Just a few days left until Christmas. I love all the celebration and family time, but Christmas time is also movie time for me. When Christmas Eve and the holidays are over I usually cuddle in and watch some movies. Take a time out of everything before New Year’s Eve and get some rest before the daily life kicks back in when the next year starts. As I already watched the new Star Wars movie (It’s awesome!!!) the other night I have plenty of time to watch my all time favorites. Today I like to tell you about my all time favorites for art lovers, some movies to celebrate your love of art and artists. Tomorrow you get my list of movies for fashion lovers.
Defiantly one of my all time favorites. It’s a hilarious! Johnny Depp plays the English gentleman and art dealer and thief Charlie Mortdecai who needs to find a stolen Goya painting for the government. If you love Johnny Depp playing eccentric figures like I do this is your movie.
The true story of American artist Margaret Keane put into a great movie by legendary director Tim Burton. The artist couple Keane is played by Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams. It followed the story of Margaret and her husband, Walter Keane, who took credit for Margaret’s phenomenally successful and popular paintings in the 1950s and 1960s, and the lawsuit between them, after Margaret reveals she is the real artist behind the big eyes paintings. It’s a great movie with a lot of tension and a fascinating story. I really like films based on true events. It’s not a typical Burton movie but it’s still one of his best ones.
This is another really funny movie about art. It’s a bit like Mortdecai but different because this time we have Colin Firth as the main actor and if Johnny Depp is missing a movie is automatically very different in its humor 😉 The story is also different. It’s about British art curator Harry Deane who decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss Lord Shabandar by conning him into buying a fake Monet, a painting that has been missing since 1945, after being plundered by the Nazis. It is a remake by the Coen brothers of the 1966 film of the same name starring Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine. I’ve never saw the original version I have to admit. That’s something I still have on my list.
Another movie based on a true story but a much more serious one. It’s about the greatest treasure hunt in history, the World War II platoon who went into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. They were seven museum directors, curators, and art historians. The movie is a bit more Hollywood than the real story but it’s still great that they created a movie about those men who were hardly known to the public before.
Behind the Candelabra
This movie is about music and one of the greatest American musicians in history – Liberace. It’s a true drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. It dramatizes the last ten years in the life of pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas) and the relationship he had with Scott Thorson (Matt Damon). It is based on Thorson’s 1988 memoir, Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace. It’s a very great and sad movie about the entertainment industry in America. You should get someone to cuddle while you watch it.
If you’re looking for a great movie about a great and strong female artist, this is it. Frida is a biopic drama film which depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. It stars awesome Salma Hayek as Kahlo and Alfred Molina as her husband, Diego Rivera. The story of Frida Kahlo’s life and her marriage with Diego Rivera is one of the most fascinating in art history. They lived an eccentric life in Mexico with several affairs, break-ups and drama. Even with all those Hollywood elements they made the movie even more dramatic by adding some things which never happens. So if you want to know the real deal you also have to read some books about her. I still like the movie though and think it’s worth watching.
So this is my list of great movies for art lovers. I hope you like it. If you need more movies to watch at the holidays check out tomorrow’s post about great movies for fashion lovers.