Giving Marina Abramovic The Ax

This post first appeared as “David Blaine: Psycho killer or master illusionist” in The Times of Israel.

Matthew Akers’ documentary “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present,” about the world’s best-known performance artist’s 730 hour-long staring contest at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2010, has won the Audience Prize for a feature film at a festival in Paris honoring US indie films.

However, as the first-ever week-long Champs-Elysées Film Festival came to a close and the documentary opened this week in New York, Andre Tartarwrote for New York Magazine’s Vulture blog the he “can’t help wonder just how much lustier the reception [for the film] might’ve been if Abramovic really had let magician David Blaine disembowel her with a fire axe.”

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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