I've handed over a post recently to recommend art documentaries. Now, for a little “lighter” summer fare.
These are dramas I recommend with artists (who once walked this earth) as main characters – without any judgment regarding historical accuracy.
- Modigliani (Andy Garcia as the Italian master)
- The Mill and the Cross – This can be gruesome and a little slow, but it's Brueghel's famous painting, The Procession to Calvary, brought to life. No dialogue. I doubt you've ever seen another movie like this.
- The Moderns (with Keith Carradine and a great soundtrack)
- Camille Claudel (Isabelle Adjani as Rodin’s lover and protégé)
- Artemisia (Valentina Cervi as Artemisia Gentileschi)
- Wolf at the Door (Donald Sutherland as Gauguin)
Three I'm sure you've seen:
Another one I like a great deal is Impromptu with Judy Davis as the writer Georges Sand and Hugh Grant as Chopin. There is only a token appearance by someone as the painter Eugène Delacroix, but I love the way it depicts the interaction among all of the arts (nice romance, too).
And before you mention it, I can’t recommend Surviving Picasso. Didn’t care for it at all. Nor was I crazy about Girl with a Pearl Earring, although the paint-mixing and conversations with Vermeer about color were interesting.
Most of these drams are more entertaining than educational. That’s an entirely different list!
What am I forgetting?