Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine – directed by Marion Cajori – 2008

 

Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine is a 2008 documentary on the sculptor Louise Bourgeois by  Marion Cajori filmed between 1993 to 2007.

The film focuses largely on Bourgeois’ work but looks at how her experiences have changed her and how she creates her work, in particular her childhood and relationship with her father and his mistress. It was fascinating to see how Bourgeois interpreted her difficult feelings into her work but also how her work does not differentiate from her life, she is continually creating and experimenting. Bourgeois did not achieve commercial success until she was in her seventies when she given a retrospective at MOMA in New York in 1982. However she had been creating sculpture since the the 30s and has a huge back catalogue of work. What is most unique about Bourgeois is her refusal to stop creating work or listen to criticism.

The film uses a wealth of footage from exhibitions, private interviews, public ones and her working in the studio offering a rounded view on her career and the process in which she creates. Bourgeois often talks of anger in her work and this becomes clear when you see her working.

The one criticism of the film is its poor editing, it lacks a clear linear structure and will return to a theme from earlier in the film without any clear reason for doing so. This means that although the work is only 90 minutes it feels far longer however the quality of her work and the way she speaks about it keeps the audience interested.

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