Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. Canada, 1977. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Maragall Productions. Screenplay by Harry Rasky. Cinematography by Kenneth W. Gregg. Produced by Harry Rasky. Music by Louis Applebaum. Film Editing by Arla Saare. Academy Awards 1977.
The paintings of Marc Chagall have been deservedly celebrated for the colour and passion contained within their borders, and this sweet tribute gives some background to his vast body of work. Chagall himself appears on screen, often with his delightful wife Valentina Brodsky who translates for him on camera, as he explains his influences (it was his love for his late mother that was responsible for much of his earliest imagery). The film has some biographical detail as well, following Chagall from his birthplace of Vitbesk to studying and working in Paris and beyond, but director Harry Rasky concentrates on the art, however, his method straightforward and unremarkable but satisfying for anyone who is drawn to watch this because of an interest in the subject matter.