Media: Artist & Art-Related Movies
Artemisia (1998) Starring: Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault Director: Agnès Merlet
Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: French
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
Run Time: 95 minutes

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the story of her youth, when she was guided and protected by her father, the painter Orazio Gentileschi (Michel Serrault). Her professional curiosity about the male anatomy, forbidden for her eyes, led her to the knowledge of sexual pleasure. But she was also well known because in 1612 she had to appear in a courtroom because her teacher, Agostino Tassi, was suspected of raping her. She tried to protect him, but was put in the thumb screws...

Frida (2002) Starring: Salma Hayek, Mía Maestro Director: Julie Taymor
Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
Run Time: 123 minutes

"Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek) shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary.

Pollock (2000) Starring: Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden Director: Ed Harris
Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Release Date: July 24, 2001
Run Time: 122 minutes

At the end of the 1940's, abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) is featured in Life magazine. Flashback to 1941, he's living with his brother in a tiny apartment in New York City, drinking too much, and exhibiting an occasional painting in group shows. That's when he meets artist Lee Krasner, who puts her career on hold to be his companion, lover, champion, wife, and, in essence, caretaker. To get him away from booze, insecurity, and the stress of city life, they move to the Hamptons where nature and sobriety help Pollock achieve a breakthrough in style: a critic praises, then Life magazine calls. But so do old demons: the end is nasty, brutish, and short.

Basquiat Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott
Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
Run Time: 110 minutes

In his writing and directorial debut, Julian Schnabel's film Basquiat depicts the life of graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, a.k.a. SAMO, and the turbulent period from the late 1970s to 1988, as his life was catapulted into fame and notoriety. As Jean-Michel's work gained favorable attention from New York's elite art community, he went from a street punk living in a cardboard box to the first black artist to succeed in the all-white dominated art world. Tony Award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright does a brilliant job portraying a man tortured by self-doubt and thoughts of suicide, struggling to survive and be acknowledged as an artist.

Surviving Picasso (1996)
Starring: Anthony Hopkins
Format: Color, NTSC
VHS Release Date: October 21, 1997

Surviving Picasso offers unique insight into the life and psyche of the artist through the eyes of Francois, one of Picasso's many mistresses. Picasso's forceful personality and status made it easy for him to use and abuse people at will, which he did to virtually everyone, including his family. But Francois (who bore the artist 2 children) was by far the most independent, intelligent and confident of the painter's women,—and she would need all three traits to survive their 10 year relationship.

Mary Cassatt - American Impressionist Starring: Amy Brenneman, Charlotte Sullivan Director: Richard Mozer
Format: Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, Full length, Full Screen, Surround Sound, NTSC
VHS Release Date: January 1, 1999
Run Time: 56 minutes

After reluctantly allowing her nephew and two nieces to spend the summer with her in Paris, American born aspiring impressionist Mary Cassatt finds inspiration in her family. Meanwhile, the children conspire with a young gardener to form a relationship between their aunt and the anti-social painter Edgar Degas.

Degas and the Dancer (1999)
Starring: Thomas Jay Ryan, Alison Pill Director: David Devine
Format: Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, Full length, Full Screen, Surround Sound, NTSC
VHS Release Date: October 25, 1999
Run Time: 55 minutes

Searching for inspiration, impressionist Edgar Degas hires a struggling young ballerina to pose for him. However, their critical attitudes and equally stubborn opinions push both towards greater heights. Based on actual events.

Vincent and Theo (1990) Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Language: English
DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
Run Time: 140 minutes

Robert Altman, the great ironist of American movies, can't resist beginning Vincent & Theo with video of an art auction at Christie's, where Van Gogh's Sunflowers attracts dizzying multi-million-dollar bids. Dissolve to the utterly squalid hovel where Vincent (Tim Roth) lives—reminding us that the artist sold but one painting in his poor, tormented lifetime. Vincent & Theo is an unusual and—fittingly enough—impressionistic look at Vincent and his brother Theo (Paul Rhys), the mad genius and the art broker. These parallel lives unfold, with Vincent's celebrated wallow in the fires of art running alongside Theo's neurotic struggle to fit into the real world. Roth is mesmerizing and frightening as Vincent, while Rhys gives a more mannered performance that fits Theo's tortured ambivalence. The eerie buzz of Gabriel Yared's music helps us get inside Vincent's head. If the true-life circumstances are unavoidably grim and Altman's pace is slow, almost druggy, the film nevertheless casts a spell. (Vincent's eloquent letters to Theo are beautifully used in Paul Cox's Vincent, a good companion piece to this version of the artist's life.) —Robert Horton

