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Known for her powerful images from the Great Depression, including the haunting "Migrant Mother," Dorothea Lange bore witness as young America matured into a world power. For more than five decades of the 20th century, her lens brought subjects alive, transmitting raw emotions and capturing the human condition. This film is made by Dyanna Taylor, Lange's granddaughter, who began her artistic vision, literally, at Lange's feet.
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5.0

Art for Life's Sake

By Brad

from Cambridge, MA

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Comments about PBS American Masters: Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning DVD:

That's the text of a placard hanging in Lange's studio at one time. This film premiered 49 years after Lange's death in 1965, made by her granddaughter Dyanna Taylor, winner of five Emmys, and her talent shows. Comprehensive and especially rich in family history context, presenting what Lange actually thought as she was working; enthralling. One example: she looked out the window of her SF studio one day in the 20's and saw the labor unrest, decided this was where life was happening rather than in the isolated tech activity of her darkrooms, out she went. Her major retrospective at MOMA opened 3.5 months after she had died, somehow the processes involved in selecting and arranging her material had all been filmed, private interviews and 1964 work sessions with a MOMA curator/arranger --- we get her opinions even as she was dying. Insight: there were SEVEN images of her most famous pic, "Migrant Mother", PBS gives us most or all of them, shots of the whole destitute family. Insight: an attack of polio at age seven left her with a lifetime limp due to misshapen leg and foot, post-polio syndrome returned at the end of her life, but this did not slow her down one bit during her work. The MOMA exhibit was concerned with reflecting "which photographs should talk to each other," over a lifetime of thousands of images from which to select. She had said "art is an act of total attention", and in the film, one commentator said that she was "always interested in capturing a sense of timelessness." Well, PBS has done this in spades, the production is timeless and admirable, superbly scripted. Film itself is that "hunk of lightning."

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS

By Mindfulness is everything

from Southern Oregon

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Comments about PBS American Masters: Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning DVD:

Watching this video on a PBS special, was a fantastic experience. I learned more about the era when Dorothea Lange was grabbing her hunk of lightning and what insight and impact the photos she made while doing so had for the rest of us.
I loved it so much I got a copy for my daughter and her husband and son and will give to them as one of their gifts for the holidays. I'm still considering getting the book for me or as a companion gift for my family.
THANKS PBS.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing dvd

By vrcat

from saidiecat@gmail.com

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I learned so much about US history that they never teach us in school - fascinating!

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
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AMAZING MARVELOUS INCREDIBLE PROVOCATIVE

By A kindred spirit

from Ashland, OR

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Comments about PBS American Masters: Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning DVD:

I saw this documentary art piece on the PBS show "American Masters" a few days ago and was mesmerized from start to finish. A snapshot of part of history that sometimes goes shamefully unnoticed, and a chronicle of an artist's life that brings that chapter, and so much more in American History and experience into clear and sensitive focus. THANK YOU PBS.

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