Andy Goldsworthy: Rivers and Tides - Working With Time

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Overview

Documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer shows us Andy Goldsworthy as he creates art in natural settings using natural materials such as driftwood, ice, mud, leaves, and stones. Goldsworthy comments on his "earthworks" and occasionally responds to offscreen questions from Riedelsheimer while he painstakingly builds his outdoors sculptures. With some exceptions, such as a winding stone wall that he built in Mountainville, NY, Goldsworthy's creations are intentionally mutable works. We see how several of them fall apart,...
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Overview

Documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer shows us Andy Goldsworthy as he creates art in natural settings using natural materials such as driftwood, ice, mud, leaves, and stones. Goldsworthy comments on his "earthworks" and occasionally responds to offscreen questions from Riedelsheimer while he painstakingly builds his outdoors sculptures. With some exceptions, such as a winding stone wall that he built in Mountainville, NY, Goldsworthy's creations are intentionally mutable works. We see how several of them fall apart, melt, or drift away due to exposure to the elements; we also see, for example, a complex structure of interconnected sticks collapse while Goldsworthy is still working on it. Riedelsheimer takes us to Goldsworthy's home in Penport, Scotland, and to a French museum, but the emphasis of the film is on observing Goldsworthy at work.
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Special Features

7 never before seen short films; Photo gallery; Andy Goldsworthy biography; Filmmaker biography; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Watching this slow-paced but fascinating film is like talking to an artist for a couple of hours while he's busy working on a project. Normally, this would be rather boring even if you appreciate his work. So, since someone bothered to make this type of film about Andy Goldsworthy, you might figure he's a lively, charismatic figure with a commanding speaking voice and endless supply of clever remarks. Well, he's not that kind of person at all -- he's soft-spoken and unpretentious, not effusive and larger than life -- yet the movie is interesting anyway if you're in a reflective mood. This is largely because of the nature of Goldsworthy's art, which is as much about the process of creation and destruction as the final product itself. Goldsworthy makes a living from still photographs of his pieces, but motion pictures are better suited to reproducing his work because they convey the element of time. His pieces are often meant to be ephemeral, so it's fitting to see how he builds them from nature and how nature eventually absorbs them back (in condensed time, of course). Viewers may find themselves sharing his elation or disappointment when he successfully finishes an ice sculpture or watches one of his precarious constructions fall apart before he manages to complete it. Also, writer/director/cinematographer/editor Thomas Riedelsheimer provides some incredibly beautiful images of Goldsworthy's creations, and Fred Frith's score effectively complements them. This isn't the kind of documentary to watch if you want a fast tempo and a lot of hard facts, and it doesn't answer the philosophical questions it raises about the nature of art, but it's mesmerizing to watch if you're feeling patient.
New York Times - Stephen Holden
As the film's images accumulate, the movie becomes a sustained and ultimately refreshing meditation on surrender to the idea of temporality.
Washington Post - Desson Howe
Watch this film. You may never look at nature indifferently again.
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan
Intoxicating and meditative by turns, helped by Fred Frith's minimalist score, this film opens a portal into a singular creative mind.
Baltimore Sun - Michael Sragow
In its own quiet, voluptuous way, Rivers and Tides, an unpretentiously brilliant documentary, uses the work of Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy to open up the hidden drama of the natural universe.

Watch this film. You may never look at nature indifferently again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • UPC: 767685964330
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,261

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andy Goldsworthy Participant
Technical Credits
Thomas Riedelsheimer Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Trevor Davies Co-producer
Annedore V. Donop Producer
Fred Frith Score Composer
Leslie Hills Co-producer
Colin Hood Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Howell Sound/Sound Designer
Pepe Kristl Sound/Sound Designer
Janet Porter Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Schwarz Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Nourishment [8:36]
2. Labor of Love [6:07]
3. Artful Movement [5:01]
4. Feelings of Uncertainty [8:07]
5. Taking Shape [8:13]
6. Reflections [5:43]
7. Borrowed Time [6:00]
8. Flow of Nature [6:59]
9. Out of Necessity [11:02]
10. Coming Together [10:43]
11. Still Life [:00]
12. Credits [11:58]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Extras
      Short Films
         Play All
         Storm King Wall
         Autumn Works
         Garlic Leaves
         Ice Arch
         Black Stone
         Leaf Works
         The Old Studio
      Photo Gallery
      About the Filmmaker
      About Andy Goldsworthy
      About Docurama
      Catalog/Trailers
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love Andy Goldsworthy

    I am studying Andy Goldsworthy in my design class at Oswego and I think he is amazing. This movie shows a lot of the work he has done and I think my favorite is the wall. My wife and I are going to see it this summer. I made her sit through all of these videos too and she even said she loved them. These are really informative about his designs and creations and you can really watch his process as he walks you through his ideas and how he does his work. There are also some mind blowing creations that you can see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing!

    it was amazing to see the art that can be made with the earth and the changes that take place overtime that are traumatic yet beautiful at the same time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breathtaking

    I found this when I wasn't looking. Like so many of the great things in life. It kept me wide eyed and peaceful throughout the entire production. It was one of those pieces of work that your soul is forever changed because of allowing yourself to share in it. Do yourself a favor and turn off the violence, death, sex and offensive humor and cuddle up with this wonderful film. From the music, to the words and especially the vision of each artist involved with making this masterpiece it's a joy to behold. Bravo. (I'm actually online right now buying my own copy. It something I'll watch over and over when those moments of life get you down. This will pick us right back up and remind us that our personal vision of the world is needed and wonderful. As long as it's respectful of all life around us.)

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