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It’s a good thing the camera keeps a respectful—even wary—distance from German artist Gerhard Richter in this mesmerizing, near-experimental profile—because things aren’t going so well. Outside his echoey studio, birds are chirping, yet the two oil works he’s laboring on are disasters: explosions of garish color that would embarrass an amateur. Pushing the paint around with a giant scraper (it looks more like a bookshelf than a brush), Richter fills the air with an awful, tearing noise. He seems pissed off, and surly comments to filmmaker Corinna Belz confirm as much. The guy’s a master, but he has his off days.

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