Format: Collector's Edition, Color, DVD-Video, Special Edition, NTSC
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: October 26, 2006
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: New Video Group
- 2-Disc Set
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Additional Short Films (7)
- Bonus Film:
Interviews: Thomas Riedelsheimer - Filmmaker
- "Snowballs in Summer"
- Photo Galleries
- Biographies: Andy Goldsworthy
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 01/02/2003
"...As the film's images accumulate, the movie becomes a sustained and ultimately refreshing meditation on surrender to the idea of temporality..."
Box Office - 05/01/2003
"...RIVERS AND TIDES is a truly beautiful, insightful movie that captures the nature of this artist who forms art out of nature..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/23/2003
"...[Goldsworthy] brings order to nature, and nature undoes his work. With ice, twigs, leaves, stones, whatever he finds, he makes what comes to mind, as a child plays in nature..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/07/2003
"...Intoxicating and meditative by turns, helped by Frith's minimalist score, this film opens a portal into a singular creative mind..."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2003
"...Riedelsheimer's film often has a mesmerizing beauty, and indeed cinema seems the perfect medium to capture Goldsworthy's moving images..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers and Tides is a truly beautiful, Scottish-German 2001 documentary about artist Goldsworthy, a Scotsman whose medium is nature itself and whose preferred studio is the outdoors, particularly where water forever flows, rises, and/or retreats. The soft-spoken, secluded Goldsworthy is seen hard at work making ephemeral sculptures out of bits of ice in the trees, or building tall, mysterious cones from loose rock, which stand like spiritual sentinels in forests and on shorelines, overgrown by plants or swallowed daily by high tides. Filmmaker-cinematographer Thomas Reidelsheimer goes to great and sometimes inexplicable lengths to make visual corollaries to Goldsworthy's ideas about underappreciated relationships between light, color, movement, balance, and fluidity of form in the real world, making Rivers and Tides a lively and always surprising cinematic gallery. Some of Goldsworthy's most miraculous natural installations--stone walls that snake through hundreds of feet of forest and stream, for instance--show up in the last half-hour. --Tom Keogh
In RIVERS AND TIDES, German documentarian Thomas Riedelshiemer attempts to capture the essence of Scottish artist Andy Goldsworthy, who uses natural materials to create site-specific pieces which he then leaves to be carried away--or destroyed altogether--by the elements. Goldsworthy is seen at home in Scotland, as well as in Nova Scotia, France, and upstate New York, where he is commissioned to create unique works. A pinecone-like structure made of thick pieces of ice, vibrant, uniformly green leaves stitched together to form a snake which uncoils as it floats downstream, and a hanging fence of twigs painstakingly pinned together are just a few of Goldsworthy's lovely and unique creations. The artist, gentle and amiable, explains as he creates that part of the beauty of his work is that it isn't lasting and therefore he uses photographs to document what he otherwise would not be able to show. RIVERS AND TIDES is able to present the entire process of a handful of Goldsworthy's works including a few which collapse before he is able to complete them. Set to a score by Fred Frith, which marries beautifully to the mesmerizing imagery, Riedelshiemer's beautiful, meditative, and humorous film is a sensory feast.
- IN THEATRES: JANUARY 2, 2003 (NY)