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Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil

2015, Pieter van Huystee, Netherlands, 86 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Dec 2nd 2:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 2nd 6:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 3rd 3:00pm
  • Sun, Dec 4th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Dec 5th 8:15pm
  • Tue, Dec 6th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Dec 7th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 7th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Dec 8th 8:15pm
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“Takes you up close to an artist whose grand and disturbing visions were centuries ahead of their time…a true immersion in his artistry.” — Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“It’s a measure of Bosch’s imaginative genius that the imagery in works like 'The Garden of Earthly Delights' outstrips in boldness many of the extreme digital fantasies in Hollywood horror films.” — Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Surreal before there was a word for it, devilishly carnal and alarmingly hellish, the mind-blowing paintings of Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch inspire controversy, defy interpretation, and foment an institutional tug-of-war in this documentary set on the eve of the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death. Dutch experts set out to organize a commemorative retrospective in the artist’s hometown, but come up against the fact that the bulk of the work is held by foreign museums. Jealousy, territorialism, curatorial intrigues, and tricky art world maneuvers all play a part as expert faces off against expert, and shocking new revelations come to light when the fragile masterpieces undergo minute examination utilizing techniques including X-ray, infrared photography, and multispectrum analysis. In Dutch, English, Spanish, and Italian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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