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Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat is a movie starring Alexis Adler, Fab 5 Freddy, and Patricia Field. Exploring the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York...

Other Titles
バスキア、10代最後のとき, Basquiat - Un adolescent à New York, Boom for Real: A Adolescência Tardia de Jean-Michel Basquiat, Boom for Real
Running Time
1 hours 18 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Sara Driver
Actors
Alexis Adler, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Fab 5 Freddy, Patricia Field
Country
USA
Year
2017
Audio Languages
日本語, اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
Japanese, اللغة_العربية, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Exploring the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and its tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and '80s shaped his vision.

Comments about documentary «Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat» (20)

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Madison O.

A very interesting and insightful film. Although I would say this is the best Basquiat documentary ever made, the fact that this is the best Basquiat documentary to date makes it stand out. The music, the styles, the scenes, the conversations. All of them are simply excellent. Every second of this film is worth seeing.

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Sharon M.

Although the film takes us on a personal journey of all kinds (with the exception of the technical aspects of photography, sound and music), it does so in a way that it makes us see the artist, not just the commercialized image of his art. There is a lot of insight to the work and for me, Jean-Michel Basquiat was my favorite artist. After seeing the documentary, I came to understand why he was one of the most important artists of the last century. The documentary provides a fascinating look at the process of creating a work, the inspirations, the trials and tribulations of an artist, and his health and his relationship with his muse, Sylvia. Also the documentary is well-directed. It uses very short segments in a smart way to get to the main story. I particularly liked the use of single interviews and the use of blank frames to show the artist's working process and what is going on in his head while he is working. Basquiat himself gives a very interesting interview and it is worth watching. The documentary also shows us how his work was made, how he met Sylvia, and his relationship with his parents. It is a very interesting look at how one man changed the world. The documentary also has many interviews with artists, artists' friends, and family members of the artist. If you have an interest in Basquiat, you should definitely watch this documentary. There are many ways in which it is an interesting look at the artist.

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Gloria C.

This documentary is a compilation of Jean-Michel Basquiat's final years in New York City, from the late 1960s to his death in 2002. It covers his early years, his life in Paris, his move to New York and his subsequent transition into a drug addict. It also covers his love of food, his early interest in the art of photography and his relationship with his mother. As the documentary comes to a close, we learn that his early death was an accident, and that he was just starting to enjoy his later years. The film is a tribute to Jean-Michel Basquiat, a man who, for the most part, enjoyed his celebrity and wealth. The documentary will also make you question your own definition of fame and fortune. I have always been a fan of Basquiat, and, though I saw him in many different times, I always considered him to be a homeless artist, who had no idea of the fame that he would be accumulating as a performer, and a big star in New York. His fame seems to have come by accident, but the movie is also an attempt to find out why. "Boom for Real" succeeds in doing that, and, in my opinion, makes a pretty decent and interesting film. As a portrait of a man who has lived a lot of different lives, and who, for the most part, had a pretty good and interesting life, the movie is pretty interesting and, at times, quite moving. However, it's more of a portrait of a man's life and work than of a portrait of his fame. All of his life, he never really seemed to have a lot of "career." However, when we get to the last few years, we see him have a pretty good life, while simultaneously having an incredible amount of success. I think that he was as "well off" as a musician or artist can be. He never seemed to have a lot of money. However, when you see the success that he enjoyed in the 60s and 70s, and then see him squander it in the 80s and 90s, you see the kind of fame that could never really be sustained. In other words, "Boom for Real" is a tribute to an artist who enjoyed a great deal of success, but, for whatever reason, never really seemed to sustain it. My rating: 9 out of 10.

