Art Imitates Art

Movies/Shows with depictions of the greats and not-so-greats from the world of art. Sometimes in straightforward biographical form, sometimes a bit more fictionalized. All-Time. Alphabetically.
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1.
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
“ Charlton Heston - Michelangelo ” - peterdi315
 
2.
American Splendor (2003)
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An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar. (101 mins.)
“ Paul Giamatti - Harvey Pekar ” - peterdi315
 
3.
Artemisia (1997)
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Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the story of her youth... (98 mins.)
Director: Agnès Merlet
“ Valentina Cervi - Artemisia Gentileschi ” - peterdi315
 
4.
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
“ Jeffrey Wright - Jean Michel Basquiat, David Bowie - Andy Warhol ” - peterdi315
 
5.
Camille Claudel (1988)
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Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin... (175 mins.)
Director: Bruno Nuytten
“ Isabelle Adjani _ Camille Claudel, Gerard Depardieu - Auguste Rodin ” - peterdi315
 
6.
Caravaggio (1986)
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A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld. (93 mins.)
Director: Derek Jarman
“ Nigel Terry - Caravaggio, Dexter Fletcher - Young Caravaggio, Noam Almaz - Boy Caravaggio ” - peterdi315
 
7.
Caravaggio (2007 TV Movie)
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The tumultuous and adventurous life of Michelangelo Merisi, controversial artist, called by Fate to become the immortal Caravaggio... (180 mins.)
Director: Angelo Longoni
“ Alessio Boni - Caravaggio ” - peterdi315
 
8.
Degas and the Dancer (1998 TV Movie)
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Searching for inspiration, impressionist Edgar Degas hires a struggling young ballerina to pose for him. However, their critical attitudes and equally stubborn opinions push both towards greater heights. Based on actual events. (56 mins.)
Director: David Devine
“ Thomas Jay Ryan - Edgar Degas, Allen Altman - Manet ” - peterdi315
 
9.
Edvard Munch (1974 TV Movie)
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Following a rough chronology from 1884 to 1894, when Norwegian artist Edvard Munch began expressionism... (210 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
“ Geir Westby - Edvard Munch (also Eric Alum - Edvard Munch-1869 and Amund Berge - Edvard Munch-1875) ” - peterdi315
 
10.
El Greco (1966)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Luciano Salce
“ Mel Ferrer - El Greco/Domenico Teotocopoulo ” - peterdi315
 
11.
El Greco (2007)
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The story of the uncompromising artist and fighter for freedom, Domenicos Theotokopoulos, known to the world as "El Greco". (119 mins.)
“ Nick Ashdon - El Greco ” - peterdi315
 
12.
Factory Girl (2006)
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Based on the rise and fall of socialite Edie Sedgwick, concentrating on her relationships with Andy Warhol and a folk singer. (90 mins.)
“ Guy Pearce - Andy Warhol ” - peterdi315
 
13.
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
“ Salma Hayak - Frida Kahlo, Alfred Molina - Diego Riviera ” - peterdi315
 
14.
Gauguin the Savage (1980 TV Movie)
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Based on the turbulent life of the temperamental French painter, Paul Gauguin, and his compulsive search for creative freedom which caused him to abandon his wife and five children in Paris for a life of contentement in Tahiti. (125 mins.)
Director: Fielder Cook
“ David Carradine - Paul Gauguin, Barrie Houghton - Vincent Van Gogh, Ian Richardson - Degas ” - peterdi315
 
15.
Georgia O'Keeffe (2009 TV Movie)
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Biopic of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. (89 mins.)
Director: Bob Balaban
“ Joan Allen - Georgia O'Keefe, Jeremy Irons - Alfred Stieglitz ” - peterdi315
 
16.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
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A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Webber
“ Colin Firth - Johannes Vermeer ” - peterdi315
 
17.
Goya in Bordeaux (1999)
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Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux... (100 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
“ Francisco Rabal - Goya ” - peterdi315
 
18.
Goya's Ghosts (2006)
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Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk. (113 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Stellan Skarsgard - Francisco Goya ” - peterdi315
 
19.
A Harlot's Progress (2006 TV Movie)
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Drama looking at artist William Hogarth and his relationship with the prostitute that inspired his most famous piece. (120 mins.)
Director: Justin Hardy
“ Toby Jones - William Hogarth ” - peterdi315
 
20.
Klimt (2006)
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A portrait of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, whose lavish, sexual paintings came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. (131 mins.)
Director: Raúl Ruiz
“ John Malkovich - Klimt, Nikolai Kinski - Egon Schiele ” - peterdi315
 
