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"Art Goes to the Movies" [Special section]. ARTnews v. 105 no. 11 (December 2006) p. 112-23
Dixon, S. "Picture perfect: artist stereotypes in film." Art Papers v. 22 no. 6 (November/December 1998) p. 32-3UC users only
Felleman, Susan. Art in the cinematic imagination Austin : University of Texas Press, 2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.A73 F46 2006)
Collings, Matthew. "From Raging Bulls to Miserable Drips." Modern Painters, Nov2009, Vol. 21 Issue 8, p24-26, 3p UC users only
Felleman, Susan. "Dirty Pictures, Mud Lust, and Abject Desire." Film Quarterly; Fall2001, Vol. 55 Issue 1, p27, 14p UC users only
Fulford, R. "Portrait of the artist as explosive device." [artists in some recent and not-so-recent films]. Canadian Art v. 14 (Spring 1997) p. 54-9
McFarlane, Brian. "Portraits in celluloid." Meanjin, March-June 2005 v64 i1-2 p28(8) UC users only
Robards, Brooks. "Reel Art: Excursions into the Biopic, Mystery/Suspense, Melodrama and Movies in the Eighties." In: Beyond the stars: Vol. 3: The material world in American popular film / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green University Popular Press, c1990- (Main Stack PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990; Moffitt PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990)

Artist A fast-paced journey through Hollywood's depiction of the artist. Using a wealth of clips from classic cinema bio pics and popular television sitcoms, the voyage spans centuries of art and art-making to reveal how five decades of mainstream media have perceived the creative process and creators themselves. A video collaboration between Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg. 1999. 10 min.
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Age of Consent (Australia, 1969)
Directed by Michael Powell. Cast: James Mason, Helen Mirren, Jack MacGowran. Based on the life of controversial Australian artist Norman Lindsay. Lindsay is a jaded painter who heads Down Under looking for a way to revitalize his creative soul. His self-imposed exile is interrupted by Cora, an uninhibited young woman on her own journey of self-discovery. Based on the novel by Norman Lindsay. Special features: Director Martin Scorsese on Age of consent; commentary with historian Kent Jones; making Age of consent; Helen Mirren: a conversation with Cora; Down Under with Ron and Valerie Taylor. 106 min. DVD X1382
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The Agony and the Ecstasy(1965)
Directed by Carol Reed. Cast: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, Harry Andrews, Alberto Lupo, Adolfo Celi. When Pope Julius II (Harrison) commissions Michelangelo (Heston) to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the artist initially refuses. Virtually forced to do the job by Julius, he later destroys his own work and flees Rome. Eventually Michelangelo returns to the task in this drama revealing the battle of wills behind one of the world's artistic masterpieces. Based on the novel of the same title by Irving Stone. 139 min. DVD X3094
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American in Paris (1951)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, Nina Foch. Music by George Gershwin: lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Winner of 8 academy awards. A musical based on George Gershwin's popular songs about an ex-American G.I. artist in Paris after the war who becomes involved in a love triangle, between his sponsor, best friend and a lovely young girl. 102 min. DVD 1432; vhs 999:26
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Dalle-Vacche, Angela "A Painter in Hollywood: Vincente Minnelli's "An American in Paris"." Cinema Journal Vol. 32, No. 1, Autumn, 1992 UC users only

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American Splendor(2003)
Directed by Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman. Cast: Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis, Judah Friedlander, James Urbaniak, Earl Billings, James McCaffrey, Maggie Moore, Vivienne Benesch. Pekar is a frustrated file clerk working at the local V.A. Hospital. He is also a comic book fan who befriends the young illustrator Robert Crumb and is soon inspired to create comic books based on his own life. Along his bumpy journey he meets, marries and falls in love with Joyce, an admiring comic book seller. 101 min. DVD 2333
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Andrei Rublev (Andrey Rublyov) (Soviet Union, 1966)
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Cast: Anatoly Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Grinko. Story of the famed 15th century icon painter who survives the cruelties of medieval Russia to create works of art. DVD 336; VHS 999:865:1&2
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Art School Confidential(2006)
Directed by Terry Zwigoff. Cast: Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, Matt Keeslar, Ethan Suplee, Joel David Moore, Anjelica Huston, Adam Scott, Marshall Bell, Jack Ong. Jerome goes to art school in the hopes of having his genuine ability recognized. Instead he finds that his teachers are self-obsessed has-beens and his peers are jaded and floundering. To make matters worse, Jerome finds himself being investigated for a series of gruesome stranglings. He becomes obsessed with a lovely student named Audrey, but she is more interested in the hunky Jonah, whose crude yet acclaimed paintings of cars and tanks disgust Jerome. 102 min. DVD 6468
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Clowes, Daniel. Art school confidential : a screenplay / by Daniel Clowes. Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, c2006. (NRLF (UCB) PN1997.A7655 C58 2006)
Hampton, Howard. "Sweet & Lowdown: The misanthropic yet tender comic universe of Terry Zwigoff." Film Comment, Mar/Apr2006, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p30-32, 3p UC users only

Artemisia (France / Germany / Italy, 1997)
Directed by Agnes Merlet. Cast: Michel Serrault, Valentina Cervi, Miki Manojlovic, Brigitte Catillon, Maurice Garrel, Emmanuelle Devos. Tells the provocative true story of the beautiful and talented daughter of one of Italy's greatest painters. When Artemisia Gentileschi is forbidden to fully pursue her own passion of painting, she convinces a renowned artist to tutor her. He not only liberates her into the world of art but initiates her into the world of sex and love. 96 min. DVD 6109
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Benedetti, Laura. "Reconstructing Artemisia: Twentieth-Century Images of a Woman Artist." Comparative Literature, Winter99, Vol. 51 Issue 1, p42, 20p UC users only
Charbonnier, J. M. "Identifications d'une femme: Artemisia Gentileschi." [profile of the 17th century artist and film by Agnes Merlet]. Beaux Arts Magazine no. 160 (September 1997) p. 82-7
Felleman, Susan. "Dirty Pictures, Mud Lust, and Abject Desire: Myths of Origin and the Cinematic Object." Film Quarterly 55:1 (Fall 2001) p. 27-40 UC users only
Garrard, M. D. "Artemisia's trial by cinema." [film about A. Gentileschi]. Art in America v. 86 no. 10 (October 1998) p. 65+
Lent, Tina Olsin. "'My heart belongs to daddy': the fictionalization of Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi in contemporary film and novels." Literature-Film Quarterly 34.3 (July 2006): 212(7).UC users only
Vidal, B. "Feminist Historiographies and the Woman Artist's Biopic: The Case of Artemisia." Screen, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 69-90, Spring 2007 UC users only

Basquiat. (1996)
Directed by Julian Schnabel. Cast: Jeffrey Wright, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Michael Wincott, Benico Del Toro, Claire Forlani, Courtney Love, Parker Posey. Based on the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a young American unknown graffiti artist who lived on the streets of New York City in a cardboard box. Jean-Michel was "discovered" by Andy Warhol's art world and became a star. But his success came at a high price, and Basquiat paid with friendship, love, drugs and, eventually, his life. c1997. 106 min. DVD 5506
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Julian Schnabel (Indepependent View) - interview about the making of this film. Video/C MM100

Adams, Brooks. "Basquiat." Art in America 84.n9 (Sept 1996): 39(2).
Bruzzi, Stella. "Basquiat." Sight and Sound 7.n4 (April 1997): 35(2). UC users only
Rimanelli, David. "The moon and six million." Artforum International 35.n1 (Sept 1996): 19(2).

