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Artist and music lover David Hockney has combined his two passions by doing playful, colorful stage designs for opera. This 2003 video by Maryte Kavaliauskas and Seth Schneidman documents his process: among other things he simplifies the “jumble” of ideas in his head and tests models with various lighting effects. There are no great insights here, and the clips of his productions are way too short to give a sense of the operas. His childlike inventiveness does come through, but those who think his art is pretty but superficial will find little contrary evidence. We also learn, sadly, that Hockney is going deaf. 85 min.

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