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Peter Watkins brings an elliptical, post-Godardian narrative style to bear on the age-old problem of how to make a film biography dramatically viable without being intellectually superfluous. At a length of 167 minutes, this study of the tortured expressionist painter is obsessively detailed (and meticulously researched) but through Watkins's jittery, subjective montage, it retains a life and madness of its own. (Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, Saturday and Sunday, February 21 and 22, 7:00, 443-3737)

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