Seeing, Searching, Being - 3 Films About William Segal By Ken Burns (K. Burns, 2010)-aNaRCHo
"Seeing, Searching, Being: William Segal is actually three films by Ken Burns about
influential artist William Segal. Segal (1904-2000), known not only for his painting
but also as a philosopher and writer, died at the age of 96. Ten years before he
died, he met Ken Burns, they became friends, and they collaborated. The result was
this trilogy of short films.
�€œPart One: William Segal,�€ filmed in the artist�€™s studio and garden,
features Segal painting and expounding on the nature of the relationship between
art and the artist. He explains the role of the painter and discusses creative
processes. Cinematography in the garden is painting-like. Beautiful long shots
show us the artist at work surrounded by trees and greenery. Many of Segal�€™s
still life works are showcased as Segal talks about such aspects of painting as
luminosity. We see the artist sketching scallions and lemons, but the artistry of
the filmmaker is as much on display.
�€œPart Two: Vézelay�€ details �€œsearch.�€ Burns and Segal visit the incredible
basilica at Vézelay, France. Segal is in search of self�€”who am I? What am I?
Where do I fit in? He discusses the holiness of churches and temples, even those
that may be considered �€œhumble.�€ Again, we see one breathtaking shot after
another of this splendid place. The basilica is huge and impressive. Segal talks
about change and the reality of �€œI.�€ His philosophical ideation reaches into
the sharing people do with each other, and the rituals we perform as part of
everyday life. A mass underscores his words. Ken Burns took full advantage of the soft
lighting in the basilica to produce unforgettable images.
�€œPart Three: In the Marketplace�€ is scenes of Segal�€™s daily life on the
streets of Paris. Segal explains that he lives in the moment and details the
practices he employs to achieve that ideal. In this episode, we see Segal again
working in his studio and preparing for both a book and gallery exhibition of his
lithographs. The vibrancy and vitality of Segal is inspiring.
In Seeing, Searching, Being: William Segal, the viewer meets a deeply spiritual man
who happens to be an artist. His thoughts are so outwardly directed, they touch our
own musings on the meaning of life, particularly our own. So many artists are
self-absorbed, wrapped up in themselves and the image they want to project. It is
refreshing to listen to Segal talk about ideas, social theories, and beliefs."
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Dec 22, 2010, 12:59:56
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