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Because I Was a Painter


Christophe Cognet

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About the Movie

Because I Was a Painter is an unprecedented investigation into secretly created artworks inside Nazi concentration camps. Including interviews with a handful of artists who survived the camps, this fascinating documentary confronts notions of beauty and delivers a forceful message on the power of art.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Because I Was a Painter" maintains a funereal rhythm, alternating images of artworks with long-distance views of camp barracks as they are today, the camera moving slowly and stealthily. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Apr 23, 2015

Fresh: [It] represents a break from the rigorous historical work typically associated with documentaries about the Holocaust, and its open-ended nature is a fitting analogue to ongoing questions about testimony and healing. – Abby Garnett, Village Voice, Apr 22, 2015

Fresh: The drawings, mostly portraits of great grief, are extraordinary both as documents and as works of art. – Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, May 1, 2015

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2015

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