The Beautiful Troublemaker (La Belle Noiseuse) (France, 1990)
Directed by Jacques Rivette. Cast: Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, Emmanuelle Beart. Piccoli stars as a famous artist who has suffered painter's block since abandoning his masterpiece, a painting of his wife Liz, entitled `La Belle Noiseuse'. Disturbing tensions develop when a young artist and his girlfriend, visiting him in his South of France retreat, inspire him to return to the canvas, using the girl as his new model. 229 min. DVD 5522; DVD 4585 (PAL, without subtitles)
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Bluebeard (1944)
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: John Carradine, Jean Parker, Nils Asther, Ludwig Stossel. An artist in 19th century Paris strangles his models when they fail to meet his exacting standards of perfection. Lucille, his new model, learns of his shocking secret and bravely vows to bring him to justice. 73 min. DVD X3965
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Bucket of Blood (1959)
Directed by Roger Corman. Cast: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Anthony Carbone, Julian Burton. Walter Paisley, a strange little busboy at a beatnik coffeehouse, seeks love and acceptance from the poets and artists he serves by becoming a "sculptor". When his more than life-like creations are declared masterpieces, fame and fortune follow until the horrible truth behind his work is revealed. 66 min. DVD 317
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Cachimba (Chile | Argentina | Spain, 2004)
Directed by Silvio Caiozzi. Cast: Pablo Schwarz, Mariana Loyola, Julio Jung, Patricio Contreras, Tomás Vidiella, Paulina García, Jesús Guzmán. A dark satire, Cachimba recounts the most memorable moment in the life of a hapless accountaint, Marcos, who comes upon an antiquated townhouse carrying quite possibly the most masterful undiscovered painter his county ever produced. Such serendipity fuels Marcos on a war against corruption and bureaucracy to uphold the standing of this nearly forgotten master. Although our quixotic hero is against powerful odds, the battle imbues him with a purpose never before felt, and it shows -- with his work, with his relations, and most importantly with the love of his life, the hefty yet naive Hildad. Co-workers, bosses, etc., all may turn against Marcos, but through his passion a national museum and lifelong love shall endure. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 127 min. DVD X3640
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Camille Claudel (France, 1989)
Directed by Bruno Nuytten. Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Gerard Depardieu, Madeleine Robinson, Laurent Grevill, Philippe Clevenot. A historically accurate depiction of one of the most important collaborations in the history of art, that of legendary sculptor Rodin, and the creative prodigy Camille Claudel. 149 min. DVD 518; VHS 999:1154
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Caravaggio. (UK, 1986)
Directed by Derek Jarman. Cast: Nigel Terry, Sean Bean, Garry Cooper, Dexter Fletcher, Spencer Leigh, Tilda Swinton, Nigel Davenport, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gough. A film based on the life and art of Caravaggio, the greatest Italian post-Renaissance painter. Caravaggio was the 'enfant terrible' of Italian Art and his short life, marked with extremes of passion and moral and artistic radicalism, ended violently. 97 min. DVD X59; 999:2139
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Carrington (UK | France, 1995)
Directed by Christopher Hampton. Cast: Emma Thompson, Jonathan Pryce, Steven Waddington, Rufus Sewell, Samuel West, Penelope Wilton. A dramatization of the life of Dora Carrington, the Victorian Era painter whose passionate life created one of England's greatest scandals. Unable to possess the one man she loves, Lytton Strachey, Carrington embarks on a long string of loveless sexual encounters. Based on the book "Lytton Strachey" by Michael Holroyd. 122 min. DVD X2539
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Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize

Macnab, Geoffrey. "Carrington" Sight & Sound, September 1995, Vol. 5, p46-47, 2p UC users only
Monk, Claire. "Sexuality and the heritage." Sight & Sound; October 1995, Vol. 5, p32-34, 3p UC users only
Mott, George. "Carrington" Psychoanalytic Review, 1996, Vol. 83 Issue 3, p447-450, 4p UC users only

Crack-up (1946)
Directed by Irving Reis. Cast: Pat O'Brien, Claire Trevor, Herbert Marshall, Ray Collins, Wallace Ford, Dean Harens, Damian O'Flynn, Erskine Sanford, Mary Ware. After a train wreck sends art critic George Steele into a mental tailspin, he's fired from his job at a New York art museum. Seems unjust, until you learn there was no train wreck. This relentless, nervy film noir explores the sinister world of violence and the monied world of aesthetics as Steele's attempt to reconstruct what really happened leads him to murder, mania and an international conspiracy that threatens the museum's masterpieces. Suggested by a short story 'Madman's holiday' by Fredric Brown 94 min. DVD X5685; vhs 999:3748
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Telotte, J. P. "Self-portrait: Painting and the Film Noir." Smithsonian Studies in American Art; 1989, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p3-17, 15p UC users only

