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Beauty is Embarrassing

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Beauty Is Embarrassing chronicles the vaulted highs and the crushing lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art. Acting as his own narrator, Wayne guides us through his life using moments from his latest creation: a hilarious, biographical one-man show. Whether he's parading a twenty foot tall puppet through the Tennessee hillside, romping around the Hollywood Hills dressed in his LBJ puppet suit, relaxing in his studio pickin' his banjo, or watching his children grow up much too soon, Wayne White always seems to have a youthful grin and a desperate drive to create art and objects. It is an ...

  • DirectorNeil Berkeley
  • Runtime: 1 hr 28 min
  • StudioDoc Club
  • QualityHD
  • Starring

Reviews about Beauty is Embarrassing

Detroit News
Tom Long
Detroit News

"Beauty Is Embarrassing" is an undeniably likable film, mainly because White is a likable guy who believes comedy is at least as important as tragedy.

Washington Post
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Neil Berkeley's infectiously affectionate portrait of artist, puppeteer and genially profane provocateur Wayne White.

Boston Globe
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

An amiable if not especially urgent celebration of the life and work of Wayne White.

NPR
Linda Holmes
NPR

It remains a story at all times - there's a moment at a book signing that will give you a big smile and goosebumps - and it keeps throwing great things to look at up on the screen.

Globe and Mail
Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail

His art is a force that can't be contained: No wonder he felt so at home in the warped environs of Pee-wee's Playhouse.

Toronto Star
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

The doc meanders occasionally, but we're grateful when it comes back to White and his creations.

Film Comment Magazine
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine

This is certainly not to suggest that White's work is worthless or unimpressive, but the way it is sold to us is predictable and unclever.

PopMatters
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters

Judging from this documentary, his character is as exuberant as his work, and he seems to be one of those lucky people who simply can't stop creating...

Creative Loafing
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

If for no other reason, the film should at least be seen for its visuals -- or, rather, for White's visuals.

Boston Herald
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Using animation, CGI and stop-motion, and mixing analog and digital video, director Berkeley transforms 'Beauty Is Embarrassing' into a White-inspired but Berkeley made work of pop-folk art

Boston Phoenix
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix

It's ... indulgent, not admitting that White's new gimmick wears out its welcome, and never making the case that White deserves his own documentary.

Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This isn't necessarily a life-altering work, but there's no denying that the fun White gets out of his work is pretty irresistible.

Beauty is Embarrassing
victoria vanb.
The best movie of all time

The best movie of all time. Even though we ordered an Amazon copy DVD thing, it's close enough to the original (which is out of print and lots of $$$) for our collection.

Beauty is Embarrassing
DrJon
Great subject. Thoroughly enjoyed this one

Well produced documentary. Great subject. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Beauty is Embarrassing
T. Clark
Five Stars

Best art film hands down! Strong language but good, positive message for every artist at every level.

Beauty is Embarrassing
Sidney Zerah
Five Stars

very orginal character done in an orginal documentary

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