This past year has seen some incredible documentaries, each looking at vital moments in the Art world. Last summer I had the pleasure of watching the life of the modern day Arachne in "Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine" whose most famous spider sculptures, Maman, can be seen in international cities such as the Tate in London and the Tuileries in Paris. In the early spring I was fortunate to get a seat at a private showing of "The Rape of Europa", which gave proof of how Nazi Germany stole thousands of old masters from various private collectors and museums in Europe. Today some of the works are still missing, maybe never to be found. The one I was most eager to see showed the talent and grand personality of the great fashion master in "Valentino The Last Emperor". The film itself was a vivid masterpiece, displaying the elaborate crafted dresses and designs of the Couture house. Thinking my year of fabulous art films was through, a final documentary snuck up on me. This one stood out from the others. While it may have lacked the raw emotions of "Bourgeois", the mystery of "Europa", and the flowery extravagance of "Valentino", it held a different connection with the audience. It was like watching your old Jewish New York grandparents, who instead of "kvetching" and playing bingo they have a hobby of collecting unusual masterpieces.
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