Lucian Freud - Portraits (DVD)
The late Lucian Freud was always at pains to preserve his privacy. In his latter years, as his fame has increased and his legend as a painter has matured into pre-eminence, the artist became the object of endless and generally inaccurate press interest. 'Lucian Freud: Portraits' is an analysis of the artist as seen through the eyes of those who were best placed to study him; his sitters.
Over a period of two years film-maker Jake Auerbach and Freud's biographer, William Feaver filmed many of Freud's subjects, ranging from the late Duke of Devonshire and the now Dowager Duchess of Devonshire to fellow painters David Hockney and Celia Paul; from former friends such as Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles to ex-lovers, daughters and grand-daughters. Unprecedented, intimate and revealing, the film weaves these interviews with a large selection of work by one of the great artists of our century.
"A beautiful and telling film but disturbing too" - Guardian
"Mesmerising" - Times
"A striking study of the ruthlessness of talent" - Independent
"Intimate...and somewhat chilling" - Telegraph