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Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

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A thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.

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Dan Gilroy

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Dan Gilroy
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At Sundance 2019, filmmaker Dan Gilroy and members of his Velvet Buzzsaw cast cut to the core of the Netflix thriller — and Gilroy's connection with star Rene Russo.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Morf Vandewalt
Rene Russo ... Rhodora Haze
Zawe Ashton ... Josephina
Tom Sturridge ... Jon Dondon
Toni Collette ... Gretchen
Natalia Dyer ... Coco
Daveed Diggs ... Damrish
John Malkovich ... Piers
Billy Magnussen ... Bryson
Alan Mandell Alan Mandell ... Dease
Mig Macario ... Cloudio
Nitya Vidyasagar ... Gita
Sedale Threatt Jr. ... Ed
Keith Bogart ... Husband at Art Basel Will Call
Sofia Toufa ... Wife at Art Basel Will Call
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A thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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From the writer and director of "Nightcrawler" See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Velvet Buzzsaw See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Netflix See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Dan Gilroy credits The Ring (2002) as one of his inspirations for making this film. See more »

Goofs

Where Jon Dondon (Tom Sturridge) is filing away the contents of Ray Ruskinspear's private investigative report on Vetril Dease in a filing cabinet, Jon brings out his phone. The iPhone screen display shows an incoming call, yet when Jon swipes over to answer, he instead is leaving a voicemail on Morf Vandewalt's (Jake Gyllenhaal) voicemail. See more »

Quotes

Voice: [Morf hearing voices] Undoubtedly one of the worst exhibits of contemporary art history. Piece for piece, it's the biggest waste of steel since the Titanic.
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Crazy Credits

During the first part of the credits, Piers is creating art in the sand. See more »

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Sleeping on My Own
Written by Geoffroy Sauve and Max-Antoine Gendron
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Courtesy of Bonsounds Records
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A lot of ideas. No real cohesion.
4 February 2019 | by jmalmstenSee all my reviews

It's a bit ironic, this film that wants to explore the vapid shallowness of the fine art world in a stylish horror movie setting... ends up inviting the very same criticisms that the finely dressed tastemakers in the film fling about.

Ok. Buzzwords aside. I did enjoy this film more than I disliked it. But in all earnestnest, it was by a hair. Knowing this came from the same guy who made the excellent psochological thriller Nightcrawler. This is like asketchbook of ideas for a giallo-inspired slasher. Each individually awesome. But there's no real throughline to keep us going. People pop up until they die gruesome deaths. It feels kind of slapped together haphazardly.

I expected more from Gilroy


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