United Kingdom 1974, 106 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
In the middle of the 1970s, long before his works were priced at tens of millions of dollars, David Hockney had already become a superstar. It is therefore unsurprising that director Jack Hazan chose him as the subject of his unusual film. The film follows Hockney as he picks up the pieces after a breakup—and paints some of his greatest work. The documentary footage is intercut with fantasies, some of them erotic—an unprecedented on-screen depiction of homosexual love. Young Hockney and his bohemian friends are shown flitting between the clubs, galleries, and fashion shows of London and New York. The result was so intimate that Hockney offered the director 20,000 GBP to shelve the film. The director refused, and now this rare gem graces the screen once more, revived in a new digital restoration.