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David Hockney: The Colors of Music Image

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  • Summary: This documentary shows a rare and intimate portrait of Hockney's private passion –- designing for the opera stage.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
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  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    Hockney designed 11 operas, so buffs will be in seventh heaven here; but docu's potential audience extends to anyone interested in the creative process and life's ironies -- music lover Hockney has gone deaf from a genetic condition that surfaces in middle age.
  2. 80
    This delightfully sensual documentary gets inside the artist's creative process while also treating viewers to glorious music by the likes of Wagner and Satie.
  3. Looking at the art and listening to the music is wonderful just on its own, but hanging out with Hockney is also a treat. He's a delightful companion.
  4. Over all, this deferential film salutes Mr. Hockney's artistry as an elixir for creaky texts, a hallucinogen for orthodox opera fans, and an antidote to his own senescence. As much as he lets the filmmaker be present, he successfully avoids real intimacy, keeping his personal life comfortably backstage.
  5. An elongated, rather aimless portrait that doesn't fully convey the essence of its titular subject.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The film's rather shallow treatment of his art only reinforces the long-held opinion that Hockney is more a brilliant visual stylist than an artist of any great depth.
  7. 50
    A pleasant but fairly dull documentary that's long on affability and taste, but short on human drama and compelling conflict.
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