88 min., dv cam, dolby srd, 2006,
SHOAH and PIN-UPS is a
film about breaking a taboo.
In his art the 80-year old New York NO! Artist, Boris
Lurie, brings together what doesnt belong together:
the gassed corpses and the naked, the Shoah and pin-ups.
Its not perverted art, but a comment on a perverted
society, says Lurie, and he draws a line from the Shoah
to the war in Iraq.
And he would have so liked to have painted comfortable,
comforting things, like the Impressionists did. But
something kept him from doing that. And that something
is what this film searches.
The search takes us via Riga and Buchenwald to the New
York of the 50s and 60s, when NO! Art developed as an
obstinate reaction to Pop Art. Boris Luries NO!
is his motto: NO! to the expectations of the art market.
NO! to bourgeois decorum! NO! to victim mentality.
A film about the timeless timely questions of remembering
and about coping with the extermination of the Jews