Diego Rivera: I Paint What I See

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Directed by Mary Lance; Produced by Mary Lance & Eric Breitbart
Documentary: 58 minutes    Released: I989
DVD: ISBN: 1-878917-11-0
Prices: Home Video: $29.95; Classroom/Institution: $99.00

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The first biographical film on the famed Mexican artist, "DIEGO RIVERA: I PAINT WHAT I SEE" traces his life from childhood through his Cubist period, his leading role in the Mexican mural renaissance, his fame as a muralist in the USA, and his later years. The film explores Rivera's life and work, including his stormy relationship with Frida Kahlo and the destruction of his famous mural at Rockefeller Center.

Shot on location in Mexico and the United States, the film includes a remarkable collection of archival film and photographs, much of which has not been seen before. The text is drawn from the writings of Rivera and Kahlo and from other historical texts. Using Rivera's own words, this richly detailed film brings to life the difficulty he faced in his transition from studio artist to public and political artist, and the conflicts that arose from that point onward. 

DVD: The DVD version includes the following special features:

Additional 19-minute segment of archival footage of Rivera painting murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts 1932-33
Scene Selection

Also available in 16mm film. Please contact us for rental and purchase information.

Major funding: National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Council for the Humanities, Paul Robeson Fund for Film & Video.

Awards: Gold Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival, 1990; CINE Golden Eagle, 1990;
Jury Prize, 2nd International Biennial of Films on Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris;
Jury Prize, UNESCO Festival of Films on Art, Paris, 1991; Bronze Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival; Certificate of Merit, Cork Film Festival, Ireland, 1991.

Selected Screenings: Public Television broadcast; York Theater, San Francisco; Documentary Festival of NY, Public Theater, NY; Anthology Film Archives; Festival dei Popoli, Firenze; NuArt Theater, LA; Upstate Films; U.C. Theatre, Berkeley; National Gallery of Art; International Festival of Films on Art, Montreal; Ken Theater, San Diego; Neptune Theater, Seattle; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Uptown Theatre, Minneapolis; Los Angeles Women in Film Festival; Leipzig Film Festival; Whitney Museum of American Art; George Eastman House; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe; Cinefestival, San Antonio; Biograph Theater, Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival; Cornell Cinema, Ithaca; Taos Art Association; Cinema 21, Portland; Cleveland Cinematheque; Roxie Cinema, San Francisco; Lobrero Theater, Santa Barbara; Chicago Latino Film Fetival; Odeon Theater, Lansing, MI; Los Angeles County Museum; Art Institute of Chicago; Towne Theater, San Jose; Pleasant Street Theater, Northampton, MA; Brooklyn Arts Council Festival (BACA); American Film and Video Festival; Cultural Institute of Mexico, Washington, DC.

 

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    Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Courtesy San Francisco Examiner

    Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Courtesy San Francisco Examiner

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    Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts, Courtesy National Archives

    Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts, Courtesy National Archives

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    Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts, Courtesy National Archives

    Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts, Courtesy National Archives

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    Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts, Courtesy National Archives

    Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts, Courtesy National Archives