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Jean

The documentary is fascinating. What a life. What a future. What an incredible passion. I couldn't help but find the way that this young man's life was turned into something that he felt so passionate about. He makes a point of saying that he never tried to "do anything". His family was always a support. His friends were always there for him. His father was a strong supporter and made sure that he had a better life than he had had before. His music was always a part of his life, and was the basis of what he was doing. And his father, his mother and all of his friends all had their own style. They created a big wall of rock and made it so large that he would never be able to fit inside it. I think this is what makes this documentary so great. It's not about what he did in his life. It's about what he wanted to do, and what he was doing, and how it influenced and inspired him. And it makes it really easy to watch. What a passion. I've never heard of anyone before, like, I can't remember, or not having heard of anyone who is related to him that was so passionate about rock and roll. And I've never heard of anybody else who is really good at it, or not good at it. That's what really made me laugh. So much about this guy is fascinating. When he was growing up, he didn't have much guidance, but he had parents that were really strong supporters. He had a strong support system, and he had a strong support group. And that's what makes this documentary so amazing. The documentary is really informative. It gives you a great perspective on a person who has really inspired generations of people. I'm not sure if I would be the right person to explain his life to, but this documentary does a great job of telling you what kind of man this man was. I think people should watch this documentary. It's definitely worth watching.

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Sharon

A short film, the best part of this documentary was a couple of scenes that showed Jean-Michel Basquiat's love for his work. At the same time, this is a documentary that does not go too deep into Basquiat's life. I think that the best part is to see Basquiat's love for his work. This documentary is not really about the artist, but it is about his love for his work. It is not a great documentary, but it is a very interesting documentary.

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Brenda P.

This is a really nice documentary about a forgotten artist that is still talked about today. It is as if the filmmaker knew and saw what was going on in his life and had to write down everything. I know it sounds strange but I really liked the interviews. I think the subject matter was something that Basquiat really wanted to talk about and could talk about without being all "aw shucks" and not getting too specific. This documentary is extremely interesting and informative. It was extremely refreshing to see him talk about his life as a kid and the problems he had with his parents, he just did not want to tell them about it. I also really liked how the filmmaker focused on the scene in which he did the car wash as a teenager. He talked about how it was kind of a transition from doing a bunch of paint jobs to doing his art, the different styles and the surrealism. He was a very unique person and I was surprised that he was such a shy kid who was very quiet. I would recommend this documentary to anyone who loves art or Basquiat.

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Evelyn Dunn

The documentary is by far the best thing about the Basquiat documentary. I've been going to Basquiat's exhibitions for years and the doc is the reason why I've attended them and bought the latest album. It is more than a story of a colorful character, it is a portrait of a person who is fascinating in and out of the art world. We can't fault it, it is well made, interesting and engaging.

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Jesse S.

This is a fairly long documentary that focuses on one of the most popular young artists in the art world in the late 1990's. It focuses on the many different aspects of Basquiat's life and how his work was influenced by his love for music. The documentary is fascinating as it gives a good look at Basquiat's life from his early days to his death. Basquiat is known as a music lover and the documentary shows many different side of his life. It's also interesting to see how different he was to his friends because it shows how different his friends were from him. In the end it's just an amazing look at one of the most popular artists in the world.

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Marilyn S.

I wasn't really a fan of Jean-Michel Basquiat's work, though I was familiar with his work. However, I have to admit that I didn't really have much to do with this documentary, except watch it. It is a collection of various pieces of interviews that, though intriguing, don't really lead anywhere. Basquiat is basically given a lot of slack, which makes it almost impossible to pin down what his fame was or why he became such a big part of so many people's lives. In some cases, this kind of slackness results in a dull presentation of the content, where the viewer just knows that the film is going to end, and doesn't really care. It's interesting to see people talking about the history of Basquiat's work, but this material is somewhat lost in the back and forth. Basquiat's personal life is also never really touched on, which could have been a lot more interesting. This is a pretty interesting documentary, but it leaves you with a feeling that it is not really worth your time.

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Amanda Newman

Jean-Michel Basquiat is a French painter who became famous for his biting, fastidious designs. But his work is also very personal and personal relationship. He may be described as a modern-day Paul Gauguin, painting the head of a lamb in a local graveyard. What's interesting about this film is the way the interviews are done, and how the conversations come across. Every conversation is with a different person, and as we listen, we get more into what they're saying, and how they're talking. It is a personal and fascinating film. And I highly recommend it to anyone who loves art and is interested in Basquiat.

