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See William Friedkin's New Documentary This Friday

The Painter's Voice  
It took years for paintings conservators at the Getty Museum to restore Jean-Baptiste Oudry's Rhinoceros and Lion to their original glory. Filmmaker William Friedkin (The French Connection, the Exorcist, Bug) was there every step of the way to capture the painstaking, creative, and delicate work of restoring these two masterpieces.

See the results of this labor of love on Friday, August 3, as Friedkin's documentary The Painter's Voice:The Restoration of Two Master Paintings (DVD, 27 min.) screens free at the Getty Center. The film screens at 3:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:15 p.m. No reservations are required—just drop by the Museum Lecture Hall.

The DVD is also available at the Museum Store and our online Bookstore for $14.95.

Friedkin will discuss the project and his personal take on the exhibition in Point-of-View Talks in the exhibition galleries at 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. on Friday. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk on Friday beginning at 3:00 p.m. Space is limited, so come early! And let us know what you thought of the film.

Watch a five-minute excerpt from A Painter's Voice in our Video Gallery.


Re: See William Friedkin's New Documentary This Friday

I got all choked up at the end of film when the conservator is bidding farewell to the painting of Clara. He made it sound like Clara was goign to be released into the wild - unlike the real Clara, who died in captivity far from home.

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