Cupid's Rival (1917)
Charlie Chaplin impersonator Billy West is a porter at a hotel who brings his boss, a successful painter, breakfast. Across the hall, another painter-a struggling one-is barely living on enough to eat. That painter is played by Babe Hardy who would later go professionally by his real name of Oliver Hardy of the Laurel and Hardy comedy team. 28 min. DVD X427
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Dirty Pictures.(2000)
Directed by Frank Pierson. Cast: James Woods, Craig T. Nelson, Diana Scarwid, Leon Pownall, Judah Katz. Commentary: William F. Buckley, Barney Frank, Salman Rushdie, Fran Lebowitz, Susan Sarandon. Based on true events, tells the story of Cincinnati museum director Dennis Barrie, who went on trial in 1990 to protect the right of freedom of expression. Interspersed within the film's narrative, are interviews with cultural figures who address the censorship issue. A number of the actual Robert Mapplethorpe photographs that were at the heart of the controversy were used in the production. 104 min. DVD 2292
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A Dog Called Pain (The Artist and His Model) (Un perro llamado Dolor (el artista y su modelo))(Spain, 2001)
Directed by Luis Eduardo Aute. Animated feature. In this animated thinkpiece Frida Kahlo's dog, Dolor, is the conductive thread for a series of black-and-white animated portraits that explore the relationships between several eccentric artists and their models. 90 min. DVD X6966
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Double Wedding (1937)
Directed by Richard Thorpe. Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Florence Rice, John Beal, Jessie Ralph, Edgar Kennedy. A bohemian painter butts heads with his girlfriend's sister, before they admit their feelings for each other. Special features: Musical short "Dancing on the ceiling"; classic cartoon "The hound and the rabbit"; theatrical trailer. 72 min. DVD 1367
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Downtown 81 (2000)
Directed by Edo Bertoglio. Cast: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Deborah Harry, Kid Creole, Tuxedomoon, James White, Saul Williams, Walter Steding, Anna Schroeder, John Lurie, DNA, The Plastics. A portrait of the explosive early-80's Manhattan art and music scene with the main focus on the provocative 19-year-old artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, already known for his excursions into street graffiti art and pioneering electro-beat. The film focuses on a day in the life of Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets carrying a painting he hopes to sell, encountering friends, who are on the cutting edge of new wave music, new painting, hip hop and graffiti. 72 min. DVD 1367
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Julian Schnabel (Indepependent View) - interview about the making of this film. Video/C MM100

Johnston, Christopher F. "'Screening' the Sexuality of Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Artist in Two Films Popular Culture Review, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 73-84, Winter 2007

The Dragon Painter (1919)
Director, William Worthington. Cast: Sessue Hayakawa, Tsuru Aoki, Edward Peil, Toyo Fujita. Hayakawa plays Tatsu, a wild youth living in the mountain forests of Japan, spending all his time painting. Although Tatsu creates beautiful art, local villagers believe that he is insane, as he claims that he has a beloved princess fiancée who has been turned into a dragon. When an renowned-but-aging artist hears of the young hermit's talent, Tatsu is brought to civilization with the hope that he will both become the student of the old artist and marry the elderly man's daughter to continue the family lineage and traditions. 53 min. DVD 9553
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The Draughtsman's Contract (1983)
Director, Peter Greenaway. Cast: Anthony Higgins, Janet Suzman, Anne Louise Lambert, Neil Cunningham, Hugh Fraser. An English noblewoman hires a young draughtsman to create twelve drawings of her estate in return for twelve sexual favors. This simple arrangement soon spirals out of control and the draughtsman finds himself as the prime suspect in a bizarre murder mystery. 104 min. DVD 5927
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Dreams (Kon-na yume o mita) (1990)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Eight episodes shimmering with rich imagery and insight which explore the costs of war, the perils of nuclear power and especially mankind's need to harmonize with nature. Includes a segment with Martin Scorsese as Vincent van Gogh. 120 min. DVD 1696; vhs 999:1138
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Edvard Munch (Sweden / Norway, 1976)
Directed by Peter Watkins. Cast: Geir Westby, Gros Fraas, Eric Allum, Amund Berge. A dramatic presentation of the life of Norwegian expressionist painter Edvard Munch and the effect his upbringing in Norway had on his work and whose raw, modern work The Scream shocked the bourgeois world. Mixing fact and fiction, all of the dialogue attributed to Munch in the film is taken from his diaries. 174 min. DVD X1197; also DVD 5155
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Everlasting Moments (Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick) (Sweden | Denmark | Norway | Finland | Germany, 2008)
Directed by Jan Troell. Cast: Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt, Jesper Christensen, Callin Öhrvall, Ghita Nørby, Emil Jensen. Though poor and abused by her alcoholic husband, Maria Larsson wins a camera in a lottery and finds an outlet in photography, which opens up her world for the first time. Based on a story by Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell. Bonus features: "Troell behind the camera", "The true story of Maria Larsson", "Troel's magic mirror" theatrical trailer. 131 min. DVD X3843
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Factory Girl. (2006)
Directed by George Hickenlooper. Cast: Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Hayden Christensen, Jimmy Fallon, Jack Huston, Armin Amiri, Tara Summers, Mena Suvari, Shawn Hatosy, Beth Grant, James Naughton, Edward Herrmann, Illeana Douglas, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Novello. Edie Sedgwick, a beautiful, wealthy young party girl, drops out of Radcliffe in 1965 and heads to New York to become Holly Golightly. When she meets a hungry young artist named Andy Warhol, he promises to make her the star she always wanted to be. And like a super nova she explodes on the New York scene only to find herself slowly losing her grip on reality. 83 min. DVD 8075
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Noh, David. "Factory Girl" Film Journal International, Apr2007, Vol. 110 Issue 4, p125-126, 2p UC users only
Williams, Linda Ruth. "Factory Girl" Sight & Sound, April 2007, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p57-58, 2p UC users only
Silberg, Jon. "Warhol’s 'It Girl'." American Cinematographer, January 2007, Vol. 88 Issue 1, p24-30, 4p UC users only

Frida (USA / Canada / Mexico, 2002)
Directed by Julie Taymor. Cast: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Valeria Golino, Mia Maestro, Roger Rees, Diego Luna, Geoffrey Rush, Ashley Judd, Antonio Banderas. A dramatization of the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, from her humble upbringing to the worldwide fame and controversy that surrounded both her and her husband, Diego Rivera. Special features: Disc 1: Feature film with commentary by director Julie Taymor; selected scenes commentary with composer Elliot Goldenthal; a conversation with Salma Hayek -- Disc 2: American Film Institute Q&A with director Julie Taymor; Bill Moyers interview with Julie Taymor; Chavela Vargas interview; the voice of Lila Downs; the vision of Frida: with Rodrigo Prieto and Julie Taymor; the design of "Frida": with Felipe Fernandez; the music of "Frida": with Elliot Goldenthal and Salma Hayek; Salma Hayek's recording session; bringing Frida Kahlo's life and art to film: a walk through real locations; portrait of an artist; "Amobea Proteus" visual FX; "The Brothers Quay" visual FX; Frida Kahlo facts. 122 min. DVD 1712
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Bartra, Eli, and John Mraz. "Las Dos Fridas: History and transcultural identities." Rethinking History 9.4 (Dec 2005): 449-457. UC users only
Clifford, Katie. "Featuring Frida: a long-anticipated film about Frida Kahlo vividly portrays the tumultuous life of the posthumously acclaimed Mexican painter. (Film)." Art in America 90.12 (Dec 2002): 61(1).
Fein, Seth. "Fridi/Frida, naturaleza viva." American Historical Review; Oct2003, Vol. 108 Issue 4, p1261-1263, 3p UC users only
Guzman, Isabel Molina. "Mediating Frida: Negotiating discourses of Latino/o authenticity in global media representations of ethnic identity." Critical Studies in Media Communication 23.3 (August 2006): 232(20).
Lent, Tina Olsin. "Life as Art/Art as Life: Dramatizing the Life and Work of Frida Kahlo." Journal of Popular Film & Television. 2007. Vol. 35, Iss. 2; p. 68 (9 pages) UC users only
West, Joan M "Frida." Cineaste, 28:2 (Spring 2003) p. 39-41 UC users only

