Best Films to Teach Introduction to Art History II: Renaissance through Modern Art

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Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance (2004 TV Series)
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(220 mins.)
 
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The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci (1971 Mini-Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
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The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
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The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II. (138 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
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Romeo and Juliet (1968)
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When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues. (138 mins.)
 
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Shakespeare in Love (1998)
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A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
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Martin Luther (1983 TV Series)
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(90 mins.)
 
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Simon Schama's Power of Art (2006 TV Series)
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In each episode historian Simon Schama treats, in his own erudite, unconventional and somewhat socially engaged style... (60 mins.)
 
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Amadeus (1984)
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The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
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Landmarks of Western Art: Romanticism (2003 Documentary)
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As the strict classical disciplines of the eighteenth century began to fade, two very different movements... (50 mins.)
 
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Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony (2013 Documentary)
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Documentary follows the impact of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on people's lives around the world. (78 mins.)
Director: Kerry Candaele
 
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Copying Beethoven (2006)
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A fictionalized account of the last year of Beethoven's life. (104 mins.)
 
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The Impressionists (2001 Documentary)
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Director: Bruce Alfred
 
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Vincent (1987)
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This documentary on the life of artist Vincent Van Gogh is told through his letters to his brother Theo from 1872 until his tragic death. We gain first hand insight into the man, his motivations and his humanity. (105 mins.)
Director: Paul Cox
 
15.
Lust for Life (1956)
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The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh. (122 mins.)
 
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Simon Schama's Power of Art (2006 TV Series)
Episode: Picasso (2006)
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Simon sketches how Pablo Picasso, the Andalusian (south Spanish) hedonistic king of Paris' bohemian painting scene... (60 mins.)
 
17.
Un Chien Andalou (1929 Short Film)
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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery. (16 mins.)
Director: Louis Bunuel
 
18.
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009)
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Paris 1913. Coco Chanel is infatuated with the rich and handsome Boy Capel, but she is also compelled by her work... (119 mins.)
Director: Jan Kounen
 
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Pollock (2000)
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A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock. (122 mins.)
Director: Ed Harris
 
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American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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Ric Burns unearths rarely seen footage and offers keen observations on the life and artistic influence of Andy Warhol. (90 mins.)
 
21.
Eat (1963)
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This art experiment by Andy Warhol captures the simple act of a man eating mushrooms. This one-man show... (45 mins.)
Director: Andy Warhol
 
22.
Empire (1964 Documentary)
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A single shot of the Empire State Building from early evening until nearly 3 am the next day. (485 mins.)
Director: Andy Warhol
 
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Basquiat (1996)
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Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Starting out as a street artist... (108 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
 
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Drawing the Line (2006 Documentary)
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In the Amazon over 45-million hectares of jungle, an area the size of California, have now been demarcated... (23 mins.)
 
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Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (2001 Documentary)
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Portrait of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist whose specialty is ephemeral sculptures made from elements of nature. (90 mins.)
 
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Matthew Barney: No Restraint (2006 Documentary)
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How does artist Matthew Barney use 45,000 pounds of petroleum jelly, a factory whaling vessel and traditional... (72 mins.)
Director: Alison Chernick
 
27.
The Cremaster Cycle: A Conversation with Matthew Barney (2004 Documentary)
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For his five Cremaster films Matthew Barney's created a multitude of sculptural forms and structures... (58 mins.)
 
28.
Richard Tuttle: Never Not an Artist (2005 Documentary)
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Richard Tuttle is an unconventional artist. Many of Tuttle's works are small pieces made of unusual materials... (32 mins.)
Director: Chris Maybach
 
29.
Frida (2002)
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A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. (123 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
 
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Black Swan (2010)
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A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)