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Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait (2017)



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JULIAN SCHNABEL: A PRIVATE PORTRAIT is a vivid chronicle of the colorful personal life and public career of the celebrated painter and filmmaker. The film details the Brooklyn-born Schnabel's formative years in Texas, the beginning of his professional career in New York City in the late '70s, his rise to superstar status in the '80s Manhattan art scene, and his move into filmmaking with 1995's Basquiat followed by Before Night Falls and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. With a kaleidoscopic blend of material from Schnabel's personal archives, newly shot footage of the artist at work and play, and commentary from friends, family and artists, including Al Pacino, Mary Boone, Jeff Koons, and Laurie Anderson-not to mention Schnabel himself-Italian filmmaker Pappi Corsicato creates a fascinating portrait of one of the modern art world's true mavericks.

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Critic Reviews for Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait

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A work of pure hype that feels like watching an overeager puppy lick the face of its owner.

April 7, 2020 | Full Review…

A well-rounded look at the man in full.

May 6, 2017 | Full Review…

A rich and enjoyable look at an easily caricatured artist.

May 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Even if you know of his work only passingly (guilty), you'll come away inspired by Schnabel, and most likely reaching for a paintbrush, or camera, or keyboard yourself.

May 5, 2017 | Full Review…

The movie is never uninteresting but is often surprisingly low-energy and, even more surprisingly, visually drab.

May 5, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This documentary serves as a feature-length advertisement for the artist, and is about as daring as a billboard for skim milk.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

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