Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Beautiful pictures; soporific narration
Patricia Tryon | Longmont, CO United States | 12/31/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I love Matisse and have spent many happy hours gazing at a single painting, drawing, collage, sculpture -- even at a photograph of the artist, himself. This DVD is something I enjoy because of its chronological presentation of many important paintings. I enjoy it when I remember, from the beginning, to TURN THE SOUND OFF.
The narrator's monotone and the stultifying script put me to sleep every single time. What a pity! Here are some of the most exciting works of recent centuries, works that have provoked controversy and opened frontiers, and the soundtrack makes me, a would-be Matisse groupie, cry with the boredom of it all. There is one humorous moment when the narrator reads what should probably be the word "congenial" as "congenital" instead, and one can admire the narrator's pronunciation of French, to the extent that French titles are used (and they should be used more, I think, in this).
For a DVD to be watched with sound off and remote close at hand so that one may linger over what appeals on a given day and race past some of the oddly chosen close-ups, two stars is a generous rating. But any visual presentation of Matisse's work is always worth a look. Let's just hope for a better DVD on the magnificent Matisse."
Jeffery Mingo | Homewood, IL USA | 07/23/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is just an art appreciation lecture on disc. I guess art lovers without access to museums or art historians' work would need something like this. However, live art lectures have a question-and-answer format that makes them interactive and fun. This work was just dull. The disc does a good job in mentioning that Matisse worked in several styles. Still, it's just one piece after another. Nothing moves on the entire disc, making everything feel so static and overly two-dimensional. This disc leaves many questions to be answered. For example, they show a painting of Madame Matisse and never once mentioned when the Matisses got married. They mention a series of dancing female nudes and then a picture of male musicians. They never say anything about the men being airbrushed or the obvious Japonisme influence on the piece. Though an average-length documentary, it feels like an eternity due to the dullness of the work. Blah! and yawn!"
One Hour of Matisse's Paintings
David A. Plouffe | West Covina, CA USA | 02/27/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"That's what this DVD comes down to, 56 minutes of watching Matisse's paintings click by in chronological order. If you are a fan of Matisse, buy it. If you aren't, netflix it. This DVD is simply a slide show with narration. The narration leaves much to be desired, as it is very monotone. The biggest drawback is that you don't know which of the paintings are going to be talked about in detail or just have their titles given. If you are looking for a deep study or understanding of Matisse's oeuvre, you should keep looking. This DVD is more along the lines of an undergrad paper."