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    Movies about Art and Artists.

    You guys must have accumulated a decent list of movies about our profession.

    I'm looking for movies in the style of Painting with Fire (Frazetta)

    Though I wouldn't mind stuff like Derek Jarman's Caravaggio.

    Thanks peeps!!


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    that one with felix lighter as basquiat and bowie as andy warhol was kind of fun
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    I enjoyed Modigliani with Andy Garcia just because it captured that train wreck personality some artists have.

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    Simon Shama's Power of Art is the best series I've ever seen about art history.


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    "Rivers and Tides" on Andy Goldsworthy is really interesting.
    "Crumb" is supposed to be quite good...on the "underground " artist Robert Crumb.
    "Sirens" is a very easy to watch movie* about Australian artist Norman Lindsay.
    "Degas and the Dancer" is quite good...and actually won teh "Umanitas" award (whatever that may be).

    That's alll I can think of off the top of my head. Oh, do avoid the 2006 film "Klimt".

    *Because Elle Macpherson, and her cohorts, romps about au naturalle throughout.
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    I always wondered what a TV show about artists in an outsourcing studio. Like the first few seasons of house, when the drama revolved around the Medicine and the patients.

    "JUSTIN, Metroid's anatomy, perspective and proportions are completely off! And the client meeting is tomorrow!"
    "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOO"

    as Justin does a slow motion jump towards the cintique and scribbles furiously with the Stylus. Will Kaufman save the day? Will the client walk in unannounced and demand that the character be given wings and a too-too?!? FIND OUT NEXT WEEK.


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    How about "The Christmas Cottage"? It's about the early days of Thomas Kinkade, and if you look carefully, you can actually see dollops of syrup dripping from the screen... :-)

    I tend not to like biopics, because they mostly get all the biographical details wrong, turn movies about artists into movies about romance, and portray art (and music, and science, and everything else) as being mostly about sitting around waiting for inspiration rather than actually working at it.
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    I enjoyed "Surviving Picasso." It stars Anthony Hopkins as Picasso. Maybe it's just me, but I think that movie is hilarious. There's some great quotes in there.

    Also, "American Splendor" is good. As is "Exit Through the Gift Shop."

    In more of a documentary vein, there's two about Francis Bacon I enjoyed. One was a BBC production, (don't remember the title) and the other is called "In the Arena" I think.

    If you want something more Illustration/Concept Art based, there was a decent docu about Moebius several years ago. Also, Comic Book Confidential was good, if I remember correctly. It goes through the whole era of censorship in comics (With Frederic Wertham's famous book "Seduction of the Innocent" which led to Senate hearings about comics leading kids to juvenile delinquincy, the "Comics Code Authority" that tried to drive William Gaines out of business, etc.) and the rise of the underground comics scene (Crumb, the Hernandez Bros., etc., etc.)
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    Midnight in Paris was lovely and included many 19th and 20th century artists including Dali (which Adrian Brodie did an amazing job as) and Picasso.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    "Rivers and Tides" on Andy Goldsworthy is really interesting.
    "Crumb" is supposed to be quite good...on the "underground " artist Robert Crumb.
    "Sirens" is a very easy to watch movie* about Australian artist Norman Lindsay.
    "Degas and the Dancer" is quite good...and actually won teh "Umanitas" award (whatever that may be).

    That's alll I can think of off the top of my head. Oh, do avoid the 2006 film "Klimt".

    *Because Elle Macpherson, and her cohorts, romps about au naturalle throughout.
    crumb was good. I own the...wait for it... vhs version.

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    "Also, "American Splendor" is good."

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    "The art and crimes of David Choe" is kinda interesting.

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    I enjoyed Ed Harris’s ‘Pollock’, and I just adore 'Lust for life' staring Kirk Douglas!

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    "Frida" wasn't too bad.

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    'The Rebel' with Tony Hancock. Most accurate movie about art ever made!



    'Dirty Dali'
    was entertaining, if listening to 'plum in his mouth' Brian Sewell talking about Dali watching him masturbate is considered entertainment.


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    Crumb is great. Got it from my student library a few years back.

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    Comic Book confidential is a good one. It covers the history of comics up to the late 80's. Too bad they can't up date it. They missed the early 90's boom and the current indie boom.


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    'The Quince Tree Sun'
    ...is a must see.
    It's a feature length documentary of Antonio Garcia Lopez painting a quince tree in his garden. It's made by the same director responsible for 'Spirit of the Beehive'.
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    crumb is a great movie as has been mentioned, though the best one im familiar with is probably andrei rublev, both of which approach the idea of the artist in a way that actually has something to say and skirts the usual pitfalls of documentaries or whatever that try to express something with a movie that the artwork expresses better by itself

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    Great!! Thanks lads for all the suggestions!

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    Black comedy about modernist art: "Art School Confidential." Perhaps slightly over the top, but very funny.
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    It's really a series and not a movie... But "Desperate Romantics" about the pre-rafaelite brotherhood was pretty nice. It might not be a 100% historically accurate but still a fun show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blogmatix View Post
    Black comedy about modernist art: "Art School Confidential." Perhaps slightly over the top, but very funny.
    Quite possibly one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Made me physically angry.

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    These two documentaries by Paul Jilbert are quite good:
    JAMES BAMA: AMERICAN REALIST
    ROBERT E. McGINNIS: PAINTING THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER
    Paul is currently working on a film about Steranko; he shot a bunch of footage last year during the San Diego Comic-Con.
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    There is Andrew Cooke's film:
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    Also, sometime this year Maria Cabardo will be releasing her film:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velocity Kendall View Post
    that one with felix lighter as basquiat and bowie as andy warhol was kind of fun
    That's a great movie and one of my favorites.. Jeffrey Wright is the name of the actor that played Basquiat, although I think you're talking about his James Bond character.
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