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Frances

I was at a gallery showing of this documentary (in one of the smaller rooms) and the way the documentary was played was somewhat disrupted by the noise level. But the video quality was pretty good. I wish I could have gotten the screening at a larger theatre. I really enjoyed the video that they used in the interview of Basquiat. It was shot by John Schlesinger and his video crew, and it had a nice sound quality and nice image quality. I like to see all the videos they have of these people. Anyway, this documentary is about the late 20's and early 30's of Basquiat's life. Basquiat's life is a fascinating subject and I think that this documentary is an excellent study of this fascinating life. Basquiat was a life of contradictions and contradictions of what is a "real" artist and a "real" person. He was a person with a complete mind, a complete personality, but also a very confused mind. I love this documentary. It's one of my favorite documentaries, and I think that it's a good film on Basquiat. I think it's a good documentary about a fascinating and unique life of a gifted artist. I'm a big fan of Basquiat. I really like this documentary, and I think that it's an excellent documentary on Basquiat. It's a good film on Basquiat.

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Jacqueline J.

It was a great documentary, really, a lot of the time I was thinking "that's a nice story", but I kept thinking, "that's not so cool, how did that happen". I did think about that a lot, and the whole Basquiat documentary was like a dream. It's hard to watch and it's hard to not laugh at the documentary. I think the documentary was really great. I felt like the story is true, not true because they're making it up, but because I think Basquiat was real, his life and his art. I think Basquiat really was a huge influence on fashion, even if he was not really famous, I think the influence is still there. The film is very informative and fascinating. I don't think it's an artistic documentary. It's not a documentary about a guy who was famous, but it's more like a documentary about how important his life was, how important the clothes he wore, how important his style was, and how important his life was. It's interesting. It's really cool. I think it's a good documentary.

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Judy Cook

This is a really interesting documentary about a very interesting man. I'm not sure if his style has changed over the years, but the documentary covers some of the major stages of his life: his youth, the rise of his career, the birth of his 'big break', and the great extent of his influence and influence of the graffiti culture. His influence in the world of art and the scene was such that it is hard to know how he got all the attention he did. This documentary does a very good job at showing us his life and how he really rose to the top of his profession. The documentary is very informative and detailed, as well as really well done. For anyone who likes graffiti culture, this is a must-see!

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Crystal H.

I didn't know much about Jean-Michel Basquiat, and now I'm glad I didn't. There were lots of people I thought were pretty cool, and in the end, it was his great painting, "Boom for Real" that was the most interesting thing. The movie itself is entertaining, and shows all the highlights of his life. The interviews with artists and other interesting people are done really well. But there are a couple of problems. First, if you're only going to watch the documentary, you'll miss a lot of the dialogue between Basquiat and others. You'll miss lots of interesting discussions, and some of them will be interesting, but not all of them. Second, the interviews are mostly in French, and they're in English subtitles. That's not really a problem, but the subtitles are a little out of date. The movie's subtitle to English is the one in the center of the screen, and it was so blurry it was hard to see. I also think the movie could have used a little more humor and more background information about Basquiat. If you're not interested in the artist himself, you probably won't care. But if you're a fan of his work, I think you'll be interested. As far as I know, Basquiat was an artist who was more interested in the work and not in himself. He made a lot of art, but it wasn't for himself. If you're interested in Basquiat's life, you might like the documentary. But if you're interested in Basquiat himself, you might be disappointed. He was more of a musician and his music was more focused on the self-expression and not the ego. So there was more self-expression in his art, but it wasn't very focused. A lot of people like his paintings, but not much about his life. The documentary is probably a good investment for people who are interested in Basquiat, but I think it's not really a great movie.

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Jeffrey Stone

This documentary is about the career of artist, and his past as a drug-addicted teenager. This film focuses on the youth of Basquiat and his friends. The film shows a few of his paintings and a few words about him. It was fascinating to see how his friends and parents saw him. It was interesting to see how they reacted to him. The documentary is well-made. The subject matter was well-handled and well-done.

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Frank S.