Rembrandt: Fathers and Sons Format: Color, Digital Sound, Full length, Full Screen, Surround Sound, NTSC
VHS Release Date: April 1, 2000
Run Time: 52 minutes

Directed by David Devine, Rembrandt: Fathers and Sons reveals the great master at the height of his success. In need of a challenge, he sets out to reinvent the portrait amid demands from the aristocracy, his new family and especially a young boy estranged from his father. Rembrandt was a mysterious figure in his day but his nearly one hundred self-portraits tell their own story. Rembrandt was a happy man. He adored his wife and had a bustling home and studio, with enough commissions to satisfy his passion for buying art at fine art auctions. A multitalented and prolific artist, aside from his magnificent portraits, Rembrandt depicted over 800 biblical scenes and is also considered the greatest etcher in the history of art.

Rembrandt (1936)
Starring: Charles Laughton, Gertrude Lawrence Director: Alexander Korda
Format: Black & White, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
Language: English
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
Run Time: 90 minutes

This character study joins the painter at the height of his fame in 1642, when his adored wife suddenly dies and his work takes a dark, sardonic turn that offends his patrons. By 1656, he is bankrupt but consoles himself with the company of pretty maid Hendrickje, whom he's unable to marry. Their relationship brings ostracism but also some measure of happiness. The final scenes find him in his last year, 1669, physically enfeebled but his spirit undimmed.

Andrei Rublev (1965)
Starring: Ivan Lapikov
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Format: Black & White, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: Italian, Russian
VHS Release Date: November 11, 1997
Run Time: 185 minutes

Torn between merely painting what is before him and making some sort of statement with his art, Rublev gives up his work entirely after being forced to kill a man. He eventually comes to terms with himself and continues painting—whereupon the film switches from monochrome to dazzling color. The Soviet Government, which has often dictated that Russian artists should advance "The Cause" in their art, saw fit to shelve Andrei Rublev for five years, not granting it a release until 1971. —Hal Erickson

Winslow Homer: An American Original (1999)
Starring: Wayne Best, Ryan DeBoer
Director: Graeme Lynch
Format: Color, Digital Sound, Full length, Full Screen, Surround Sound, NTSC
VHS Release Date: April 1, 2000
Run Time: 49 minutes

Goya: Awakened in a Dream Starring: Cedric Smith, David Reale
Director: Richard Mozer
Format: Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, Full length, Full Screen, Surround Sound, NTSC VHS Release Date: April 1, 2000
Run Time: 55 minutes

VHS Release Date: April 1, 2000
Run Time: 55 minutes

Leonardo: A Dream of Flight Starring: Brent Carver, David Felton
Director: Allan King
Format: Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, Full length, Full Screen, NTSC
VHS Release Date: July 16, 1999
Run Time: 48 minutes

There was a time when the name "Leonardo" didn't immediately invoke the answer "DiCaprio." In fact, it may be wise to ensure that young viewers not only are familiar with, but understand and learn about the great genius of the early 16th century, Leonardo da Vinci. This production, part of HBO's Young Inventor series, sets out to do just that. Set in 1500, the story follows da Vinci (Brent Carver) when he is already a heralded painter but intrigued with flight and mysteries of nature. He meets 11-year-old Roberto (David Felton), whose mother sells birds. Da Vinci befriends Roberto and the two provide encouragement for the other. Although the character of Roberto is fictional, the intellectual genius of the Italian Renaissance actually befriended two young boys whom he mentored and later remembered in his will. This movie examines an incident that da Vinci chronicled in his memoirs: a vivid memory of being fascinated by a kite in flight when he was only an infant. Filmed in Padua in 1996, Leonardo: A Dream of Flight is not only stunning visually, but an entertaining story with an educational backdrop. The Young Inventor series offers up excellent production values, strong acting, and powerful stories woven around true and historically significant tales.

