So far this year I have seen two remarkable documentary films. One is, It Ain’t Over and the other is Whaam Blam by James Hussey.
Hussey’s work is somewhat more serious in that it delves into the fairness of the use of other creator’s art work by Roy Lichtenstein without giving credit or even more importantly monetary consideration for using the work of some one else in his rise in the area of comic book art.
While folks interested in comic books and the art contained will be more apt to be drawn to the film, the structuring of the presentation through interviews and direct comparisons of Lichtenstein’s work to other ‘starving artists’ shows a clean path of copying and taking credit for art work that others created.
The split screen work divulging the obvious plagiarism is countered by legal folks who say with out a written contract there may a moral responsibility but no legal attachment to the fortune that Lichtenstein’s work demands at auction today.
The story begins after World War II when folks in the USA begin to have greater wealth and looked for new in almost anything. Cars, homes, furniture and design that was different all appeared to be the future and it was that fast track that Lichtenstein caught on to and climbed the ladder to success.
The film is worth a look, it is both interesting and compelling to view. Also DAVID BARSALOU from Chicopee, Massachusetts is the prime detective in the chase to compare Lichtenstein’s work and prove much of it is a copy of other work. Dave is a contributor to Projections and his ratings of films appear at this film review site. Nice work Dave congratulations.