Thursday, February 02, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks: Films About Artists (Painters)
For the first week of February 2017 of the Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We venture into films about artists in great painters. People who are known for their great art and painters as well as the paintings they have created.
Julian Schnabel’s bio-pic on Jean-Michel Basquiat is an unconventional film as it explores someone who known for his unique approach to street art that would become big in the New York art world. With Jeffrey Wright playing the titular role in a breakthrough performance, it’s a film that explores the fallacy of success as someone who struggles with wanting to be revered but also dealing with himself. It’s definitely one of the finest films about art and painters that features a great ensemble cast that includes Claire Forlani, Gary Oldman, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Walken, Parker Posey, Michael Wincott, Benicio del Toro, Dennis Hopper, and David Bowie as Andy Warhol in what many say is the most authentic version of Warhol on screen.
2. Girl with a Pearl Earring
In Peter Webber’s adaptation of Tracy Chevalier’s novel is definitely one of the most beautiful films of the 2000s though it’s more about the subject of the painting rather than its painter Johannes Vermeer. Still, it is a phenomenal film that explores the works of Vermeer from the perspective of a young maid who would become the subject of the titular painting. It showcases what an artist does as well as the maid who kind of understands what he wants in its painting as Colin Firth is incredible as Vermeer yet the film really belongs to Scarlett Johansson as the young maid Griet as it is one of her defining performances.
Ed Harris’ bio-pic on Jackson Pollock is probably one of the most intriguing portraits of one of the great American artists of the 20th Century. It’s an unconventional film with Harris playing Pollock as it showcases a man who strives to be great but is also quite tormented. With Marcia Gay Harden giving a phenomenal performance as his wife, the film showcases many things that made Pollock so beloved as an artist but also the man who is quite complicated and fucked-up that led to his death in 1956 at age 44. It’s a film that anyone who loves art must see.
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