Watching movies used to be just a source of enjoyment and to pass some time. But as the world and the public's interests have changed, movies are becoming more than just a means of amusement.
These days, Art films have become necessary for infotainment. Films are regarded today with the same reverence as other works of art do, largely thanks to art films and the pioneers who made them.
There are many classic art movies you can find today, ranging from period dramas examining the lives of prominent painters and investigative documentaries to romance, comedy, horror, and drama films centered around artists and artworks.
These films are good enough to be called masterpieces of art.
Art Films you Should Watch at Least Once in your Life.
You must have for once in your life looked at an art piece and said “wow! How pretty this is” even when you didn’t quite understand what it says.
Watching these Art films will give you an understanding of Art and what goes behind making it.
These films are not only good but also meaningful with a message for you. Art films can take you to different places, make you think about your life, and show you what the life of an artist looks like.
Scroll down to read about 7 art films you’ll definitely admire!
1. Visit to Picasso.
Visit to Picasso is a masterpiece that depicts the life of the famous painter “Pablo Picasso”. The director has tried to show the process of Picasso making one of his best paintings.
You’ll see the process that goes behind making creative art and what Picasso’s creative process looked like.
This movie captures some great shots of when Picasso was painting on a large transparent canvas with a brush, also famous as Picasso's magical stroke.
In 1951, Visit to Picasso was also nominated for best documentary by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
Frida is a 2002 American biographical drama film directed by Julie Taymor.
The movie features the highly gifted Salma Hayek who plays the role of the famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, who follows her personal and professional life in Mexico City.
Frida rose to become one of the most accomplished and admired surrealist artists of the 20th century due to her victories. You will get to see how Frida understood things for her.
You’ll also see some scenes about her political beliefs and connections to Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. Then, Leon Trotsky comes into the picture and that's for you to find out.
Frida is a wonderful movie that shows how the painter dealt with terrible circumstances and still lived a bold life.
3. Big Eyes.
The 2014 American biographical drama film Big Eyes, starring Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams will show you what goes behind the popularity of an artist.
The movie revolves around the famous American artist Margaret Keane and her second husband, Walter Keane.
Walter claimed ownership of Margaret's wildly successful paintings of “individuals with large eyes”. The scenes show Margaret’s effort of trying to get the ownership back.
The movie had its world premiere on December 15, 2014, in New York City, and on December 25, 2014, The Weinstein Company released it in the United States.
With particular attention paid to Adams and Waltz's performances, it did decently at the box office, making $29 million worldwide against a $10 million budget.
4. The beautiful troublemaker.
La Belle Noiseuse (aka The Beautiful Troublemaker) is a legendary art movie by director Jacques Rivette. The art film features an aged painter Frenhofer, who was inactive for many years.
Frenhofer had a 10-year-old unfinished painting which he started again. This film is an intimately epic exploration of the convergence between artistry and eroticism.
Over the period of four hours, a complicated love triangle develops between Michel Piccoli's portrayal of the French stage and screen actor Michel Frenhofer, his wife and muse Elizabeth, and Marianne.
This award-winning drama directed by Jacques Rivette frequently appears on lists of best films about art.
5. A Girl with Pearl Earring.
A girl with Pearl Earring is based on a very famous painting having the same name.
This epic art movie is set in 1565, during the Dutch Golden Age, and tells the story of Griet (Kate Winslet), an orphaned girl who becomes a maidservant at the home of Vermeer's father-in-law.
The characters are well-developed and the storyline has a great flow to it with excellent acting.
The movie shows how a merchant's obsession with beauty causes him to neglect his family, causing tension between him and his wife.
An excellent art film that shows how much it takes to make that one painting that we see for merely a minute.
It is a 2008 drama based on the life of Séraphine de Senlis, a self-taught outsider artist from France.
Séraphine is a middle-aged housekeeper who loves to take inspiration from nature. She channels her spiritual connection to nature into tangible materials to create art.
The film receives high praise for her performance. The art made with animal blood, church candle oil, and dirt is converted on canvas by Séraphine into a fantasy of trees, flowers, and inner light.
It was not a box office success despite receiving positive reviews from most critics.
7. Portrait of a lady set on fire.
It is a 2019 French historical romantic drama film written and directed by Céline Sciamma, starring Noémie Marant and Adèle Haenel.
Set in France in the late 18th century, the film tells the story of a lesbian affair between an aristocrat and a painter commissioned to paint her portrait.
In this art film, a young painter, Marianne, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse without her knowing.
Therefore, Marianne must observe her model by day to paint her portrait at night. Day by day, the two women become closer as they share Héloïse's last moments of freedom before the impending wedding.
An Interesting film showing the connection that forms when we don’t want any. You would love this drama created around art for sure.
Which Art Film Would you Like to be your First Watch?
In terms of content, art films are definitely more significant for the viewers than commercial movies because they are instructive and illuminating.
Art films reveal the subject's ugliness without any compilation, which aids in evaluating the problems that are discussed in the movie.
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