Christian Boltanksi b. 1944
Christian Boltanski (documentary, 1994)
French artist Christian Boltanski's personal history has long been one of the most curious enigmas in the art world, given his strong and consistent predilection for images and relics dealing with death. In this penetrating documentary, an extended interview with Boltanski reveals the family tragedies -- such as his father being forced to hide out during the German occupation of Paris -- and the personal experiences that shaped his talent and his vision. Featuring the music of Stefan Girardet, this unique biography also follows Boltanski into his studio, his classroom at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, and the flea markets and rummage sales where he gathers materials for his artistic exploration of human residue -- that which is unwittingly left behind to serve as a silent witness to our lives. A rare treat for art lovers.