Award-winning television documentary chronicling the life and work of the Latvian-born, American painter Mark Rothko. The film focuses especially on Rothko's demands for the perfect setting for the showing of his work, typified by the story of his iconic Seagram murals, nine of which now hang at the Tate Modern. One of the murals' commissioners, the renowned architect Philip Johnson, is among those who explain why Rothko refused to allow these works to hang in their intended venue, the Four Seasons restaurant in New York. Rothko once said, 'I'm not interested in the relationship of colour or form or anything else. I'm interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom and so on... The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience as I had when I painted them'.