Monday, September 3, 2012

Great Films About Artists

One of my favorite movie genres is that of the lives of artists and lately I have been indulging that appetite by renting a handful of films from our local library.

I love to see the stories behind what motivated some of the greatest artists in history; what made them pick up a brush create such fabulous works of art.

Most recently I have delved into the lives of Van Gogh, Pollock, Modigliani, Dali and Vermeer:



Two hours with Colin Firth is always a joy, but pair him with a great actress
like the lovely Scarlett Johansson and you have a wonderful film about how
Johannes Vermeer was inspired to paint the divine painting below:

"Girl With A Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer
I was fascinated by the process of mixing paint by hand in
the 17th Century. God bless our modern art suppliers!

Scarlett Johansson & Colin Firth in "Girl With A Pearl Earring"
I highly recommend this beautifully cinematic film = 4 stars


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Most great artists lived on the edge of society. It was
while walking over the line that they found greatness.
Salvador Dali was no exception.

He had an intimate relationship with Spanish poet
Frederico Garcia Lorca that continues to feed
rumor and innuendo to this day.

As a fan of Robert Pattinson I enjoyed his portrayal
of a college-age Surrealist painter, Salvador Dali, very much.




Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali
I give this film 3 stars, 4 stars if you are a Pattinson fan!


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Although I took art history in college to earn my BFA in Art,
I never quite "got" what made the modern artists such as
Pollock, Warhol and De Kooning great. 

I was much too young and inexperienced myself as an artist
to understand the concept of taking what is in one's soul and
transferring it onto the canvas.

So many years later, I now have a desire to understand what
it is about modern art that inspires so much critical acclaim.

While re-reading many of my art books from college I came across
this film and knew it would have the answers I was looking for to
the this very question, and it did.

I now have a much clearer idea of what modern art is about and
why scribbles of paint on a canvas was considered
the pioneering of modern art.

Ed Harris and Marcia Gay Harden
BTW, Harden won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
in her role as Pollock's wife, Lee Krasner.
Ed Harris was perfection in this role, as well, IMHO.

Another bright surprise for me was that Pollock lived
near my hometown on Long Island while creating the art
that would make him famous.


The mural Pollock painted for Peggy Guggenheim
I highly recommend this film for its education in modern art = 4 stars


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Another wonderful actor to watch, Andy Garcia, as Amedeo Modigliani.
His wife was his muse, Picasso his rival, making the story of his
genius very emotional and intense in 1919 Paris.

The lovely Elsa Zylberstein as Jeanne Hebuterne, is
the very image of a living Modilgliani painitng.

Andy Garcia & Elsa Zylberstein as Mr. & Mrs. Modigliani
Jeanne Hebuterne by Modigliani

I give this film 3 stars


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Some other fabulous movies about great artists I've enjoyed in the past:


Ashley Judd with Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo

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The Pre-Raphaelites, Millais, Rosetti, & Holman-Hunt
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Richard Armitage as Claude Monet
(How can you go wrong!)
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Tim Roth as the suffering Vincent Van Gogh








2 comments:

  1. Hi Diane, Andy Garcia has always made
    me smile... lol
    Wanted to thank you for your visit to
    my blog today and it's helpful to hear
    about another going through the pains
    of Vertigo.. Yes, the therapy really
    works and in my case the vertigo only
    came back because I did not follow orders
    and use ear plugs when I flew... hopefully
    yours never comes back.
    Thanks again
    Sandy

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  2. Thank you for this post. I, too, am inspired by the creative processes of other artists. I look forward to feeding my muse with several of your recommendations. Thanks again!

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