Moshe Mokady: In a Straight Line

13 Minutes and 58 seconds , 1971
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Directed by: Bella Baram
In this cinematic portrait of painter, Moshe Mokady, filmmaker Bella Baram captures the artist whilst he was working at the Ein Hod artist village. She sits down with Mokady for an interview about his career, and the evolution of his artistic style – the impact that both the School of Paris and Russian painter, Chaïm Soutine have had on his aesthetic, and his eventual turn to a simpler style of painting, to the point of even dabbling in monochrome art. If anything, it is when encountering Mokady’s unbridled honestly about the criticism he has received, his own scepticism, and his insistence on going against the grain and making local art amidst the dominance of an international style that an image of a highly conscious and skilled artist with a uniquely individual style who did not necessarily fancy himself part of the national ethos, emerges with stark clarity.
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