Frida, naturaleza viva. (Mexico, 1984)
Directed by Paul Leduc. Cast: Ofelia Medina, Juan Jose Gurrola, Salvador Sanchez, Max Kerlow, Claudio Brook. On her deathbed, the artist Frida Kahlo recalls her life as a painter and reflects on the effects of her illnesses and injuries and on her relationships with Leon Trotsky, husband Diego Rivera, and others. 1989. 108 min. Video/C 2944
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Fein, Seth. "Fridi/Frida, naturaleza viva." American Historical Review; Oct2003, Vol. 108 Issue 4, p1261-1263, 3p UC users only
Lynd, Juliet. Art and Politics in Paul Leduc's Frida: Naturaleza viva. RLA: Romance Languages Annual. 10 (2): 696-702. 1998.

Fur, An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)
Directed by Steven Shainberg. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey, Jr., Ty Burrell, Harris Yulin, Jane Alexander, Emmy Clarke, Geneiveve McCarthy, Boris McGiver, Marceline Hugot, Mary Duffy. An imaginary portrait of famed photographer Diane Arbus. Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus falls in with Lionel Sweeney. Sweeney is an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century. Diane's strange, new world unlocks her deepest secrets, awakens her remarkable artistic genius, and launches her path to becoming the artist she is meant to be. Based on the book "Diane Arbus" by Patricia Bosworth [MAIN: TR140.A73 B671 1984; ENVI: TR140.A73 B67 1985]. 120 min. DVD 7848
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Edelstein, David. "Hairy Situation." New York, November 13 2006, Vol. 39 Issue 40, p83-84, 2p
Fierberg, Andrew. "Steven Shainberg." Bomb; Fall 2006, Issue 97, p34-39, 6p
Mullen, Lisa. "Fur." Sight & Sound, April 2007, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p62-62, 1p
Schambelan, Elizabeth. "Minding the Gap." Artforum International, November 2006, Vol. 45 Issue 3, p73-76, 2p

Girl with a Pearl Earring (UK / Luxembourg, 2003)
Directed by Peter Webber. Cast: Colin Firth, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson, Judy Parfitt, Cillian Murphy, Essie Davis, Joanna Scanlan, Alakina Mann. In Delft, Holland in 1665 seventeen-year-old Griet becomes a maid in the house of Johannes Vermeer, where she gradually attracts the master painter's attention. Johannes and Griet must hide their inspiration of each other from his volatile wife, Catharina. The wealthy and trouble-making Master van Ruijven senses the intimacy between the artist and his maid, and contrives a commission for Vermeer to paint Griet alone. The result will be one of the greatest paintings ever created, but at what cost? Based on the novel: Girl with a pearl earring by Tracy Chevalier [MAIN: PS3553.H4367 G57 1999]. 100 min. DVD X52
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Fattal, Laura Felleman. "The Search for Narrative." Journal of Aesthetic Education, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 107-15, 2004 Fall UC users only
Jays, David. "Girl with a Pearl Earring" Sight & Sound, February 2004, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p47-47, 1p UC users only
Safit, Ilan. "Animating Vision: Visual Adaptation in Girl with a Pearl Earring." Comparatist, May2006, Vol. 30, p52-67, 16p UC users only

Goya in Bordeaux (Spain / Italy, 1999)
Directed by Carlos Saura. Cast: Francisco Rabal, Jose Coronado, Maribel Verdu, Eulalia Ramon. In Bordeaux, France, in the early 1800's, Goya suffers from strange visions and nightmares. Goya reflects on his tumultuous career, a love affair with the beautiful Duchess of Alba and the evil crusade of Napoleon's French army. 121 min. DVD 563
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Goya's Ghost (USA / Spain, 1999)
Directed by Milos Forman. Cast: Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Randy Quaid, Jose Luis Gomez, Michael Lonsdale. Told through the eyes of celebrated Spanish painter Francisco Goya. Set against political turmoil at the end of the Spanish Inquisition and start of the invasion of Spain by Napoleon's army. Captures the essence and beauty of Goya's work which is best known for both the colorful depictions of the royal court and its people, and his grim depictions of the brutality of war and life in 18th century Spain. When Goya's beautiful muse is accused of being a heretic, the renowned painter must convince his old friend Lorenzo, a power-hungry monk and leader of the Spanish Inquisition, to spare her life. 114 min. DVD 9478
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Macnab, Geoffrey. "Goya's Ghost" Sight & Sound, June 2007, Vol. 17 Issue 6, p58-60, 2p
Oppenheimer, Jean. "Immortalizing Spanish Strife." American Cinematographer, August 2007, Vol. 88 Issue 8, p22-26, 3p
Plagens, Peter. "Biopics Mix Shticks, Kitsch." ARTnews; Dec2006, Vol. 105 Issue 11, p118-121, 4p
Singer, Mark. "Ghostly." New Yorker, 7/23/2007, Vol. 83 Issue 20, p22-23, 2p

La hora de los valientes (A Time for Defiance) (Spain, 1998)
Directed by Antonio Mercero. Cast: Gabino Diego, Leonor Watling, Adriana Ozores. A security guard at the Prado Museum saves an abandoned Goya masterpiece during an air raid in the Spanish Civil War. In the meantime he meets Carmen and falls madly in love. With her help he tries to save the painting, even though it may be detrimental to his family's survival. 120 min. DVD X6455
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The Horses's Mouth (UK, 1958)
Directed by Ronald Neame. Cast: Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, Renee Houston, Mike Morgan, Robert Coote. In this perceptive examination of the struggle for artistic creation, an eccentric artist will stop at nothing to get money. His comic odyssey takes him from prison to the Tate Museum and finally off to parts unknown. 95 min. DVD 3608
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Rolinson, Dave. "'If they want culture, they pay': consumerism and alienation in 1950s comedies." In: British cinema of the 1950s : a celebration / edited by Ian MacKillop and Neil Sinyard. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York, NY, USA : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G7 M263 2003)

Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen)(Sweden, 1968)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Max Von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Gertrud Fridh, Georg Rydeberg, Erland Josephson. The nature of artistic creation and the relationship of artist and society is explored through the theme of the Hour of the wolf. The ancient Romans believed that during this hour, just before dawn and the coming of light, nightmare came to life. 88 min. DVD 2590; vhs 999:726
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House of Pleasure (Le Plaisir) (France, 1951)
Director, Max Ophuls. Cast: Claude Dauphin, Gaby Morlay, Madeleine Renaud, Danielle Darrieux, Ginette Leclerc, Jean Gabin, Pierre Brasseur, Simone Simon, Daniel Gelin, Jean Servais, Jean Galland. Three stories by Guy de Maupassant are adapted to the screen: "The Mask", the story of a man at a masked ball who pursues his youth; "The Model", a story of a painter and the model that he pursues to tragedy; and "The House of Madame Tellier", in which a madame and her five ladies attend her niece's first communion. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. 93 min. DVD 6372
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House of Wax (1953)
Directed by Vincent Prince. Cast: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni, Roy Roberts, Angela Clarke, Paul Cavanagh, Dabbs Greer, Charles Buchinsky, Reggie Rymal. Jarrod, an acclaimed wax sculptor goes from slightly wacko to completely deranged when he loses both his art showcase and the use of his hands in an arsonist's inferno. The flame scarred Jarrod rebuilds his house of wax by dipping his victims in wax! Both critics and the public praise his new works. But a lone voice cries murder when heroine Sue Allen discovers a wax figure with an uncanny resemblance to her missing friend. As she sets out to prove his guilt, she hardly knows the horrors that await her. 88 min. DVD 3925; vhs 999:1114
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I Shot Andy Warhol. (1996)
Directed by Mary Harron. Cast: Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Stephen Dorff, Lothaire Bluteau, Martha Plimpton, Anna Thompson. A docudrama of the cultural whirlwind of events surrounding Valerie Solanas' shooting of pop-art superstar Andy Warhol. Solanis arrived in mid- 60's New York City with a single-minded mission: to spread the word on female superiority. She became a fringe member of the psychedelic entourage surrounding Andy Warhol but when her feminist zeal grew too bizarre and violent, even for this avant-garde circle, the consequences were explosive. 104 min. DVD 8552; vhs 999:1600
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Harron, Mary. I shot Andy Warhol / Mary Harron and Daniel Minahan. New York : Grove Press, c1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .I19 1996)

Klimt (Austria / France / Germany / UK, 2006)
Directed by Raoul Ruiz. Cast: John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, Stephen Dillane, Saffron Burrows, Nikolai Kinski, Sandra Ceccarelli. A biographical fantasy on the life of Gustav Klimt, whose paintings, like his life, were full of intensity, passion, and controversy. On his death bed, Klimt recalls the decadence of his past, traveling back in time to the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris, where he is introduced to a mysterious dancer who emerges as his muse and the personification of his own erotic ideals. 97 min. DVD 9489
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Macnab, Geoffrey. "Gold leaf and shadow-play" Sight & Sound, September 2006, Vol. 16 Issue 9, p30-34, 5p UC users only

Life Lessons (New York Stories)(1989)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Nick Nolte, Rosanna Arquette. The bittersweet tale of an aging Abstract Expressionist painter whose young live-in girlfriend and artistic protogé decides to leave him just as he's preparing for an important gallery opening. Tired of living in the shadow of her famous lover and disappointed in her own lack of artistic talent, the girl torments him with tantrums and brazen acts of infidelity as the painter furiously attempts to fill his canvases in time for his show. DVD 2714
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Felleman, Susan. "Dirty Pictures, Mud Lust, and Abject Desire: Myths of Origin and the Cinematic Object." Film Quarterly 55:1 (Fall 2001) p. 27-40 UC users only

Love is the Devil: A Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (UK / France / Japan, 1998)
Directed by John Maybury. Cast: Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton, Anne Lambton, Adrian Scarborough. A searing biographical dramatization of the life of painter Francis Bacon, critically acclaimed as the outstanding British painter of the latter half of the 20th century. This is "one of the nastiest and most truthful portraits of the artist-as-monster ever filmed." 88 min. DVD 2432
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Ishii-Gonzales, Sam. "Beyond the Pale: Francis Bacon and the Limits of Portraiture." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies; 2000, Vol. 6 Issue 4, p631, 9p UC users only
Jones, K. Love is the devil. Film Comment v. 34 no. 5 (September/October 1998) p. 79
Lane, Anthony. "Love is the Devil." New Yorker, October 12 1998, Vol. 74 Issue 31, p82-84, 3p
Macnab, Geoffrey. "Bohemian Rhapsody." Sight and Sound, vol. 7, no. 7, pp. 18-20, July 1997 UC users only
Maybury, John. "Love is the Devil." Tate Etc., Autumn 2008, Issue 14, p66-67, 2p UC users only
O'Pray, Michael. "Love is the Devil." Sight and Sound 8:9 (September 1998) UC users only
Shone, Richard. "It ain't the meat." Artforum International 37.n1 (Sept 1998): 136(3).
Stuart, Jan. "Portrait of the Artist as a Cruel Man." Advocate, 10/13/98, Issue 770, p79, 5p UC users only
Taggart, John. "Love is the Devil." International Journal of Psychotherapy, Mar99, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p102, 2p UC users only

Lust for Life (1956)
Directed by Vincente Minelli; George Cukor (co-director) (uncredited). Cast: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown, Everett Sloane. A film adaptation on the life of the Dutch painter,Vincent Van Gogh. Though financed and encouraged by his brother, Theo, and spurred on by the excitement of late 19th century Paris and a stormy relationship with Paul Gauguin, Vincent's prolific genius was tragically marred by epilepsy and madness.His paintings which went unsold during his lifetime but are now valued at millions, are shown throughout the film, as are the locations which inspired them in Holland, Belgium and France. Based on the novel by Irving Stone [MAIN: PS3537.T669 L8 1934]. 123 min. DVD 5059
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Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor

Pollock, Griselda "Artists mythologies and media genius, madness and art history." Screen Vol XXI nr 3 (1980); p. 89-95.

The Mill and the Cross (Poland | Sweden, 2010)
Directed by Lech Majewski. Cast: Rutger Hauer, Michael York, Charlotte Rampling. Uses digial effects and immersive period detail to transport viewers inside Pieter Bruegel's famous 1564 painting, The way to Calvary, where Bruegel himself tours the canvas discussing the various images and the meanings behind them, allowing viewers to experience daily life in turbulent 16th century Flanders. 97 min. DVD 8190
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Miss Potter (UK / USA, 2006)
Directed by Chris Noonan. Cast: Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson, Barbara Flynn, Bill Paterson, Matyelok Gibbs, Lloyd Owen, Anton Lesser, David Bamber. In an effort to give their younger brother, Norman a project to keep him busy now that he has joined the family publishing house, the older Warne brothers agree to publish Miss Beatrix Potter's first children's book. They don't expect the book to sell well, but they need to keep Norman busy. As they work together, Norman and Beatrix become close. After the first book is published, Beatrix goes on to a second book and that sells well. One day at lunch, she meets the rest of Norman's family, including his sister, Millie and the two women become fast friends. Norman proposes, but Beatrix's parents object. After much argument, they agree to let Beatrix marry Norman provided they wait until the end of the summer. Special features: Feature commentary with director Chris Noonan; The tale of Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter; The making of a real-life fairy tale; "When you taught me how to dance"; Music video performed by Katie Melua; Theatrical trailer. 93 min. DVD 8190
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Alter, Ethan. "Miss Potter." Film Journal International, Jan2007, Vol. 110 Issue 1, p39-40, 2p UC users only
Jays, David. "Miss Potter." Sight & Sound, Mar2007, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p65-66, 2p UC users only
Law, Shirley. "Miss Potter and the 'Green World' of Children's Literature." (cover story) Screen Education; 2007, Issue 45, p18-23, 6p UC users only

