Van Gogh (1991)
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What is it? Jeanne and Jean are a young couple in love, but after their fairy tale wedding the pair are brought before the local lord to make an offering. He forces himself on her instead before sharing her with his court, and when even her new husband turns his back on her she finds pained, messy comfort with a devil-sent imp who offers to help in exchange for her soul.
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First up, Variety's Scott Foundas on Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner:
"In perhaps the greatest of all movies about the lives of painters, Maurice Pialat’s Van Gogh, not a single Van Gogh painting was ever shown. Leigh doesn’t go quite as far in Mr. Turner, but his sensibility is largely the same, striving to capture the temperament of the man and his times rather than reducing them to a series of iconic images and eureka moments. Scenes of Turner scribbling in his sketchbook and slathering paint on canvas are used sparingly, and never without a clear purpose. Shooting in widescreen, the director and his regular d.p. Dick Pope
Starring: Gérard Séty, Jacques Dutronc, Bernard Le Coq
Running time: 158 minutes
Extras: Interviews, Trailers, Documentaries plus a full-colour booklet with exclusive content
Artists can be a temperamental lot, and biopics showcasing the tantalizing lives of the mad, bad and (sometimes) dangerous can be alluring to us mediocrities. Just think of l’enfant terrible of classical music, Mozart, in Amadeus (1984), Pollock’s eponymous sozzled painter (2000) and the quite frankly bonkers Marquis de Sade in Quills (2000). Artistry and histrionics seem to go hand in hand – in the movie world at least.
So you might expect a feature charting the final months of troubled artist Vincent van Gogh’s life to be, well…a bit dramatic. After all, he struggled with depression, possible schizophrenia and eventually killed himself aged 37 – plus we all know the story about the ear. Maurice Pialat picks things up when van Gogh heads to a
One of the most prickly mavericks of French cinema, Maurice Pialat (1925-2003) was a painter, documentary film-maker and occasional actor before making his feature debut in his mid-40s with L'enfance nue, an intense realistic film about a disturbed child being passed from family to family.
In 1987 Pialat famously waved his fist at a hostile Cannes audience when receiving the Palme d'Or for Under Satan's Sun (a complex Catholic movie from a novel by Georges Bernanos starring Gérard Depardieu in one of his several Pialat films). Norman Mailer was a member of the jury. Four years later Pialat flourished his fist again at the bourgeoisie in this lengthy, characteristically unromantic and unsentimental contribution to the centenary anniversary of Vincent van Gogh's death. It's a far cry in tone from the Vincente Minnelli-directed biopic Lust for Life, starring Kirk Douglas, released in France as La Vie
The film opens in 1890, with Vincent van Gogh (French rock star Jacques Dutronc) moving to the Auvers-sur-Oise. Sick, penniless and indebted to his brother, van Gogh stays in the local inn and is a frequent visitor of Dr. Gachet (Gerard Sety) whose spirited daughter Marguerite (Alexandrea London) becomes an object of his fascination. Realising his life is winding down,
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The 41-film sabbatical will make take you to popular and renowned destinations that include Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou (1965), Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour (1967), François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (1959), and Jean Renoir’s La Grande Illusion (1937).
We’ll even be making stops at more remote, recherché locations, such as Jean Eustache’s The Mother and the Whore (1973) and Jean-Pierre Melville’s Army of Shadows (1969).
Remember to pack lightly, re-schedule accordingly, and prepare for the ultimate staycation. Bon voyage!
La Grand Illusion (1937)
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Heralded as “one of the fifty best films in the history of cinema” by Time Out Film Guide, Jean Renoir
It's a strong list, with a lot of really good picks: I'd never seen the poster for Magnet's "Black Death" before, but man that is an awesome image. And their pick for the #1 Poster of 2011, "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" is certainly a very memorable one-sheet. But, to my surprise, none of my own personal favorite movie posters of 2011 made the cut. You know what that means: counter-list time!
Here, now, in ascending order, are my five favorite posters of 2011, most of which can be found and examined in much larger detail at IMPAwards.com. I'm sure you have your own favorites too; you
Séraphine de Senlis was a lowly French domestic who painted on the sly. She spent her coppers on brushes and oils and daubed primitive still lifes that caught the eye of a visiting art critic. And yet, if Martin Provost's engrossing biopic is to be believed, the artist was never cut out for a life of stardom. As played by Yolande Moreau, Séraphine looks positively monolithic – a round-shouldered, splay-footed creature of toil. But her mental state is precarious, propped up by familiar routines. Success unbalances her and she takes to wandering the streets, resplendent in a new, shop-bought wedding dress. Provost unearths this marginal figure to offer a poignant salute to a life on the fringes. This is a measured, soulful and tactile work; a
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