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Cool School: How L.A. Learned to Love Modern Art

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This documentary explores the embryonic L.A. art scene in the 1950s and '60s. It focuses on the Ferus Gallery, which helped bring together a group of visionary artists who were soon catapulted into national stars. Interviews and vintage footage fill out this story of competitive artists--such as Ed Kienholz, Wallace Berman, and Ed Moses--and the influence of money and fame. Chiming in to share their thoughts on the period are Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper, Frank Gehry, and many others.
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  • Critic Reviews
    "[A] breezy, lively documentary....An often fascinating, visually charming and intelligently edited mix of found footage, home movies, still images and contemporary interviews..."
    New York Times

    "The rare footage of '50s and '60s L.A. alone is a treasure; the City of Angels has rarely looked so hip." -- Grade: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "THE COOL SCHOOL is a vital and essential look at the way scenes are born....The film is thrilling and inspiring, a jazzy mix of recent interviews and archival footage."
    Los Angeles Times

    "An engaging, briskly edited whistlestop tour of the mid-century Los Angeles modern-art scene, from virtual non-existence in the early 1950s to New York's cultural rival a decade later.
    Sight and Sound

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