Modigliani (USA / France / Germany / Italy / Romania / UK, 2004)
Directed by Mick Davis. Cast: Andy Garcia, Elsa Zylberstein, Omid Djalili, Hippolyte Girardot, Eva Herzigova, Udo Kier, Susie Amy, Peter Capaldi, Louis Hilyer. Brings to life artistic genius Amedeo Modigliani's story of tragic love, rivalry, and excess in the midst of art history's golden age when greats like Picasso, Rivera, Cocteau, and Modigliani held court in the salons of post-WWI Paris. 127 min. DVD X72
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The Moon and Sixpence (1942)
Directed by Albert Lewin. Cast: George Sanders, Herbert Marshall. The brillant, adventurous and tragic life of the famed impressionist painter Paul Gauguin is brought to the screen in this thinly diguised biography based on the best-selling novel by Somerset Maugham. Special features: Contains two full versions of the movie, previews, biographies of George Sanders, Herbert Marshall, and Albert Lewin. 178 min. DVD X4251
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Morlang (Netherlands, 2001)
Directed by Tjebbo Penning. Cast: Paul Freeman, Diana Kent, Susan Lynch, Eric van der Donk, Marcel Faber. When Morlang, a successful artist, learns that Ellen, his wife and muse of 15 years, has had an affair, he reacts by having an affair with a young admirer. The results are unexpected and devastating and strains the married couples relationship even more. The film is loosely based on a true story. 119 min. DVD 6339
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Moulin Rouge (1952)
Directed by John Huston. Cast: Jose Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Suzanne Flon, Eric Pohlmann, Colette Marchand, Christopher Lee, Michael Balfour. "Toulouse-Lautrec, 19th century French artist who was a 'dwarf', caused by accident when a child. Played in long shots by a dwarf actor. The rest of the time by Ferrer on his knees. The film shows Lautrec's fall when a boy and the operation which is not a success and led to his restricted growth. When young he uses two sticks and later as a man only one." [from Films Involving Disabilities]. Lautrec also shows up as a minor character in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! (2001) [DVD 976] 119 min. DVD X1145
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Moulin Rouge! (Australia / USA, 2001)
Director, Baz Luhrmann. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, Garry McDonald, Jacek Koman, Matthew Whittet, Kerry Walker. Christian, an idealistic and impoverished young writer newly arrived in Montmartre, is haphazardly inducted into a circle of young bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec. A comedy of mistaken identities ensues, quickly enmeshing the young poet in a love triangle involving the unobtainable and consumptive Satine, queen courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, and the foppish Duke of Roxbury, his villainous rival for her affections. Special features (Disc 1): theatrical trailers: production commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, and Don McAlpine: writing commentary by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce: 8 behind-the-scenes branches. (Disc 2): The making of Moulin Rouge HBO Special: 5 "Star" featurettes: earlier drafts of screenplay: 6 extended scenes & 4 re-cut dance sequences: interview with John "Cha Cha" O'Connell and Caroline O'Connor: dance pre-shoots: 3 multi-angle dance sequences: 2 music videos: live MTV performance: design and marketing gallery. 128 min. DVD 976
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Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film

Åstrom, Berit. "Referred pain: privileging male emotions in narrative instances of female physical suffering" Journal of Gender Studies Volume 20, Issue 2, 2011 UC users only
Bell, Philip. "Moulin rouge!: Baz Luhrmann, Australia, 2001." In: The cinema of Australia and New Zealand / edited by Geoff Mayer & Keith Beattie. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.A8 C55 2007)
Bennett, Kathryn Conner. "The Gender Politics of Death." Journal of Popular Film and Television, Fall 2004, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p110-120, 11p UC users only
Cyrino, Monica S. "To Love and Toulouse: The Orpheus and Eurydice Theme in Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (1959) and Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge (2001)." Classical & Modern Literature, Spring2008, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p129-147, 19p
Della Giusta, Marina; Scuriatti, Laura "The show must go on: Making money glamorizing oppression" European Journal of Women's Studies; V. 12, NO. 1, 2005; pp. 31-44, 14p UC users only
Gopal, Sangita; Moorti, Sujata. "Bollywood in Drag: Moulin Rouge! and the Aesthetics of Global Cinema." Camera Obscura, Sep2010, Vol. 24 Issue 75, p28-67, 40p UC users only
Jones, Kent. "Moulin Rouge!" Film Comment, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 22-25, May 2001
Kehler, Grace. "Still for Sale: Love Songs and Prostitutes from "La Traviata" to "Moulin Rouge."" Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, Jun2005, Vol. 38 Issue 2, Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, Jun2005, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p145-162, 18p UC users only
Kinder, Marsha. "Moulin Rouge!" Film Quarterly, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 52-59, Spring 2002 UC users only
Larson, Katherine. "Silly Love Songs: The Impact of Puccini's La Bohème on the Intertextual Strategies of Moulin Rouge!" Journal of Popular Culture, Dec2009, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p1040-1052, 13p; UC users only
Magedanz, Stacy. "Allusion as Form: The Waste Land and Moulin Rouge!" Orbis Litterarum, 2006, Vol. 61 Issue 2, p160-179, 20p UC users only
Mina Yang. "Moulin Rouge! and the Undoing of Opera." Cambridge Opera Journal, Nov2008, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p269-282, 14p UC users only
Morace, Robert A.Morace, Robert A. "Delirious Postmodernism: Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge." In: Modern and postmodern cutting edge films / edited by Anthony D. Hughes ; with Miranda J. Hughes. Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks New books PN1994 .M58 2008)
Pierson, Michele. "A Production Designer's Cinema: Historical Authenticity in Popular Films Set in the Past." In: Spectacle of the real: from Hollywood to reality TV and beyond / edited by Geoff King. Bristol ; Portland : Intellect Books, 2005. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1992.8.R43 S64 2005)
Van der Merwe, Anne. "Music, the Musical, and Postmodernism in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge." Music and the Moving Image, Fall 2010, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p31-38, 8p UC users only

