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Spring & Arnaud: An artful and art-filled love story

3.5 out of 4 stars

Title
Spring & Arnaud
Directed by
Katherine Knight, Marcia Connolly
Genre
Documentary
Classification
G
Country
Canada
Year
2013

Together more than 25 years, Spring Hurlbut and Arnaud Maggs lived an artful and art-filled life until Maggs's death at 86 last year. While Oscar Wilde may have put his talent into his art and saved his genius for the living, these two souls in communion, born 26 years apart, appear not to have stinted on either. Shot in the months leading up to Maggs's death, the film, as its title more than suggests, is an elegiacally inflected love story between equals, the co-directors never privileging one artist's oeuvre or sensibility over the other's. Mostly it's just Arnaud and Spring, looking, talking, not talking, gesturing, at their cottage in France, their home and studios in Toronto, a flea market, the National Gallery in Ottawa. Affectionate and respectful, it's also gorgeous to look at.

April 29, 6:30 p.m., May 1, 4 p.m., and May 4, 2 p.m., Lightbox.

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