Fifth about The Seventh

Tintoretto. A Rebel in Venice (Tintoretto – Un Ribelle a Venezia)

Tintoretto. A Rebel in Venice: being described as an innovator and rebel artist, Tintoretto deserved a more daring documentary than this one, directed by Giuseppe Domingo Romano. The doc is effective: it tells the story of the man, presents some thesis (he was an innovator and very cinematic in his work), and goes on to defend them. But it’s also very traditional in its structure: we get an assortment of specialists talking about him, all stitched together by the silky narration of Helena Bonham Carter. The talking heads are intercut with shots of Tintoretto’s work and of the relevant locales in Venice. The whole turns out to be a good but unexciting lecture. In any case, both his work and Venice are beautiful, so it’s always good to spend some time looking at them.

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