If anyone has ever spoken to me about documentaries they’ve probably had the (mis)fortune to hear me go on about The Barkley Marathons ad nauseam.
This documentary follows 40 runners on their journey to complete The Barkley, a race which just might be both the hardest, and most bizarre race in the world. Everything about this race seems like something out of a nonsensical fever dream, which, obviously, means that as soon as this film finished I wanted to run it. I mean, I would also obviously die (and therefore go down in Barkley history) if I ever attempted it, but nonetheless I would still love to run it. Continue reading
Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: the Tomi Ungerer story is a documentary about French illustrator and writer Jean-Thomas “Tomi” Ungerer. He emigrated from France to the United States in his twenties, and experienced the Golden age of advertising illustrations in NYC. He then stepped into children’s book industry, later flourished in creating political posters. It provides an overview of his creative career is visually and intellectually stimulating. Ungerer’s personal experience put the audience in perspective of his work. For instance, Ungere’s children’s books often have elements of fear, this is due to his childhood experience. This film is true to the artist’s creative process, which is influenced very much by what’s around him. It is amazing to see his journey pursuing what he is interested in, and at the same time, pushing the public’s boundary on the image of a children’s book author–Ungerer was in the middle of the controversy when he did erotic illustrations while famously known as a children’s book author, his books were banned from public libraries at one point.
Ungerer seems very spirited even in his old age, passionate about life and art. The documentary highlights his playful personality. He is an important figure in the world of art and he inspired many artists, including the creator of Where the Wild Things are.
Books by Tomi Ungerer:
The Three Robbers
Oto (in Hebrew)
Crictor (in Italian)
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Better than fiction: Defiant Requiem
Following the narratives of survivors, Defiant Requiem tells the unbelievable story of Rafael Schachter, a Czech conductor who sparks hope and spirit among his fellow prisoners, in the darkest time at the Terezin concentration camp. This documentary is nicely done: the mournful music really enhanced the survivor’s account of their history with the Holocaust and with their source of hope–Schachter. It was Schachter’s endless pursuit of music that made labor and torture more bearable; it was through music, that the prisons were able to express something they did not dare to say to the Nazis. It is a remarkable film to watch; it is painfully beautify.
Related: art produced during the holocaust
Terezín : voices from the Holocaust
My secret camera : life in the Lodz ghetto
Art from the ashes : a Holocaust anthology