Art on Film

For those of you who somehow aren't sick of me talking about art all the time, here's a breakdown of the art-related films I've seen. There's movies directed by artists and focusing on artists or the visual arts in general. Others are visually breathtaking films that to me have an impact similar to fine art. Some are documentaries about artists or the art trade, or are just filmed in a unique visual style.

Several of my favorite films in this category I saw before I began this blog, so they aren't reviewed here, but I've given outside links for the ones I'd really like to recommend, and I'll strive to have my own reviews up for them eventually!




A r t  a n d  A r t i s t  D o c u m e n t a r i e s
Beautiful Dreamers
Beauty is Embarrassing
Crumb
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Grant Morrison: Walking With Gods
In the Realms of the Unreal
Man on Wire
Marwencol
The Rape of Europa
Waking Sleeping Beauty
Yayoi Kusama: I Love Me


M o v i e s  a b o u t  A r t  a n d  A r t i s t s
A Bucket of Blood
Art School Confidential
Basquiat
Frida
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
Girl with a Pearl Earring
I Shot Andy Warhol
Museum Hours
Pecker
The Horse's Mouth
The Painting
(Untitled)


M o v i e s  M a d e  b y  A r t i s t s
Mirrormask (dir. by artist Dave McKean)
Office Killer (writ./dir. by photographer/performance artist Cindy Sherman)
Pepperminta (writ./dir. by video artist Pipilotti Rist)
Phase IV (dir. by influential graphic designer Saul Bass)
The Future (writ./dir. by performance artist Miranda July)
True Stories (writ./dir. by conceptual artist/Talking Heads frontman David Byrne)
Un Chien Andalou (writ. Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel, dir. Luis Buñuel)


E c c e n t r i c  A n i m a t i o n
A Town Called Panic
Alice
Blood Tea and Red String
Children Who Chase Lost Voices
Coraline
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Dante's Inferno (2007)
Fantastic Planet
Fear(s) of the Dark
Mary and Max
Metropia
Sita Sings the Blues
Tangled (insp. by Rococo artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard's paintings)
Tekkon Kinkreet
The Adventures of Mark Twain
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (the oldest surviving animated feature)
The Illusionist
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Secret of Kells (insp. by medieval manuscript illumination)
The Triplets of Belleville
Waltz With Bashir


V i s u a l  W o n d e r s
2046
Across the Universe
Amelie
Brazil
In the Mood for Love
Kaboom
Metropolis
Sin City
Suspiria
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The Fall
The Saddest Music in the World
Tuvalu
Werckmeister Harmonies

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