"Balthus: Through the Looking
Directed by Damian Pettigrew
Damian Pettigrew (Fellini: I'm a Born Liar) offers this definitive
portrait of Balthus, a modern artist whose work was nonetheless out of
step with most modern movements. His huge canvases with their thickly
applied paint feature dreamy adolescent girls in enigmatic poses,
resulting in an erotically charged and oddly disorienting style.
Pettigrew's documentary highlights the painter's complex creative process
as he films the artist at work in his studio in the Swiss mountains.
Famous friends and family members bare witness to the great artist's life
in exclusive interviews, accompanied by photos by such luminaries as Henri
Cartier-Bresson and Irving Penn. French with optional English subtitles.