UC Berkeley Library

You can still access the UC Berkeley Library’s services and resources during the closure. Here’s how.

Using the Library during COVID-19

During the pandemic, many of our services are being offered in new ways. To find the latest information on course reserves, book returns, 24/7 online help, and more, visit our COVID-19 portal, which provides more up-to-date information than the text below.

Artists in Film

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:

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.

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. ; :1&2 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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.

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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. Credits and Other information from the Internet Movie Database