December 12, 2009

Filmclub Totale Part Deux!

I know I said the Filmclub was going to be on Fridays, but I just didn't make it in time, so it's Friday Filmclub, on a Saturday!

Today's film is one of my absolute favorite films, ever. It's beautiful in so many ways, and it tells a real story.
Basquiat was released in 1996 and was the painter/director Julian Schnabel's debut film. (He then went on to do Before Night Falls and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly).
It tells the story of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in the eighties in New York, his ups and downs and friendship with Andy Warhol (greatly played by David Bowie!). He was incredibly talented and his paintings are exceptional and often moving.
The film is sad, but it's not a downer. It's also interesting in terms of how it depicts the art world and fame. Don't want to say too much except that it's strongly recommended!!
The speaker voice in the trailer doesn't really correspond much to the movie, but what are you gonna do?


Anna said...

i've never seen this, but after reading your review i think i'll have to add it to my netflix!

Hermione said...

Oh I hope you do add it! The trailer (or the voice more) is a bit cheesy, but the film is really really good.. And the cast is so great, Jeffrey Wright is amazing in the title role, etc. Let me know if you see it!

pennycones said...

I hadn't heard of this film but I have to see it after watching the trailer!

What an awesome cast too. Thanks for this :)

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