My Left Foot (Ireland / UK, 1989)
Directed by Jim Sheridan. Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Ray McAnally, Brenda Fricker, Cyril Cusack, Fiona Shaw, Hugh O'Conor, Adrian Dunbar, Ruth McCabe, Alison Whelan. Based on Christy Brown's true life story, My Left Foot features Daniel Day-Lewis' Academy Award winning performance as a man who triumphs over impossible odds to achieve greatness. DVD Special features: "The real Christy Brown" featuring biographical details on Brown (5 min.) ; "An inspirational journey : the making of 'My left foot' " with commentaries on the pre-production process (11 min.); stills gallery; "My left foot" reviews from the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, and the LA Weekly. 103 min. DVD 9204
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Academy Award - Best Actor in a Leading Role (Daniel Day-Lewis); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Brenda Fricker)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor; Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Actor

Hambleton, Georgina Louise. Christy Brown : the life that inspired My Left Foot Edinburgh : Mainstream, 2007. [MAIN: PR6052.R5894 Z66 2007]

My Mother's Smile (La hora de la religión; Il sorriso di mia madre) (Italy, 2002)
Directed by Marco Bellocchio. Cast: Sergio Castellitto, Jacqueline Lustig, Chiara Conti, Gigio Alberti, Alberto Mondini, Gianfelice Imparato, Piera Degli Esposti, Toni Bertorelli, Gianni Schicchi Gabrieli, Maurizio Donadoni, Donato Placido, Renzo Rossi, Pietro Da Silva, Bruno Cariello. A celebrated painter receives a visit from a cardinal's assistant, who informs him that his mother could become a saint. 102 min. DVD X5829
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Night is My Future (Morkret ar min framtid; aka Music Is My Future; Musik i mörker) (Sweden, 1947)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Mai Zetterling, Birger Malmsten, Olof Winnerstrand, Naima Wifstrand, Hilda Borgstrom, Douglas Hage. In this poignant love story a young soldier is wounded in the war and loses his eyesight. Back home he develops a platonic relationship with his maid, but they eventually go their separate ways. After many years when they meet again, can friedship become love? 88 min. vhs 999:3188
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Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh, Allan Vincent, Gavin Gordon, Edwin Maxwell, Holmes Herbert, Claude King, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Thomas E. Jackson, DeWitt Jennings, Matthew Betz, Monica Bannister. This is a long lost color print, unearthed by the American Film Institute, of a horror classic about a deranged wax sculptor who almost loses his life in a fire set by his partner. Instead of dying in the blaze, he returns for revenge, hiding his horribly disfigured face behind a wax mask. He opens a wax museum in which he dips his human victims in wax until one woman becomes suspicious of his activities and begins to work to reveal his guilt. 77 min. DVD 3925; vhs 999:1118
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Nightwatching (Netherlands | Canada | UK | France | Poland, 2007)
Directed by Peter Greenaway. Cast: Martin Freeman, Emily Holmes, Jodhi May, Eva Birthistle, Toby Jones, Natalie Press. Nightwatching: In the year 1642, Rembrandt reluctantly agrees to paint the Amsterdam Musketeer Militia in a group portrait that will later come to be known as the Nightwatch and stumbles upon a treacherous murder plot. J'accuse: A forensic examination of 17th century Dutch painter Rembrandt's celebrated 'Nightwatch'. Brings its 34 characters to life in a detailed investigation of the murder of the Commander of the 13th Company of Amsterdam's militia. Special features on bonus DVD: "J'accuse" (100 min., documentary) / director, writer Peter Greenaway ; interviews with Peter Greenaway, Martin Freeman, Eva Birthistle and Jodhi May. 136 min. DVD X2750
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Pollock (2000)
Directed by Ed Harris. Cast: Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Tom Bower, Jennifer Connelly, Bud Cort, John Heard, Val Kilmer, Robert Knott. Fellow artists and lovers Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner are at the center of New York's 1940's art scene, but as Krasner neglects her work to push Pollock's career forward, Pollock begins to unravel emotionally. Pollock and Krasner escape to the country to marry, and soon, Pollock creates the work that makes him the first internationally-famous modern painter in America. But with fame and fortune comes a volatile temper and severe self-doubt and before long, Pollock's life threatens to explode. Special features: Ed Harris commentary; "making-of" documentary; Charlie Rose interview with Ed Harris; deleted scenes; filmographies; theatrical trailers; production notes; scene selections. Based on "Jackson Pollock : an American saga" by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith [MAIN: ND237.P73 N34 1991; MOFF: ND237.P73 N34 1989]. 123 min. DVD 787
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Academy Award - Best Supporting Actress (Marcia Gay Harden)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Marcia Gay Harden)

Bracewell, Michael. "Pollock." Sight and Sound 12.6 (June 2002): 47(2).
Kalina, Richard. "Pollock: Lights, Action, Camera." Art in America 89.2 (Feb 2001): 57.
Macnab, Geoffrey. "A bigger splash." Sight and Sound 12.6 (June 2002): 22(3).
Miller, Keith. "Dripped over the ege." TLS. Times Literary Supplement 5175 (June 7, 2002): 19(1).
Plagens, Peter. "Biopics Mix Shticks, Kitsch." ARTnews; Dec2006, Vol. 105 Issue 11, p118-121, 4p
Siegel, Katy. "Splatter Fest." Artforum International 39.3 (Nov 2000): 23.
Stone, Laurie. "A woman near a door" The Literary Review 46.4 (Summer 2003): 655(12).UC users only

Portrait of Jennie (1948)
Directed by William Dieterle. Cast: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Cecil Kellaway, David Wayne. Timeless, unforgettable and haunting Academy Award winning film about a struggling artist and the strange, enchanting girl he meets in the park. 86 min. DVD 3909; vhs 999:675
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Privilege (UK, 1967)
Directed by Peter Watkins. Cast: Paul Jones, Jean Shrimpton, William Job, Mark London, Jeremy Child, Max Bacon. Steven Shorter is a rock music phenomenon. His popularity, carefully engineered by his corporate handlers, has reached dizzying proportions. When artist Vanessa Ritchie is hired to paint his portrait, she discovers that he is unhappy and unstable. 103 min. DVD X5202
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Rembrandt (UK, 1936)
Directed by Alexander Korda. Cast: Charles Laughton, Gertrude Lawrence, Elsa Lanchester, Edward Chapman. In Amsterdam of 1642, master painter Rembrandt Van Rijn enjoys a full life until the sudden death of his wife. Bankrupt and bereft, he finds comfort in a pretty servant in his home. Can he summon the courage to overcome his demons or will tragedy continue to haunt 85 min. DVD 2194
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Bingham, Dennis. "Rembrandt (1936)" In: Whose Lives Are They Anyway?: The biopic as contemporary film genre / Dennis Bingham. New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, 2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])
Claus, Horst. "Whose Film Is It? Alexander Korda's Adaptation of Carl Zuckmayer's Film Script Rembrandt" In: Text into image, image into text : proceedings of the interdisciplinary bicentenary conference held at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth (the National University of Ireland) in September 1995 / edited by Jeff Morrison and Florian Krobb. Amsterdam ; Atlanta, GA : Rodopi, 1997. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN53 .T49 1997)
Hesling, Willem. "Artists Legends and the Historical Film. Alexander Korda's Rembrant (1936)." In: Perspectives on European film and history / Leen Engelen and Roel Vande Winkel (eds). Gent : Academia Press, [2007] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H5 .P47 2007)

