51 minutes
November 2007
R0 (PAL)

Rene Magritte

“What is Surrealism?  It is a cuckoo’s egg placed in a nest with René Magritte’s knowledge.” André Breton

You had better look twice! In the works of René Magritte, an absurd assembly of everyday objects appear on the canvas. The leading figure of the Belgian surrealists has a brilliant way of showing the viewer the phenomena of art, reality, perception and language. The artist’s subversive humour is thereby omnipresent, as in the silent movies that he produced with his friends.

The filmmaker Adrian Maben penetrates Magritte’s fantastic picture-puzzle world.  He does this by merging pictures, childhood memories, objects from Magritte’s apartment in Brussels, old film clips and interviews to create a portrait of a unique artist and human being.

Extras include an information booklet, picture gallery and trailers.
Available in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian languages.

Art Lives, from Arthaus, is a powerful and arresting series of documentaries on artists and art movements released for the first time on DVD in the English language.


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