Paul Gardner - Writer, FilmmakerPaul Gardner | Writer | Filmmaker
Art City Logo
The "Art City" film series, 'Making It in Manhattan' (1996), 'Simplicity' and 'A Ruling Passion' (2002)
Produced by Chris Maybach and Paul Gardner

This lauded series, an inventive collage of the contemporary art world, allows artists, along with some critics and collectors, to speak for themselves, without intrusive narration. Moving at a fast, yet insightful clip, the films carry their own personal stamp -- without critical jargon -- while mixing candid detail with superior interviews.  Artists like Louise Bourgeois, Brice Marden, Neil Jenney, and Elizabeth Peyton appear in their studios -- at work and in thought. The filmmakers purposefully include a wide range of artists, regardless of status, age and backgrounds who discuss inspiration, aesthetic issues, and how they often overcame hardship to pursue a lifetime in art. Setting a lively pace for it all, now imitated by other art documentarians, is music by Tom Waits, Chet Baker and Sakamoto.
'Art City' : A Compelling Collection of Film Portraits,
by Philip Kennicott, The Washinton Post, Feb. 3, 2002

The series stands outside the polished emptiness of most of what passes for cultural documentary on PBS. Intelligent, knowing and mostly canonical in its choices...there is a fresh and absorbing enthusiasm to the filmmaking as well. "Art City" also works as a primer on the dizzying art world of the last 20 years. The artists behave mostly without pretense; what they say generally rises above the cliches that infest so much filmmaking about high culture.
"Art City"
by Peter Frank, LA Weekly, Dec. 12, 1996

Art City, surprisingly and sympathetically (and with jazz and quality pop enlivening every clip) portrays the late 20th-century artist anywhere in big-city America.
"A perfect time-capsule of the American art world as it goes into the 21st Century. Posterity should be grateful."
Robert Rosenblum, The Guggenheim Museum

"Remarkable. One appreciates the rarity and beauty of this achievement."
Arthur C. Danto, The Nation
"Precise, accurate and engrossing."
Sydney Pollack
"One must marvel at this insightful job."
Andrew Sarris
Richard Tuttle - Maybach, Gardner Film Production
"Never Not An Artist" (2004)
Produced by Chris Maybach and Paul Gardner

Richard Tuttle's extraordinary work has exuded vitality and energy for over four decades -- a remarkable feat, particularly since his art is so
modest, vunerable and daringly simplified. This engaging film is the first to profile a most iconoclastic artist whose materials include wire,
string and plywood. Here's an intimate view of Tuttle in Miami, San Francisco and his studio near Sante Fe. The film focuses on issues of
commitment, communication and controversy. It further delves into the relationship  between size and value, the language of materials
and learning how to "see" art.  

''This view into the work, life and thinking of Richard Tuttle is a rich gift."
Brice Marden

"A fascinating visual tour of the art and career of Richard Tuttle, the maverick Minimalist who has never stopped pushing the envelope of
what art can do."
Robert Rosenblum, professor of Art History, NYU
10 Days' Wonder
Sight and Sound, Autumn, 1972. By Jan Dawson.

Film Guide: **** Chabrol's teasingly brilliant, adaptation of, and improvement on, the Ellery Queen mystery in which the solution hinges on the Ten Commandments. Reminscent of Le Scandale in style, but more Nietzschean than Hitchcockian, as it runs the gamut from Genesis to the Apocalypse.(Orson Welles, Anthony Perkins, Michel Piccoli, Marlene Jobert.) Reviewed
Ten Days' Wonder
Time Out/London, Guide, 1989. By Tony Rayns

Here Chabrol inaugurates a new genre, the theological thriller. Chabrol's movies, echoing Fritz Lang's, have long been edging towards a confrontation with Fate. This is it. Chabrol's movies grow less and less like anyone else's; this one is worth seeing again and again. 
'Ten Days' Wonder
The Times of London by John Russell Taylor
. September 22, 1972
Crisp and dry and alienating. Deliberately so, of course; Chabrol always  knows exactly what he is up to. This film is very abstract and geometrical. But it must be admitted that some of the stylistic flourishes are very fetching indeed. Since Les Biches Chabrol's career has been an astonishing succession of triumphs, and Ten Days' Wonder does not break the succession.
"Ten Days'' Wonderful!
The NY Daily News.
by Rex Reed. April 28, 1972

An extraordinary film, worthy of special attention. The puzzle of a script by Paul Gardner and Eugene Archer peels away each layer of mystery like scales from a fish. I found it intelligent, riveting entertainment.
Movie review by Richard Schickel. May 26, 1972

Chabrol's preoccupation with the big, unanswerable questions about the nature of good and evil exceed even his taste for beauty.The plot is pretty good and mystifying until Chabrol permits it to unravel too quickly and unemotionally. For the simple beauty of Chabrol's imagery, I'm willing to offer a guarded recommendation. Chabrol is a gifted artist.
Movie Review: Chabrol's 'Ten Days' Wonder.'
The Hollywood Reporter
by Ron Pennington.  May 12, 1972.

"Ten Days' Wonder' is Claude Chabrol's brilliantly stylized alteration of the Ellery Queen mystery novel. It is a very personal vision.The performances are all low-key and preserved, working in a complete harmony with the director's mannered staging. The flat and emotionless delivery gives a stunning theatrical portentousness to Paul Gardner's and Eugene Archer's strong dialogue. The detective story has given way to a deeper and more ominous feeling through Chabrol's sensitive personal presentation.
All content is copyright © 2010 Paul Gardner. All Rights Reserved.