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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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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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
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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joeguy
Oct 20, 2015

Has its moments of insight...but a couple things REALLY bother me. For instance, when he discusses Rembrandt's 'The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp', he never mentions that the guy on the far left was painted in, years later, possibly by another artist. The other thing that comes to mind (and there are more than just two things that are annoying) is he out and says that to bring up Carravaggio's homosexuality is 'opening up a wasp's nest' so he refuses to bring that up as having any bearing on 'Boy Being Bitten By Lizard'. Well, both of these issues are relevant. I think my art history teachers taught me a LOT more. Sister Wendy, the nun, is better equipped, methinks, to inform art lovers. Plus this guy's accent is a caricature of itself and gets on my nerves.

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