World of Gilbert & George, The | Milestone Films
World of Gilbert & George, The

World of Gilbert & George, The

"We are unhealthy, middle-aged, dirty-minded, depressed, cynical, empty, tired-brained, seedy, rotten, dreaming, badly behaved, ill-mannered, arrogant, intellectual, self-pitying, honest, successful, hard-working, thoughtful, artistic, religious, fascistic, blood-thirsty, teasing, destructive, ambitious, colorful, damned, stubborn, perverted and good. We are artists.” — Gilbert & George, 1981

Gilbert and George, two artists originally known best for their deadpan gallery performances, wanted to make a work of art on film. The result is an encyclopedic catalogue of their artistic imagery, including hothouse flowers, English hymnals, and a rare look at the artists in their carefully staged home setting. The startling and daunting contrasts between propriety and impropriety — the key attributes of these artists who are always well attired in identical suits — feature an England of decay with graffiti-covered walls, aimless young boys, and drunken men slouched on a street corner. Juxtaposed with this view are symbols and songs of the England revered by the artists, like the British flag rippling in the wind, a heroic statue, or a sprig of spring buds hanging from a branch. But the stars of the film are Gilbert and George themselves. Their stiff demeanor sharply contrasts with their outrageous behavior. Their black comedy and the powerful scenes and images make the film a truly memorable experience.

 

Also available in 16mm prints for theatrical and nontheatrical screenings. Contact Milestone for price and availability!

This DVD is also available for Institutional Purchase, which includes public performance rights and a 3-year streaming license. Please click on the “Format” button and select “DVD Institutional Rate.”


Type: DVD

Vendor: Milestone Films


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