DVDs: The films of Henri Langlois
Who Gets to Call It Art? attempts to illuminate the New York art scene of the 1950s and '60s from the vantage point of Henry Geldzahler, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's first curator of contemporary painting. It doesn't always work - Geldzahler isn't a compelling central figure - but it does provide a lively portrait of the period. The DVD includes some extra footage as well as some neat omitted interviews with major artists who have great stories to tell. (There's also a dated Claes Oldenburg art movie.) It's too bad that the image isn't anamorphic and that the sound on some interviews is distorted. Both: [NR] English, Dolby Digital 2-channel mono; dual layer. Langlois: full frame (1.33:1). Art: letterboxed (1.78:1).