Savage Messiah (UK, 1972)
Directed by Ken Russell, Cast: Dorothy Tutin, Scott Antony, Helen Mirren. Biographical drama of the relationship between sculptor Henri Gaudier and Polish émigré, Sophie Brzeska. Based on book of same title by H.S. Ede. 99 min. DVD X6033
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Scarlet Street (1945)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay. Chris Cross, 25 years a cashier, has a gold watch and little else. That rainy night, he rescues delectable Kitty from her abusive boyfriend Johnny. Smitten, amateur painter Chris lets Kitty think he's a wealthy artist. At Johnny's urging, she lets Chris establish her in an apartment (with his shrewish wife's money). There, Chris paints masterpieces; but Johnny sells them under Kitty's name, with disastrous and ironic results. DVD 4911, DVD 2746; vhs 999:331
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Telotte, J. P. "Self-portrait: Painting and the Film Noir." Smithsonian Studies in American Art; 1989, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p3-17, 15p UC users only

The Sheltering Sky (UK | Italy, 1990)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: CDebra Winger (Kit Moresby), John Malkovich (Pat Moresby), Campbell Scott (George Tunner), Jill Bennett (Mrs. Lyle), Timothy Spall (Eric Lyle), Eric Vu-An (Balquassim). An American artist couple, drawn by desire to the Sahara, travel there shortly after World War II in order to follow their passionate obsessions in an attempt to recapture the love they once shared. Based on the novel of the same title by Paul Bowles. 139 min. DVD X4281; vhs 999:2710
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Séraphine (France | Belgium | Germany, 2008)
Directed by Martin Provost. Cast: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent. The true story of Séraphine Louis, a simple, devout housekeeper who in 1905, at the age of 41, began painting brilliantly colorful canvases. In 1912, a German art critic discovered her paintings while she was working as his maid. Tells the story of the relationship between the avant-garde dealer and the visionary cleaning lady, forging a testament to the mysteries of creativity and the resilience of one woman's spirit. 125 min. DVD X3776
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César Awards, France - Best Film; Best Actress (Yolande Moreau)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Film; Best Actress (Yolande Moreau)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film; Best Actress (Yolande Moreau)

The Song of Songs (1933)
Director, Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Brian Aherne, Lionel Atwill. A naive country girl falls in love with the sculptor for whom she poses, but he refuses to marry her and leaves her in the arms of an uncaring baron. 90 min. DVD X6034
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Street Angel (1928)
Director, Frank Borzage. Cast: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Natalie Kingston, Henry Armetta. A young Italian girl on the run from the police captures the heart of a handsome and passionate artist. When she's caught and sent to prison, he is left only with the portrait he painted of her--and the hope that they will be together again. Adapted by Philip Klein and Henry Roberts Symonds from a play by Monckton Hoffe. 101 19 min. DVD X713
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Sunday in the Park with George. (1985)
Cast: Mandy Patinkin (George); Bernadette Peters (Dot/Marie); Charles Kimbrough, Barbara Bryne, Dana Ivey, Mary D'Arcy, Sue Anne Gershenson, Cris Groenendaal, John Jellison, Frank Kopyc, Judith Moore, Nancy Opel, William Parry, Natalie Polizzi, Michele Rigan, Brent Spiner, Melanie Vaughan, Robert Westenberg, supporting soloists. A television production of the Broadway musical loosely based on the life of artist Georges Seurat. In Act 1 Seurat is working on his latest painting with the woman he loves posing for him. As Georges interacts with various people who happen through the park, they become characters in his painting. In Act 2 Seurat's great grandson and his grandmother return to the place where Seurat created his masterpiece to ponder ideas of what is art and what is life. 146 min. DVD 1998

Surviving Picasso (1996)
Director, James Ivory. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore, Joss Ackland, Peter Eyre, Jane Lapotaire, Joseph Maher, Bob Peck, Diane Venora, Joan Plowright. The world knew his passion for canvas, color, metal and ceramics, but little was known about his other passion--women. Told from the viewpoint of his longtime mistress and mother of his children, Francoise Gilot who was strong enough to withstand his ferocious cruelty and move on with her life. Based on the book: Picasso : creator and destroyer / by Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington. 125 min. DVD X6035
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Van Gogh (France, 1991)
Directed by Maurice Pialat. Cast: Jacques Dutronc, Bernard Lecoq, Alexandra London, Gerard Sety, Corrine Bourdon, Elsa Zylberstein, Leslie Azoulai. A portrait of artist Vincent Van Gogh's final days, revealing his mad genius and dark sensuality. The film was shot in the village of Auvers, where Van Gogh actually lived from May to June, 1890. Non-US format DVD. In French without subtitles. 158 min. DVD 3411
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Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Spain | USA, 2008)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Javier Bardem, Patricia Clarkson, Penélope Cruz, Kevin Dunn, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Messina. Two American women, one engaged to be married and the other sexually flirtatious, both become romantically involved with a painter while on vacation in Barcelona, only to find they have competition in the form of the painter's ex-wife. 97 min. DVD X953
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Vincent & Theo (1990)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Tim Roth, Paul Rhys, Adrian Brine, Yves Dangerfield, Hans Kesting, Peter Tuinman. A drama of the passionate life of Vincent van Gogh, the obsessive artist driven by inexorable demons and his alternately devoted and despairing younger brother, who seems unable to live with him or without him. 140 min. DVD X70
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Waiting for Heaven (Cenneti beklerken) (Turkey, 2006)
Directed by Derviş Zaim. Cast: Serhat Tutumluer, Melisa Sözen, Mesut Akusta, Nihat Ileri, Numan Acar. Road film set in the 17th century Ottoman Empire. Croatian recruit Eflatun, a master miniaturist, has abandoned his art after losing his wife and child. To immortalize them, he begins to draw them in the Western style forbidden by Islam, but the transgression further afflicts his already shattered soul. He is then appointed by the grand vizier to paint the portrait of Prince Danyal, who has led an uprising against the sultan in Anatolia. Eflatun has no choice; accompanied by bodyguards, he sets off for revolt-stricken Anatolia. 105 min. DVD X5912
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