Rivers and Tides

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Released 2003

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Director:
Thomas Riedelsheimer
Released:
2003
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Rivers and Tides features the work of artist and sculptor Andy Goldsworthy who specializes in ephemeral sculptures made from elements of nature. This 2001 Scottish-German documentary follows Goldsworthy as he pursues his favorite medium: water. The artist sculpts ice from trees and loose rock in forests and on shorelines. The sculptures become overgrown with plants or disappear with the day's tide, yet maintain their spiritual character as they become nature once again. Filmmaker Thomas Reidelsheimer captures Goldsworthy's work in stunning cinematography, bringing to the surface the artist's concepts of the relationships between light, color, movement, balance and fluidity in the natural world. The film features some of Goldworthy's most notable creations including stone walls that weave through hundreds of feet of forests and streams, sculptures made entirely of icicles and other masterpieces. Through his use of natural materials and intricate sculptures, Goldsworthy showcases the fragile relationship between man, art and nature.

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  • 90

    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.

  • 80

    The 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.

  • 70

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Takes a beautifully lensed look at the work of Scottish "landscape sculptor" Andy Goldsworthy, whose unique creations -- composed of icicles, leaves, sticks, rocks, etc. -- are oft...

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    Arts, Documentary, Drama

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    Historical, Independent, Sculpture