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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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All art is dangerous. See more »


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

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Trivia

When asked how he came up with the names in the film, director Dan Gilroy states that his love for Charles Dickens's novels inspired him. Gilroy states to Thrillist, "Dickens was a master at using large casts and defining them in incredible ways, and one of the ways he did them was with names. It was slightly elevated, almost hyper-real names. I've always been interested in using names to flesh out a character." He goes on to state, "In this campy, kitschy satire of a world we were creating, I wanted names that were a little over the top. I do collect names. I have files of names. Morf Vandewalt is a name I came along a number of years ago in research." See more »

Goofs

When Jake Gyllenhaal is at the eye doctors, the settings of the phoropter head in front of his eyes makes no sense. Only eye doctors and optometrists would be able to notice this. See more »

Quotes

Josephina: I make you hard, huh?
Morf Vandewalt: You make me confused.
Josephina: Tough headspace for a critic.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Spit Earth: Who is Jordan Wolfson? (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Whatever It Takes
Written by Laurence Langan, Sarah Palmer and James Hayward
Performed by Fassine
Courtesy of Steel Synch
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Huh
1 February 2019 | by RendanlovellSee all my reviews

After Nightcrawler Dan Gilroy is a figure that I will permanently be interested in. Then came along Roman J Israel which was a frustrating experience. There was a lot of good in it but it seemed to relish being slow and unnecessarily wordy. Now we have Velvet Buzzsaw. A movie so plain, I had absolutely no response to. There is barely enough here to be upset about and nearly nothing to be wowed by. It's just so...bland. You'd think Jake gyllenhaal would be the main character but he isn't. In fact, no one is. It's Totally confused, strangely muddled, and tonally messy. It was almost as if the film was passing through my head as soon as it went in.


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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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Netflix See more »
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Dolby Atmos

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1.85 : 1
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