5 Must-See Movies Dedicated to Various Forms of Art and Design ⇒ From fashion to industrial design as well as urban design and street art, the following documentaries developed by some of the industry’s leading names are certainly a must-watch if you haven’t already.
Cutie and the Boxer
The 2013 documentary directed by Zachary Heinzerling recounts the story of an artistic married couple, Ushio Shinohara, a neo-Dada artist who paints by punching his pigments, and his wife Noriko, who created Cutie, a comic-book character, featuring original artwork by the couple. Described as one of the most distinctive must-see movies of the last decade, Cutie and the Boxer focuses on the quirks and sacrifices the artists make during their marriages and careers.
Design Is One: The Vignellis
Released in 2012, the Design Is One documentary explores the life and work of The Vignellis. Massimo and Lella were known for their iconic motto, “If you can’t find it, design it” and they were regarded as two of the most influential designers in the world. From graphics to interiors to products and corporate identities, the movie brings us into the work and everyday moments of the Vignellis’ world, capturing their intelligence and creativity, as well as their humanity, warmth, and humor.
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The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts
Dive into this Italian high-fashion brand by following Gucci’s ex-creative director, Frida Giannini, for an 18-month period, and get to know everything about the inside world of luxury fashion through this must-see movie presented by James Franco and directed by Christina Voros.
Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film
Directed by the infamous street artist Banksy and narrated by Rhys Ifans, this British must-see movie tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant living in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art.
Gary Hustwit created this highly interesting movie that delves into the world of industrial design and engineering. Throughout the film, one can take a look at the creative concept that goes behind every everyday object. If you have already seen this documentary, you must also check Hustwit’s other documentaries: Helvetica that is centered around typography, graphic design, and global visual culture; and Urbanized, a documentary that looks into issues and strategies behind urban design.
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