1. Choose a movie from the attached list. These movies are classified as historical fiction meaning they are based off of the lives of the artists but interpreted by the writers and directors in a literary and dramatic way. They are not documentaries that are concerned with presented completely factual information.
2. Research the artist depicted in the movie. A good starting point is Wikipedia. You will want to know the artists biography, be familiar with their body of work, and appreciate the historical, period of art history, and cultural time in which the artist was living.
3. Watch the movie.
4. In a 2 page paper, address the following points:
In the opening paragraphs summarize the plot of the movie.
The literary aspects pertains to the story, dialogue and characters.
Was there a good story?
Did the main character change throughout the film?
What was the main conflict and how was it resolved?
Did the story interest you?
The dramatic aspects pertains to the acting, sets, locations and costumes.
Were the actors good?
Was the setting or location(s) interesting?
Were there any obvious values or opinions being presented by the director in the way they depicted the main theme of the film or the way they portrayed the heroes and villains of the story?
The critical analysis compares what you learned in this class to what was presented in the movie.
Were there inaccuracies in the movie compared to the material in our course or in your research which covers that time period or person?
What did you learn about the artist from the movie that you did not already know?
Refer to chapter 5 in the text. Does the movie portray the artist as a skilled worker, a scientist, a priest, a creative genius, or a ruler? Give examples from the movie to support your answer.
How does gender influence the career of the artist?
How does the movie perceive the artists support for making art? Was it made for arts sake, was their a patron or private supporter, was it market driven, tax-supported? Again, support your claim with details from the movie.
The evaluation is your personal feelings about the movie.
Did you enjoy the film? Would you recommend it to someone?
Did your appreciation of the artist and his or her works change after viewing the film? Why?
Lust for Life (1956) Van Gogh and Cezanne
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) Michelangelo
Andre Rublev (1966)
The Wolf at the Door (1986) Gauguin
My Left Foot (1989) Christy Brown
Vincent and Theo (1990) Van Gogh
Crumb (1994) Robert Crumb
Artemisia (1997) Gentileschi
Love is the Devil (1998) Francis Bacon
Pollock (2000) , Streaming on Netflix
Frida (2002) Frida Kahlo
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) Vermeer
Paradise Found (2003) Gauguin
Factory Girl (2006) Warhol
Goya’s Ghosts (2006)
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)
Nightwatching (2007) Rembrandt
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