Breaking the Frame

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  • Summary: MontrĂ©al filmmaker Marielle Nitoslawska looks at trailblazing American artist Carolee Schneemann by interweaving Schneemann's films and documentation with poetic mediations concerning art-making, feminism, gender, sexuality, and identity.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jan 30, 2014
    70
    However off-putting this fragmentary approach might be for those who'd prefer a clean chronology of important works and their assimilation into academic histories of art, it's clear by the end that the aesthetic fits the subject like a glove.
  2. Reviewed by: R. C. Baker
    Jan 28, 2014
    70
    Director Marielle Nitoslawska's faith in the power of imagery over pedantic exposition rewards the audience with a heady catalogue of Schneemann's luscious paintings, expressionistic collages, hand-illustrated journals, visceral photographs, and excerpts from her corporeal films.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Jan 27, 2014
    63
    Director Marielle Nitoslawaska's experimental approach sometimes wanders down uncontextualized paths and obfuscates the subject with filmic affectations.
  4. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jan 30, 2014
    60
    Breaking the Frame is a tantalizing teaser for a story that still needs to be told.

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