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Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

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A supernatural force sets out to exact revenge against art profiteers attempting to exploit a series of paintings by an unknown artist.

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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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Storyline

A supernatural force sets out to exact revenge against art profiteers attempting to exploit a series of paintings by an unknown artist.

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artist | satire | murder | death | gay | See All (73) »

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All art is dangerous. 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Kunst des toten Mannes 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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Trivia

Rene Russo's as well as Jake Gyllenhaal's characters were written by Dan Gilroy specifically with them as actors in mind. He described them to Vanity Fair as follows: "Jake plays Morf Vandewalt, who's a contemporary art critic. And his character is the protagonist who leads us through the film and he takes us deeper and deeper into a mystery that leads to a final shocking realization. Rene plays Rhodora Haze, who started in a punk band in the 70s and now runs the biggest contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles. She was a musician who turned her back away from art to making money and she's been very good at it." See more »

Goofs

Several characters are seen smoking in the galleries. This is a major breach of etiquette in the art world and likely against laws regarding smoking in public (filmed in Miami, there is a Florida statute banning public smoking). See more »

Quotes

Morf Vandewalt: The admiration I had for your work has completely evaporated.
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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
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Critique is so limiting and emotionally draining!
1 February 2019 | by BestBenediktSee all my reviews

Dan Gilroy reunites with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo for his new Netflix cooperation VELVET BUZZSAW.

What saves this film, is the lead performance by Gyllenhaal, who plays art critic Morf Vandewalt and provides for lots of great quotes that had me grinning throughout the movie. In contrast to NIGHTCRAWLER's Louis Bloom though, his character here is written as a more naive and less calculating person.

Gilroy's new film definitely lacks the punch of NIGHTCRAWLER. While especially in the first half of the movie the execution of its core premise, exposing the hypocrisy of the artistic elite, ironically turns out to be mostly superficial, Gilroy basically plays with standard horror tropes in the second half. "No originality, no courage", Vandewalt would probably judge. Last year's THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT definitely had way more to say in that regard.

VELVET BUZZSAW is still a somewhat entertaining film from start to finish, even if it obviously struggles with its narrative at times and didn't turn out to be the masterpiece that NIGHTCRAWLER was.


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