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By Sidney Lumet

The master director holds court, discussing his life in films.

Dancer

Ukrainian-born Sergei Polunin, the current bad boy of ballet, is the subject of this documentary profile.

Hieronymus Bosch: Touch by the Devil

With unequaled access to the artist’s work, this terminally tasteful and conflict-averse film vividly showcases the hellfire horrors of the art through powerful lenses that magnify every brushstroke.

Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny

The little cool filmmaker who could.

Francofonia

One man’s meditation on art, history, culture, and oppression, Francofonia manages to be grandiose and confining at once. It feels vital because one of the story lines the film pursues—and there are many—is the fate of the Louvre Museum’s art collection under the Nazis.

Eva Hesse

An introduction to the life and work of a groundbreaking artist and the 1960s art scene.

Troublemakers

In the late 1960s, a handful of artists garnered attention for using land as both subject and material. Installation pieces featuring rocks and dirt started cropping up in galleries, and much larger works were created in remote areas of the American Southwest. Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art casts light on this moment in art […]

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

Her father died on the Titanic. She bought art directly from Picasso, Giacometti, Brancusi, and de Kooning, and drank with them, too. Her failed sexual encounter with Jackson Pollock ended when he “threw his drawers out the window.” And she lived out her last years in a magnificent palazzo in Venice, leaving behind a socko […]

Sembene!

Described as “the father of African cinema,” Ousmane Sembène receives a mostly conventional biodocumentary in Sembene!, but it is enlivened by biographer Samba Gadjigo’s personal perspectives and an impressive array of contextual footage, personal photographs, rare archival footage, interviews with intimates, and clips of Sembène’s films that are only now being preserved. Sembène had much […]