I know Basquiat is one of the most important people of our time. For me, I have learned a lot about him, and he is one of my favorite artists. But this documentary is a bit too much. It has some great interviews, but most of them are not really necessary. I think the greatest thing this documentary does is show the culture of Basquiat, but it also goes into some problems he had with his family and friends, and how he tried to escape. For example, when he was painting he made a "transition" by going to school. This was the beginning of the art career for him. But he had to have a job, so he went to a barber, and he found out he had to pay a lot of money for the haircut. He didn't have a steady income for the next two years, so he lived with friends. And he was still going to school. But he did go to school and he knew he had to get a job, so he had to get a job. He did get a job, but it was a little too big, so he decided to quit school. He then decided to try out a different job, which was to paint. And he was hired for the "experimentation" part of the job, and that is when he became famous. So the documentary does a good job in showing the artist's life and his work, but it does not show his life in a really good way. It is not interesting enough. This documentary is more interesting to me, because it has a really good interview with Jean-Michel Basquiat. And also, it has a lot of pictures of Basquiat. I think this documentary is really worth seeing, but it could have been a lot better.

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Marilyn Fuller

Being a big fan of Basquiat, I was interested in this documentary. The one thing I was worried about was how the producers would portray Basquiat's early life, so I kept reading about his parents, and how they were nice people who never took advantage of him. One of my favorite things about Basquiat was that he had a lot of friends, and it was great to hear him tell stories of his childhood, and the things he did to get them to do the things he wanted them to do. This documentary does a great job of showing the life of Basquiat, as well as his time in the art world. The style of the film is quite dark, and it is pretty difficult to watch at times, but it is worth it. It is not a documentary about Basquiat, but rather a story about his art, his friends, and his parents. Overall, it is a very interesting documentary about one of the most popular artists of the time, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves Basquiat or his art.

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Katherine Reyes

This is one of those documentaries that you really need to watch a few times to really get the nuances of the characters and their lives. It is a bit of a mystery and may not be easy to find. It is also a bit of a love letter to the film industry and to Basquiat. At times it is extremely melancholic. However, it also has a very strong human story line and the exploration of the art of film is fascinating. The ending is very powerful and I loved it. I have to say, this is one of my favorite documentaries of all time.

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Denise

Jean-Michel Basquiat's life was a testament to the limitations of talent. His life, and his work, were singularly focused on the form, with a pure and visceral desire to express beauty, truth and emotion. Basquiat was a rare breed, a true artist who managed to attract the attention of an almost-universal audience. While he was a brilliant and enigmatic artist, his creative talent was never truly realized. But what he made was memorable, and his body of work is inextricably linked to his artistry. "The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat" is an excellent documentary that covers his early life, his influences, his influences on his work and his love of the music of Miles Davis. It covers his relationships with his mother and sisters, his relationships with women and his relationships with the women in his life. The film is basically a series of interviews with people who knew Basquiat, people who knew him. While the interviews are rather interesting, it is the images of the artist that will stick with you. These images will be permanently imprinted on your consciousness. There are pictures of him playing music, showing off his friends, singing and dancing. Basquiat was not only a musician, but a visual artist as well. It was his images and his images alone that was enough to connect him to his audience. He was a symbol, and his image was what his music was based on. All of these images will be important to you, and they will be important to the future of your culture. This is a documentary that will be cherished. It will be a part of your culture for years to come. And for that reason, it is a must-see.

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Brian

Before I start, I should say that the documentary was directed by the artist himself, and I am a fan of his work. I did not know how long it was going to be, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I'm not even sure why I had expected it to be that long. I was expecting it to be about 20-25 minutes long. I have to say I was very surprised by how much the documentary covered in an hour and a half. Not only did it cover the artist's early years, but it also covered the most recent years. I'm not sure what to think of this film. On one hand, it's a great piece of documentary film-making. On the other hand, it's really disappointing. I mean, if I was going to have a short film about the artist, I would have included more information about his early years, and more about his art. The documentary does cover a lot of the artist's life, but not very much about his art. The film is definitely better than the book, which is basically a biography of the artist. I give the documentary a 7 out of 10.