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MOVIES ABOUT THE LIVES OF ARTISTS

 
 
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 07:19 pm
@ossobuco,
I just remembered another favorite, Camille Claudel, with Isabelle Adjani as Camille and Gerard Depardieu as Rodin.. review here:
http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9B03E6D6163CEF3ABC4A52DFBE66838B679EDE
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 07:34 pm
@ossobuco,
your link was to join NYT direct. Im already a member, the link led nowhere. Got another one
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 07:44 pm
@farmerman,
The Camille Claudel link is probably a spoiler..
Oops, it's the same link (though that opened to the review for me).

Ah, here's another Claudel link - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094828/

These are both rather melodramatic movies - which I enjoyed in spite of that.
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firefly
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 08:04 pm
There is the epic, The Agony and the Ecstasy, with Charlton Heston as Michelangelo.

Surviving Picasso with Anthony Hopkins.

Van Gogh (1991) --About the final 67 days of the artist's life
http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?_r=1&res=9E0CEFDF1439F933A05753C1A964958260&partner=Rotten%20Tomatoes
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 08:20 pm
@firefly,
We already got thoe three. WQere into finer grit now.
KLIMT , a 2006 movie with John Malkovitch playing Gus
firefly
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 08:25 pm
@farmerman,
Do you have Georgia O'Keeffe (2009)-- With Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons
http://www.amazon.com/Georgia-OKeeffe-Joan-Allen/dp/B0030T120A/ref=pd_sim_v_2
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 08:28 pm
@firefly,
I saw that one a few weeks ago and wasnt too impressed.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 28 Jun, 2010 01:58 pm
another favorite: Tosca's Kiss

http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Tosca_s_Kiss/70014396?strackid=36f96d4f3d48e0f6_0_srl&strkid=117114619_0_0&trkid=438381

It's a documentary set in a nursing home in Italy (Lucca, I think) with aging opera singers - yes, they can still sing - Diane and I watched it together (Dys probably napping), while tears ran down both our faces at one point.
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Tue 29 Jun, 2010 09:46 am
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote:
Ill start with afairly good movie about Francisco Goya called GOYA"S GHOSTS. In this movie Goya is actually a secondary character and it actually follows the life of one of his models. It comes full circle like a Coen brothers movie so it is somewhat predictable in the end.BUT ya gotta wait for the denoument. Id give it a solid 3 stars out of four

I saw Goya's Ghosts and had an entirely different reaction. Goya came off as a profoundly uninteresting character, which is strange considering that he lived a fairly interesting life. The story itself is as fresh as a Horace Walpole novella: bad man seduces and destroys innocent, virginal girl and then gets his comeuppance. Ho hum.

I also saw Little Ashes not too long ago. It's Salvador Dali, Luis Buñuel, and Federico Garcia Lorca and their kooky collegiate hijinx. Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame shows that, when he's not being a dreamy-eyed vampire, he genuinely can't act. Another film that takes artists who led interesting lives and turns them into whining emo dullards.

In general, films haven't really done a good job capturing the lives of artists, painters, and sculptors. I'm not sure why that is. Pollock , for instance, has a good performance by Ed Harris, but it's just another movie about some self-destructive genius -- this one happens to throw paint on canvases. Maybe movies haven't been very successful with artist biopics is because the craft of art is rather uninteresting -- who wants to watch someone paint a portrait or sculpt a statue? -- which leaves only the story of "the tortured genius," which we've seen a thousand times before.
firefly
 
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Reply Tue 29 Jun, 2010 10:43 am
@joefromchicago,
One film which, I think, does work is Rembrandt(1936) with Charles Laughton. Apart from fine acting and superb direction, it also helps that Rembrandt was not just another tortured genius.

This is one of the original reviews
http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9D06E5DE1F39EE3BBC4B53DFB467838D629EDE
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 29 Jun, 2010 10:54 am
@joefromchicago,
Well, every western is good guy v bad guy. I just wish to see as many of the "lives of Artists" movies as were made. The Goya movie was a treatise on the girl and her travails.

Havent seen the Dali one, yet Ive seen several docs on this truly wacky guy.

I submit that , when an artist is involved, its life is surrounding the work and anything else is secondary. Maybe with exceptions of George CAtlin Frederick Church.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 29 Jun, 2010 12:54 pm
@firefly,
Thanks, I'll check that one out.
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