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Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

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A satire 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

Writer:

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

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Trivia

Dan Gilroy was struck by the idea for Velvet Buzzsaw after having visited the Dia contemporary-art gallery in Beacon, New York, in 2017 and hours after came up with a rough plot. In an interview with Vanity Fair he described: "It was the Tuesday after Christmas, at about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, and no one was there. I was wandering around this huge, empty warehouse with all this rather disturbing contemporary art. And I wound up in the basement in a video installation with, like, dentist chairs and rats running around. And I just thought, 'Man, this would be a great place for a horror movie.' The idea that artists invest their souls in their work and it's more than a commodity--that has always interested me. I suddenly saw a way of incorporating it all, to explore how, when art and commerce are dangerously out of balance, bad things can happen. It clicked very quickly." 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

Josephina: Go fuck yourself and lose my number!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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Produced, Mixed, Written, and performed by Norbert Galouo and José Miguel Ortegon
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It had great potential but fell short
2 February 2019 | by jeffreycarephotographySee all my reviews

The idea in the film is fantastic but didn't seem to dive deep enough into the story and lacks impact. With most of the characters being pretenious, I was overwhelmed with the use of metaphores and foreshadowing, it became expected throughout the film but doesn't hold enough significance. An origin film on Dease would seem more interesting to me after watching this film.


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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 »

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1.85 : 1
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