With Gilbert & George

Internationally known Blighty-based art duo Gilbert & George get a thorough once-over in "With Gilbert & George."

With:
With: Gilbert Prousch, George Passmore.

Internationally known Blighty-based art duo Gilbert & George get a thorough once-over in “With Gilbert & George,” a lively, comprehensive, somewhat low-budget docu by TV producer-helmer Julian Cole. Eighteen years in the making, pic includes abundant original interviews as well as numerous archive clips from films made by and about G&G. After debuting at this year’s Berlinale, docu has been programmed by several gay-themed fests and shown at London’s Tate Modern gallery. Last reps pic’s most natural habitat, although it would also be at home on upmarket cablers.

Long established as a single art-making unit, Italian-born Gilbert Prousch and Brit George Passmore explain how they met at St. Martin’s College in the ’60s and soon established a rep via quirky performance-art pieces, films and sculpture. Sometime in the ’80s, they found their metier with large-scale, brightly colored 2-D works featuring comely young men, bodily fluids and excrement, the multicultural world around them and, above all, themselves. Range of effects trickery (split-screen, superimpositions) jazzes the film up, although lensing looked subpar at projection caught.

With Gilbert & George

U.K.

Production: A Whole Picture Prods. production. (International sales: MK2, Paris.) Produced by Julian Cole. Directed, written by Julian Cole.

Crew: Camera (color, DigiBeta), Cole, David Lagan, Raymond O'Daley; editors, Ben Hole, David Mingay; music, Neil Kaczor. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama), Feb. 10, 2008. (In Turin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.) Running time: 102 MIN.

With: With: Gilbert Prousch, George Passmore.

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