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|5 Films About Christo and Jeanne-Claude - A Maysles Films Production|
Actors: Jacques Chirac, Christo, Jeanne-Claude, Willy Brandt, Michel Debré
Directors: Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin, David Maysles, Deborah Dickson, Ellen Giffard
Genres: Indie & Art House, Kids & Family, Documentary
Five Films about Christo and Jeanne-Claude chronicles a 30-year collaboration between acclaimed documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Salesman, Grey Gardens), and the internationally renowned envi... more »
Great material with recent commentary
Kendall H. Gelner | Denver, CO | 06/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was at the Gates in New York, and based on that great experience I viewed a few of these DVD's as rentals.
I have only seen the Valley Curtain and Running Fence films, but based on that I am ordering the set to keep. The films themselves of course are a little dated and not perfect transfers by any means, as they are older films made with older equipment and not a lot of effort was made to improve the video quality over the original material. But the original film work itself is very well done (even in sometime very challenging conditions) and the director did a great job capturing the essence of what it is to put up these projects that operate on such a large scale. The Running Fence one was especially good in this regard as it covered a number of public hearings and talks with the ranchers involved well before any construction showing people arguing against the projects.
However that is not the best part of these films. The best part is the commentary tracks which seem to have all been done in 2004 (sometime just before the Gates opened), and include Jeanne-Claude, Christo, and the film maker himself. All of them are very interesting and have a lot to say throughout the film, including a lot of information you'll not get from the films alone. As these were all pretty recent commentaries it also allows for much more interesting perspective in commentary as they can compare some aspects of these older works to more recent ones.
For anyone interested in the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, this is a must-watch set of films and will give you great insights into their thought process."
Bill S | Toronto, Ontario Canada | 07/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"loved the series .... loads of information and very well presented. Not the greatest cinematography but the subject matter overcomes the sometimes poor quality of transfer."
Listen to the commentary.
Sarah Cameron | Inverness, CA | 05/24/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are fans of Christo and the late Jeanne Claude you will love these films. But as interesting as the films are on their own, they truly come to life when you listen to these great, great artists on the commentary tracks.
The commentary tracks are a perfect companion to the ephemeral, massive, wonderful works themselves."