When it comes to art related movies, there are some amazing productions that have won the hearts of cinephiles over the years. If you are passionate about movies and you also like learning some insights about your favorite artist or about art history, these are some of the beautiful productions that I enjoyed watching and totally recommend.
Woman in Gold (2015)
“Woman in Gold” is a movie inspired by the true story of Maria Altman, a Jewish woman who grew up in Austria and who was persecuted by the Nazis along with her family. After 60 years from the event, she wants to recover the artworks that have been taken from her family’s apartment in Vienna, during Nazi annexation of Austria.
Maria is wonderfully played by Helen Mirren, who will also take us in a captivating journey back in her young years when she tried to escape and survive without being separated from her loved one and her family. The movie’s title is inspired by the famous Gustav Klimt’s painting, the subject of which was Maria’s aunt. Maria’s fight with Austrian authorities is a great act of bravery of taking back the only living memory left from her family and her journey is so touching that you will definitely empathize with her.
“Frida” is a drama biographical movie, directed by Julie Taymor, that tells the story of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. She was born in 1907 in Mexico City, and she is one of the most prolific artistic figures to this day. Her role is wonderfully played by Salma Hayek and her husband, Diego Rivera, is played by Alfred Molina.
The movie is a great illustration of Frida’s tumultuous life and marriage, and how she transformed her pain and joy in her artwork. At a young age she had been injured in a trolley crash that left her with life-long spine injury and pain. Julie Taymor captures by different visual effects the way Frida imagined her paintings as a way of expressing her feelings, which is a very unique way of learning about an artist’s process of creation.
Loving Vincent (2017)
“Loving Vincent” is the world’s first feature length painting animation film. The filmmakers Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman wanted to capture the legacy of Van Gogh through paintings, so they used over 65.000 oil paintings on canvas made by 125 professional artists, in realizing the movie.
The movie follows the character Armand Roulin who was given a letter that needed to be hand-delivered to Theo Van Gogh, the artist’s brother. From here begins his journey in Auvres-sur-Oise, Van Gogh’s final destination before suicide. Armand wants to discover what truly happened with the great painter in his final days of life, so he talks with different people who knew him and who he painted. The storyline is very intriguing, almost like a documentary and the animated paintings that come to life for the first time are a truly unique experience, worth seeing.