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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

Writer:

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 (75) »

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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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: Critique is so limiting and emotionally draining.
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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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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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