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The Impassioned Eye – A Film About Henri Cartier-Bresson

(Arthouse Films)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Documentary: B



You may not have heard of Henri Cartier-Bresson, but you have likely seen his remarkable work.  He has been and remains one of the premiere black and white still photographers in the world, renowned and celebrated endlessly.  In an era when film is being treated like secondary to digital when film still is vastly superior in many ways, watching Heinz Butler’s The Impassioned Eye – A Film About Henri Cartier-Bresson, you see why bad opinions did not change the greatness of black and white any more than they will film.


This shot 72 minutes is loaded with interviews by many of his admirers including Arthur Miller and the great French actress Isabelle Huppert, who went from the mixed debut of Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate (1980) to being one of the hottest and most prominent in world cinema today.  Best of all is Cartier-Bresson himself, who pulls no punches and is as candid about himself as his pictures are deep about life and what they see.  This is a must-see for those serious about art, film and history.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is not bad and on video throughout, with some good moments, but offering limit details that sometimes is frustrating.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is solid, but has few surrounds to offer, though you get voiceover translations of Cartier-Bresson.  The only extras are previews for three other Palm releases, which is sad considering the importance of his work, but you can read more about the other great titles in this series at the following links:



William Eggleston In The Real World



Who Gets To Call It Art? – A Film About Henry Geldzahler




-   Nicholas Sheffo


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