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Alice Neel Documentary
Alice Neel Documentary
Actors: Alice Neel, Hartley Neel, Richard Neel, Chuck Close, Philip Bonosky
Director: Andrew Neel
Genres: Documentary
NR     2008     1hr 22min

Alice Neel (1900-1984), one of the great portrait painters of the 20th century, reinvented the genre by expressing the inner landscape of her subjects, who included luminaries such as Andy Warhol, Bella Abzug, and Allen Gi...  more »


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Actors: Alice Neel, Hartley Neel, Richard Neel, Chuck Close, Philip Bonosky
Director: Andrew Neel
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Biography
Studio: Arts Alliance America
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 10/07/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 22min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A Must See
Beverly M. Carl | Santa Fe,New Mexico,US | 07/07/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I caught this at an early screening by the film department at the College of Santa Fe. Neel had a unique ability to capture the essence of a person. Unfortunately, she fell beneathe the radar of public notice in recent years. The film drags a bit, but is a "must see" for anyone who cares about art and the true (not just representational) portrait of another human being."
A Great Artist - A Wonderful Documentary
Verygoods | Greenlawn, New York United States | 06/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film is an insightful mix of personal accounts from those who knew Alice Neel, images of her work, and footage of the artist herself. I've seen countless documentaries on many artists - and this ranks among the best. Made by Neel's grandson, some older footage had to have been taken by his father, Neel's son - at the heart of this work is a desire to tell the honest, real account of Alice Neel's life. I especially liked how the well filmed interviews seemed to mirror those sessions Neel had when she painted her subjects. At times, hand held camera work and lighting from spotlights perhaps similar to those she would use helped increase a sense of connection with the interviewed sitter. New images of her paintings, often revealingly somewhat close-up, were very well filmed and integrated perfectly into the older historic footage to help point how her artworks are with us now in the present - always ever relevant. She was a wonderful artist and humanitarian."
Neel history
N. Andre | 10/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this documentary at a friend's house, and plan to buy it as soon as it is available again. My mother was the subject of two portraits by Neel--she was Hartley's visiting nurse in 1941--and neither portrait was acknowledged publicly for decades; the first, "Woman in Blue Hat", was ascribed to the wrong year and my mother was not identified by the gallery; the other, still unnamed, has been in our family's possession since it was done, and only recently (less than 20 years ago) did it come to the attention of the gallery then handling her work.
I realize this isn't much of a review, but I was thrilled to see the documentary and I believe my mother's portrait shows up hanging on the wall of Hartley's home during an interview recorded in the documentary. So, yes, the documentary meant very much to me. Neel may be history to many, but she is still living to me--and let my mother exist in history as well!"
You'll find out what happened to Isabella?
sdw | New Hampshire, USA | 06/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I looked up Alice Neel for a homework assignment for a painting class, and found her absolutely fascinating, her life story, and her paintings. The movie is great because it is made by her sons and grandson. It's quirky, but so is she. The great part is you find out what ever happened to Isabella, her daughter, who was taken to Cuba by her x-husband as a baby. I will let you find out for yourself. A great American Artist story. She is my new favorite."