Every Picture Tells A Story

Every Picture Tells A Story

DVD - 2009
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U.K. art critic Waldemar Januszczak hosts a fascinating series that answers some of the most enduring questions in art history. Includes eight great paintings, such as Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson. Features a guide for group discussion, avenues for further learning, stories behind the story, featured artwork, artist bios, and much more.
Publisher: [United States] : Athena ; Silver Spring, MD : Distributed by Acorn Media U.S., 2009
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9781598282221
Branch Call Number: DVD 759 EVE
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 187 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in. +,viewer's guide (20 p.)

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EvanSchoenfeld
Feb 03, 2018

I admit that Waldemar was a bit loud and irreverent, but I thought mildly amusing with some pretty good insights. Didn’t agree with them all myself. On the other hand, he tended to prefix ideas ‘I think. . .’ where others present flawed views with complete certainty. I particularly liked the ironic segment about the Mona Lisa: He runs the painting and Leonardo down the whole episode but at the last moment acknowledges he’s in awe. I think there could be something in this for people who want to learn more about painting, or find documentaries about art entertaining.

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Derringer
Oct 25, 2016

Unfortunately, this "art-history" documentary was presented by one of the most irritating and equally unpleasant hosts/narrators who I can ever recall being thrust into my face in a production of this sort in a long time..... Put plain and simple - Host/Art Critic, Waldemar Januszczak was an insufferable bore right from the word "Go!".

Had this babbling bozo stayed behind the camera - Then, yes, I might have actually gotten some worthwhile art-education out of this presentation. But, as it stood - Every time that Waldemar appeared on screen (which was far too often) - His presence and his pompous narration made me cringe, big-time.

And, the thing that really bothered me the most about Waldemar was that he didn't seem to have any respect for the artists whose work he was discussing in this documentary. I found that his disdain for the likes of Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Picasso (to name but few) was very apparent right from the start.

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Bang_On
Oct 15, 2016

If you ask me - It was this documentary's totally crass, self-loving host/narrator, Waldemar Januszczak (that's "Waldo", for short) who, literally, ruined this guided "art-history" tour for me, big-time.

Believe me - "Waldo" was such a babbling, pompous wind-bag that having this gabby louse in my face for a good part of this presentation's 3-hour running time was almost enough to make me gag & retch, non-stop.

I mean - Was "Waldo" (in all of his cynical arrogance) really sneering at artists like Da Vinci, Carravaggio, and Rembrandt, and, at the same time, trying to persuade me (the viewer) to despise these masters of art and dismiss their paintings as he seemed to be doing? 'Cause that's the sort of srewed-up message that this vain and vulgar peasant, "Waldo", was sending to me.

Anyway - Every Picture Tells A Story was, without question, the very worst "art tour" that I've ever been taken on in my entire life. I ain't kidding.

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