny minority of the very powerful art. To me, this documentary is an outstanding attempt to keep the art world from getting distorted and simplifying art history and the history of art.

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Cheryl Boyd

Robert Wilson (Ivan Orkin) is a German film maker. I must say that the documentary is extremely well-made. The story is of interest mainly for the film-maker and the other guests and especially for the camera-wielders. The interview with Professor Ernst de St. Aubyn, Werner von Hippel, Adolf Rudolf and Heinrich Ziereis (who worked with Werner and is a very important architect of the Nazis) are excellent. The background of the "Rothschild Family" is very interesting. I'm always curious to see the fates of such "rags to riches" movies as "Das weiße Band" (1939) and "Le passe d'ailleurs".

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Howard Walker

As an admirer of Mark Rothko's work I have been curious to see the video archive footage of his exhibition at the Miami Art Museum. I am also a film student. The film does a superb job at following the story of Mark's career as an artist and the changes in his artistic and personal life. The film's emphasis on retrospective images of the artist's work helps the viewer understand the artist's artistic work. The documentary is centered on Mark's childhood, where he was unable to write or paint and his interaction with his mother. As he grew older he and his mother became less of an organic entity and his feelings of isolation increased. The film focuses on the artist's earliest paintings and sculptures. Mark was at a critical moment in his life when he realized his ability to create was not adequate to satisfy the needs of his mother and the outside world. The film demonstrates the artist's transformation and personal growth as his artistic work and public persona evolved. The film also illustrates the dedication of the artist to the perfection of his art. The film does a fantastic job in capturing the artist's distinct style. The film also captures Mark's obsession with color and the use of shadows and light. The use of music to create a mood in the film also helps to portray the artist's moods. The documentary also explores the artist's relationship with his wife, which was filled with sadness and bitterness. The film also explores the relationship between the artist and his mother. In the end the film is a testament to the artist's work and the nature of art.

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Megan M.

I liked this movie, especially the surreal scenes. The way the scene transitions and the music added a nice element. The music is an important element for this movie. I really love the songs they chose. They helped to make the movie quite unique. I think the movie should have been longer. In my opinion it should have been at least two hours long. I was still a bit disappointed at the end. I think it should have ended with Mark Rothko coming back to the Mona Lisa and the people surrounding him talking about the artist. This way it would have been more memorable. Still, it was a very good movie, and I hope I get the chance to see it again. It was very interesting to see how his paintings were developed.

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Robert

A documentary about the Mark Rothko work "Autumn." The viewer is taken through the museum and shows the work, in a rather nostalgic fashion. I liked the way the museum and the process of the work were shown. You feel that it's not a documentary. It's an art piece that has been done, which makes it seem like a true reflection of Mark Rothko's life and works. The documentary did a good job of explaining the historical background of the piece, but didn't really go into the technical aspects of the piece. The documentary does a good job of explaining the use of color, and how the colors of the painting have been used in the film. It was a good documentary that is worth watching, if you like the work of Mark Rothko.

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Rebecca S.

The recent interest in the artworks of Mark Rothko, while understandable, is a bit excessive. For the most part, there is a good amount of information, interviews and discussion about the work. The work is presented in a very warm, compassionate and artistic way. For those who are interested in Rothko, this film is a must see.

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Lawrence

I think the title is perfect for this documentary, and you get to see the two artists at work, with some shots of Rothko's most famous work. Although I don't think Rothko's work is in the same category as what we see in the documentary, there is still a great deal of respect between the two men, and as a result I found this a very entertaining and informative piece of work.

