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Film Festival 09 - Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine

Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine

USA 2008, 99m
Directors: Marion Cajori, Amei Wallach

Artist Louise Bourgeois, born Christmas Day 1911 and still going strong, is best known for her 'Cells' installed in many of the world's great galleries, her giant public spiders and a prodigious body of potently mythic sculpture. For six decades she has been at the forefront of successive new developments, but always on her own inventive and disquieting terms. This highly stimulating portrait is built around a series of interviews conducted between 1993 and 2007. - BG. "This atmospheric portrait of Bourgeois bypasses the dryness of most art documentaries& fueled by the uncanny sight of an artist revisiting her ideas from over forty years ago with vivid clarity. The film's three sections are titled after Bourgeois's sculptural installation I Do, I Undo, I Redo, 1999-2000, and explore several of her major themes, including memory, trauma, and identity& The most scintillating bons mots are offered by the doyenne herself, and there are enough here to fill up a pocket-size inspirational book." - Lauren O'Neill-Butler, Artforum