21.
Lautrec (1998)
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Life, passion, love...all these were part of Toulouse-Lautrec's art. His artistic development among the masters of the postimpressionism. (125 mins.)
Director: Roger Planchon
“ Regis Royer - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec ” - peterdi315
 
22.
Leonardo: A Dream of Flight (1998 TV Movie)
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Leonardo da Vinci finds it difficult to pursue his own dreams while serving as the Duke's court artist, but young Roberto takes risk to convince the master not to give up on his dreams.
Director: Allan King
“ Brent Carver - Leonard DaVinci ” - peterdi315
 
23.
The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci (1971 Mini-Series)
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(60 mins.)
“ Philippe Leroy - Leonardo da Vinci, Adult, Leonardo da Vinci at age 13, Leonardo da Vinci at age 5, Renzo Rossi - Sandro Botticelli, Bruno Cirino - Michelangelo ” - peterdi315
 
24.
Little Ashes (2008)
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About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Morrison
“ Robert Pattinson - Salvador Dali ” - peterdi315
 
25.
Lust for Life (1956)
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The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh. (122 mins.)
“ Kirk Douglas - Vincent Van Gogh, Anthony Quinn _ Paul Gauguin ” - peterdi315
 
26.
“ Jane Alexander - Georgia O'Keeffe, Christopher Plummer - Alfred Stieglitz, David Patrick Kelly - Ansel Adams ” - peterdi315
 
27.
Modigliani (2004)
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The story of Amedeo Modigliani's bitter rivalry with Pablo Picasso, and his tragic romance with Jeanne Hebuterne. (128 mins.)
Director: Mick Davis
“ Andy Garcia - Amedeo Modigliani, Omid Djalili - Pablo Picasso, Hippolyte Girardot - Maurice Utrillo, Udo Kier - Max Jacob, Peter Capaldi - Jean Cocteau, Dan Astileanu - Diego Rivera ” - peterdi315
 
28.
Modigliani of Montparnasse (1958)
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Biographic movie about the last year of the famous Italian painter Modigliani. Modigliani, a poor painter in Paris of 1919... (108 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
“ Gerard Philipe - Amedeo Modigliani ” - peterdi315
 
29.
Moulin Rouge (1952)
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Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. (119 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Jose Ferrer - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec ” - peterdi315
 
30.
My Left Foot (1989)
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Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ Daniel Day-Lewis - Christy Brown ” - peterdi315
 
31.
Oviri (1986)
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This biographical film, based on the life of French artist Paul Gauguin (Donald Sutherland), follows... (90 mins.)
Director: Henning Carlsen
“ Donald Sutherland - Paul Gauguin, Yves Barsacq - Edgar Degas ” - peterdi315
 
32.
Painted Fire (2002)
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In a time of political and social unrest in nineteenth-century Korea, an uncouth, self-taught painter explores his natural talent amidst the repressive world around him. (120 mins.)
Director: Kwon-taek Im
“ Min-sik Choi - Jang Seung-up ” - peterdi315
 
33.
Pollock (2000)
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A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock. (122 mins.)
Director: Ed Harris
“ Ed Harris - Jackson Pollock, Marcia Gay Harden - Lee Krasner ” - peterdi315
 
34.
A Season of Giants (1990 TV Movie)
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At the turn of the 15th century, Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo Da Vinci create their masterpieces while dealing with religious prosecution, political turmoil and discovery of America.
Director: Jerry London
“ Mark Frankel - Michelangelo, John Glover - Leonardo DaVinci, Andrea Prodan - Raphael ” - peterdi315
 
35.
Séraphine (2008)
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Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis. (125 mins.)
Director: Martin Provost
“ Yolande Moreau - Seraphine Louis, dite Seraphine de Senlis ” - peterdi315
 
36.
Surviving Picasso (1996)
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The passionate Merchant-Ivory drama tells the story of Francoise Gilot, the only lover of Pablo Picasso who was strong enough to withstand his ferocious cruelty and move on with her life. (125 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ Anthony Hopkins - Pablo Picasso ” - peterdi315
 
37.
Van Gogh (1991)
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The final sixty-seven days of Van Gogh's life is examined. (158 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
“ Jacques Dutronc - Vincent Van Gogh ” - peterdi315
 
38.
Vincent & Theo (1990)
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The familiar tragic story of Vincent van Gogh is broadened by focusing as well on his brother Theodore, who helped support Vincent. The movie also provides a nice view of the locations which Vincent painted. (138 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ Tim Roth - Vincent Van Gogh ” - peterdi315