Saturday, June 29, 2013

Film Inspiration

 Sag Harbor Cinema was recently showing the film Renoir based on the last years of the impressionist painter's life. In preparation for his role, the actor Michael Bouquet is coached in how to hold his paint brush by a convicted art forger, Guy Ribes. (See NY Times article here) The film was lushly filmed and I did enjoy Bouquet's characterization of Renoir, but unless you are an Impressionist freak or Francophile you may be napping in your chair. I loved it as I am both of the above. The movie is full of beauty and stillness (i.e. action not so much) Add this one to the Movies about Artists file for inspiration.

Preview of Renoir Directed by Gilles Bourdos

Footage of Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting (1915)
more information regarding this clip and others here 

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