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Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

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After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.

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Dan Gilroy

Writer:

Dan Gilroy
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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

After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.

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All art is dangerous. See more »


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R | 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

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Netflix See more »
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dan Gilroy, who calls himself "a contemporary-art aficionado who doesn't collect", went down a rabbit hole of research about the contemporary art world, working with multiple advisors during the course of process of writing and filming. 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

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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The Four Seasons: Spring (Allegro)
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Written by Antonio Vivaldi
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If you hurt art, art will hurt you back.
2 February 2019 | by SpookyliciousSee all my reviews

I dived in with an open and curious mind and I've been entertained and had a good time.

It's an eerie story regarding some art pieces that shouldn't have been taken. Whose the perfect victim for a cursed object that kills whoever profits by greed from it? Greedy profesionals from the "chic" art-gallery bussiness.

An artist pours their experience, soul, emotions and illusion into a piece, and when all that is just treated for the "chic" and "popular" value and exploited, without any apreciation on all that's behind, something's wrong.

We see that in different moments from artists that suffer the consequences of these greedy profesionals that don't care about the artist, just about that sweet dolla, and their own reputation and ego.

In a world driven by this kind of behaviour. It's the own art's responsability to put an end to them.

I can clearly see the message Dan Gilroy was transmitting and I loved it and applaud him for it as an artist myself. Thank you.

PD: I read some people saying that the characters don't feel true. And oh my sweet summer children, stay in that place of ignorance, because those kind of people really exist in the "chic" art-exhibit and fashion world. And they are as obnoxious (OR EVEN MORE) as the ones portrayed so well by this great cast of actors.


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