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Golub: Late Works Are the Catastrophes

Chicago-based Kartemquin Films has added a 25-minute update and a subtitle to its documentary masterpiece (1988) about the Chicago-born leftist painter Leon Golub. I'm grateful for the new material, which documents the “fatalistic” yet playful later phase in Golub's work up to his death in 2004 and fills another gap by better conveying the paintings of his wife, Nancy Spero. But I'm somewhat dismayed by the way the overall emphasis of the original has shifted away from the social reception of Golub's political paintings toward a more conventional biographical approach. Tom Sivak's music throughout remains striking and original. 80 min.

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