The best art films are about failure as well as success. Does anyone know how art is created? Do artists know?

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Biggie and Tupac
Biggie and Tupac
2002-01-01 | 1h 47m 44s | Investigative
In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight. Broomfield uncovers a compelling world of glamorised violence, police corruption, racial politics and murder.
Clowns
Clowns
2008 | 58m | Down Among the Arts
Why would anyone choose a thankless career of balloon-folding, silly trousers, and five-year-old hecklers? Daisy Asquith investigates the lives of four children’s party entertainers. Some love children – nothing makes Potty the Pirate happier than watching their faces light up with laughter – whereas others are more ambivalent. Tommy Tickle, for instance, thinks they’re all spoilt brats, his own daughter Stephanie, a teenage Goth, in particular. From Tommy’s boozing to Mr Pumpkin’s mother’s Alzheimer’s disease, she reveals the intimate details of the clown’s tragicomic life, revealing a world that is by turns melancholy and hilarious
Down From The Mountain
Down From The Mountain
2000-01-01 | 1h 34m 7s | Music
When the time came for the Coen Brothers to find the music for their Southern period piece comedy, 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?', they asked record producer T Bone Burnett to lend a hand. They wanted original recordings of old-timey, American folk music. What they came up with was a sprawling mix of authentic bluegrass musicians and contemporary alternative country stars. Plans were made for the album to be performed live in Nashville and this film documents that concert, complete with backstage preparations and rehearsals.
Man With A Movie Camera
Man With A Movie Camera
1929-01-01 | 1h 7m 7s | Experimental
A unparalleled look at daily life in 1920's Soviet Union. Director Dziga Vertov, or 'Spinning Top', synthesises footage of industry, exercise, leisure and transport with scenes of the film being edited, of the filming itself and cameramen at work. He challenges the artifice of narrative documentary - asserting that acknowledging the process is more truthful than excluding it for neutrality or form. Stop-motion animation, split screens, double exposures and lengthy dissolves, all techniques in their infancy at the time, are deployed expertly. With a new score, this modern restoration shows fully why this is among the most respected and referenced films ever made.
Shot in Bombay
Shot in Bombay
2008 | 1h 36m | Documentary
A fast-paced and furious documentary exposing the dark underbelly of Bollywood's tinselly glamour. The Mumbai film industry has long been rumoured to be associated with crime syndicates. The connection was publicly established when, in July 2007, one of India's superstars, Sanjay Dutt, was convicted of possessing firearms which were linked to India's 9/11 - the day in 1993 when Mumbai suffered 13 terrorist bomb blasts in the space of two hours.nnAs full of sudden reversals as any thriller, this documentary follows Sanjay Dutt as he makes Shootout In Lokhandwala, his last film before being sentenced. He plays a real-life Mumbai police officer, AA Khan, who became a local hero after a fatal shootout with criminals in which 1,400 rounds of ammunition were fired. Liz Mermin's documentary subtly underlines the ironies of this situation with a cast as colourful as any Bollywood movie.
The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not For Sale
The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not For Sale
2008-01-01 | 1h 18m 52s | Biographical
Artist Chuck Connelly sold to MoMA in the early eighties and was on the cusp of major success. However, his grudges, alcoholism and real or imagined slights have pushed him to outsider status, on the edge of the art world. Filmed by director Jeff Stimmel and Connelly's wife Laurence Groux, Chuck rails against the art establishment and the world while maintaining a fearsome rate of production. His marriage breaks down during filming, brought on by financial difficulty and Connelly's destructive attitude. The film explores the reality behind the concept of the 'tortured artist'€™ whilst simultaneously challenging the concept - is Connelly contorting himself to a cultural mould?
The Great Contemporary Art Bubble
The Great Contemporary Art Bubble
2009-01-01 | 58m 42s | arts
On September 15th 2008, the day of the Lehman Brothers' collapse, a contemporary art auction at Southeby's made over £111 million. Critic and filmmaker Ben Lewis looks at the distorting effect of the commercial art market and how it functions - who’s buying the art, who’s making the art and who’s selling the art. Is work by Damien Hirst valuable because it is good or because it is expensive? Who regulates the art market? Lewis returns to Southeby's a year on, to find out what's changed and to examine the future of art as a commodity.
The Road to Fame
The Road to Fame
2013-01-01 | 1h 19m 51s | Arts
The Road to Fame tells a unique coming-of-age story with Chinese characteristics. The film chronicles the staging of the American musical 'Fame' — China’s first official collaboration with Broadway — by the senior class at China's top drama academy as their graduation showcase. During the eight-month process, five students compete for roles, struggle with pressure from family and authority, and prepare to graduate into a cutthroat and corrupt show business. They must confront complex social realities and their own anxieties, and, in the process of staging Fame, negotiate their own definitions of and paths to success in today’s China.
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