Bonita L. Davis | 09/18/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A flying cow, an artist with seven fingers, two lovers engaged in an intimate kiss but one of them has an elongated neck that resembles a snake and then we see the face of a fiddler, a green face. What in the world are these images doing on a canvas? Is the artist insane or just playing with our minds? If you have come across those images, welcome to the world of Marc Chagall who captivated art lovers for over half a century. Who is this man? We are given a guided tour of his works and life by an artist who is trying to figure out the same question. He does this by taking us to the places where Chagall worked, introduces us to Chagall's techniques as a painter and explores the impact of his personal life on his art. Born in a Jewish Ghetto in Russia and later moving to Paris, Chagall rose to become the greatest artist of his time. Many of his critics and even our narrator had problems with his style, his use of light and his lack of explaining what he was seeking to convey in his pictures. Since Chagall feels no need to explain, he is called a Mystic, in a negative since. Mystics of course have their heads in the air and have no idea of what they are doing. Of all the major flaws of this video I would say the incessant need to explain and analyze Chagall takes away from the viewer the ability to make up their own minds. Chagall speaks for himself in his paintings infused with thems from Russia, the Bible and his own sense of whom he is. Of special note was Chagall's work in stained glass a medium which one wouldn't think such a person could be effective since his medium is the pallete and canvas. Overall this is a good video in introducing you to the artistic works of the artist as well as his life. Oh, as a "Mystic" artist Chagall does an outstanding job in touching your spirit through his works that few artists can achieve."