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Top movies about artists and art

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Outstanding artists not only created masterpieces, but also by themselves were charismatic personalities, whose lives deserved much attention. It is no coincidence that many of them formed the basis for feature films and documentaries.

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING (2003)

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Directed by Peter Webber

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth

The young Griet (Scarlett Johanson) get employed as a maid in the house of the artist Jan Vermeer. Griet also cleans up in the artist’s workshop. The feeling with which the maid relates to the art attracts the attention of the artist to a young Griet. He invites her to pose for him in a new painting.

The famous movie about art, telling the story of the creation of the most famous painting by the Dutch artist Vermeer “Girl with a Pearl Earring”.

LAUTREC (1998)

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Directed by Roger Planchon

Starring Regis Royer, Elsa Zylberstein

Movie is about life of one of the most prominent representatives of post-impressionism in art, printmaking, illustration and caricature, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Lautrec, despite his noble origin, was a permanent inhabitant of the Montmartre brothels and painted its inhabitants, women of dubious professions and cabaret singers. He is often compared to Edgar Degas, who painted ballerinas and the official theater.

GOYA’S GHOSTS (2006)

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Directed by Miloš Forman

Starring Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem

The Inquisition throws the muse (Inés) of the famous portrait painter Francisco Goya into prison. In desperation, the painter asks for the help of his friend, the priest Lorenzo. Their relationship is undergoing severe testing, irreversibly changing the fate of all three of them.

VINCENT & THEO (1990)

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Directed by Robert Altman

Starring Tim Roth, Paul Rhys, Yves Dangerfield

Only one decade was measured for Van Gogh to paint, but during this time he painted about 800 paintings and went a path from an insecure beginner to a mature master, who was obsessed with his own art.

PIROSMANI (1969)

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Directed by Giorgi Shengelaia

Starring Avtandil Varazi

A biographical movie about the ingenious Georgian self-taught artist Niko Pirosmani (Pirosmanashvili), barely making ends while making signboards and dukhans. The primitivist artist painted on everything that came to hand: wax cloth, cardboards, boxes, glass. The film focuses on a Georgian charm, through which the plots of the artist’s paintings are recognized.

MODIGLIANI (2004)

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Directed by Mick Davis

Starring Andy Garcia, Pam Down

Movie is about life and work of Amedeo Modigliani. The action takes place in Paris in 1919 around the famous cafe Rotunda, where gathered the leading artists of that time, including the arch-rivals of Picasso and Modigliani. Modigliani seeks to earn fame and money, as well as the heart of his beloved Jeanne Hubertin. For the sake of this, he takes part in a contest against Picasso himself.

FRIDA (2002)

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Directed by Julie Taymor

Starring Salma Hayek

At age of 18, Frida had a serious accident. The injury she got tormented her all her life. The initial stage of her treatment in the hospital is shown as a dreadful frame-by-frame animation created by the Kai brothers. Father brought Frida canvas on which she has painted, lying in a hospital bed and not being able to move. Throughout the film, a scene starts as a painting, and then slowly dissolves into a live-action scene with actors. The film also shows Frida’s relationship with her husband, the artist Diego Rivera, and in particular her anger from his betrayals and her love for him, which continues despite everything.

SURVIVING PICASSO (1996)

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Directed by James Ivory

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Natascha McElhone

The movie is based on the book by Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington “Picasso: Creator and Destroyer.” Movie is about the artist’s other passion, love.

BOSCH, THE GARDEN OF DREAMS (1981)

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Directed by Nicholas Baum

The world of the outstanding representative of the Northern Renaissance, Jérôme Bosch, as well as his life, is shrouded in great secrecy and tangled by the remnants of a medieval worldview. The movie tries to find answers to many questions about life of the artist and his works.

THE MILL AND THE CROSS (2011)

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Directed by Lech Majewski

Starring Rutger Hauer and Charlotte Rampling

Movie “The Mill and the Cross” is a fantasy on the painting by Pieter Bruegel “The Way to Calvary”, painted by the artist in 1964. The movie unfolds the fate of all of the characters in the painting.

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