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Melissa Payne

This was a wonderful documentary about the life and work of David Turek. David had a tremendous influence on the film industry in the 1970's and is recognized as one of the most prolific and accomplished photographers of the 20th century. He's had a large impact on art photography and is considered to be one of the greatest modern artists. His images, of the simple, natural, intimate, and powerful, were often the subject of great speculation. The documentary also touches on David's work for other organizations such as LIFE Magazine. The personal anecdotes from his childhood and the result of his life's work were remarkable. I thoroughly enjoyed the use of the Beatles' music in the film. The documentary itself is a masterpiece of the history of art photography, and I recommend it to anyone interested in art photography. Definitely one of the best documentaries I've seen. 9/10

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Mark

I've seen Mark Rothko's Silent as well as his other works. The fact that he has suffered the most torment is because he is not a major painter but a "relatively modest" one, and because of the negativity that the art world is currently facing. This documentary was fascinating, a combination of history, interviews, and stunning photographs. In my opinion, this is the best documentary I have ever seen about a subject that has yet to receive enough attention.

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Jason R.

A film that is very rarely done. It is wonderful to see the photographer talk about how he created his images, showing us his process. One can only imagine what the hell Mark Rothko must have been going through in his last years. One has to respect him for what he did and also for his pain and loneliness.

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Sean R.

I'm a big fan of Rothko, but I never thought he was the most talented artist. However, in this documentary I learned that he is one of the best. He had a way of writing his paintings that was very unique and different. I was amazed to see how he created his paintings and how he painted the last one, the Woman in the Sculpture. I was amazed to see how he was able to create such emotion in his paintings, especially the paintings of a painting of a woman who is laughing. He was very artistic and was able to capture the mood of a painting. This documentary was very good because it was not just about him, but it was also about his students, who had studied with him. In addition, it was very interesting to hear about the history of his work. It was interesting to see his assistants and his student. It was interesting to hear about his inspiration, because I think his inspiration was always there. I would definitely recommend this documentary to anyone who wants to learn more about his work.

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Joseph Murray

A fascinating look at one of the most significant artists in the twentieth century. A look at his life and work, plus the men who painted his works. It's well worth your time, and I've been looking for a nice documentary to watch for awhile. This film is that!

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Jordan Henry

When I first heard that a new documentary was being made on Rothko's early work I was hesitant about the project, as I felt that it would be a very superficial look at his work. However, I had just gotten the opportunity to see the film for the first time and I was very impressed. After viewing it, I can now say that I feel the same way. The film is a wealth of fascinating information about Rothko's work, including many behind-the-scenes clips and interviews. It tells the story of his early career, including his birth, life as a painter, early struggles with epilepsy and his early death. It also covers his friendship with some of the most famous artists of their time, including his friend Vincent Van Gogh, and the artist he admired most, Caravaggio. Along the way, the film also focuses on his personal relationships, including his wife Charlotte Gainsbourg and the artists he befriended. In my opinion, this is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen, and definitely the best documentary I have ever seen about the man who was his hero.

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Kimberly Cunningham

I really liked this documentary, especially for its insights into the work of Rothko. We see how his early painting experiments failed and how his art later became great. We learn how he acquired a reputation as a gifted painter. But it's also fascinating to see how he dealt with being a slave and how he dealt with being the black man in his family. It also shows how his paintings have become larger than life. This is a documentary that will be essential to anyone interested in Rothko's work. I was very impressed by the way Rothko is described and what he has accomplished. I felt a lot of tension as we watched him work. I liked the way the camera showed what he saw, but I think he also had a lot of inner peace. He said that what he saw was so intense, he could hardly breathe. I think he was very aware of the tension between art and life. We also see how he got his money. This was a fascinating documentary.

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Lori

Eleanor's painted murals are some of the best pieces of art in the world. So it was a bit of a surprise when one of her paintings was stolen. This film tells the story of the theft of the paintings and how it led to a riot that sent some of the world's greatest artists to jail for years. Eleanor explains the backstory of the paintings and how they came to be stolen. This is a must see documentary. Eleanor also has a unique voice that tells the story of her paintings. Her paintings are the most talked about art in the world. I recommend this film to anyone. I am now a fan of Eleanor. I will never forget how she painted my favorite painting.

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Martha Larson

In this movie, I was very much enjoying the film. I have watched it so many times and I find it amazing that it didn't ruin my day, it made me forget about other things. It has a lot of new images that were hard to comprehend. It is very realistic and that's what I love about this film. It has a very original story, and that's what makes it so incredible.