The Naked Maja (1959)
Starring: Ava Gardner, Anthony Franciosa
Format: Color, NTSC
VHS Release Date: March 7, 1994
Run Time: 111 minutes

A melodramatic biographical picture based on the tumultuous life of the Spanish ainter and revolutionary, Francisco Goya. The film focuses on his long love affair with the Duchess of Alba, model for his most famous painting, "The Naked Maja." Within this romantic framework, the major events of Goya's career are recounted—from his radical break with artistic convention to his persecution by the Inquisition.

Camille Claudel (1989)
Starring: Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu
Format: Color, Dolby, Digital Video Transfer, NTSC
Language: French
Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
DVD Release Date: January 23, 2001
Run Time: 159 minutes

"Miss Claudel has become a master."
"She has the talent of a man."
"She's a witch."
And so Auguste Rodin and friends neatly sum up the sad trajectory of Camille Claudel's career. We first meet the sculptor as she digs clay with bare fingers from a frozen ditch, in the winter of 1885. By the time the film leaves her, in 1913, she's an acclaimed, if socially scorned, artist who's been committed to an asylum. In the interim, Claudel (Isabelle Adjani) falls in love with the famous, older, womanizing Rodin (Gérard Depardieu). Claudel abandons her work to assist the creatively bankrupt Rodin, filling in as his muse, assistant, and lover. When pregnancy forces Claudel to ask him to choose between her and his longtime mistress, he won't, she leaves, and their alliance ends. This proves to be the turning point for Claudel's mental health; when her affair with Rodin ends, she begins her intimacy with insanity. As her madness blooms, so do her long-neglected sculptures, which seem to come to life in her hands and arms. Not only a potent love story, Camille Claudel is also an account of art and its wellsprings, and this is where it excels, especially when we witness Claudel's manic genius at work, driven by the necessity to externalize her emotions in the forms of her sculptures. —Stefanie Durbin

My Left Foot (1989)
Starring: Daniel Day Lewis
Format: AC-3, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Available Subtitles: Spanish, French
DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005
Run Time: 103 minutes

Daniel Day-Lewis won a much-deserved Oscar for his wily, passionate performance as Irish artist and writer Christy Brown, whose cerebral palsy kept him confined to a wheelchair. Filmmaker Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father) adapts Brown's own autobiography for this spirited piece, focusing on the sometimes-difficult fellow's formative years in his large family and in love with sundry women. Day-Lewis is inspired, and Brenda Fricker (also a recipient of an Oscar for her part in this movie) is almost luminous as Christy's dedicated mother. —Tom Keogh

Carrington (1995)
Starring: Emma Thompson, Jonathan Pryce
Director: Christopher Hampton
Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2001

From Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide: Gifted English painter Dora Carrington is afraid of her own sexuality, until she meets eccentric (and homosexual) writer Lytton Strachey and experiences love for the first time. What's more, he feels the same way... except they're never able to resolve their hesitancy about a full commitment. Compelling character study is slowly paced and perhaps redundant at times, but made fascinating by the leads' superb portrayals. Playwright/screenwriter Hampton's directing debut. Copyright © Leonard Maltin, 1998, used by arrangement with Signet, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc.

Lust for Life (1956)
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Format: , Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006

In one of his most intense performances, Kirk Douglas portrays the tormented genius, whose obsessive devotion to his art engulfs, consumes and finally destroys him. James Donald costars as Theo Van Gogh, who provide financial and moral support to his brother from the time Vincent leaves his Holland home in 1878 to his death in Auvers in 1890. Anthony Quinn won an Oscar for his eight-minute turn as Van Gogh’s fast friend and erstwhile Paul Gaugin. Nearly 200 of Van Gogh’s original paintings were borrowed from private collections for brief display in the film: some are "recreated" before our eyes, as the artist stands before his easel, spattered with paint and with a look of white-hot intensity burned into his countenance. —Hal Erickson

The Wolf at the Door (1987)
Starring: Donald Sutherland
Director: Henning Carlsen
Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
VHS Release Date: December 10, 1987
Run Time: 90 minutes

Donald Sutherland plays Paul Gauguin in The Wolf at the Door, a character study of the impressionist painter. The famed man typified the stereotype of the "struggling artist." He deserted his family in Denmark, traveled to work in Tahiti, then wandered to Paris—where hostile reviewers decried his "lack of perspective"—and journeyed back to the South Seas to find models for his works. All the while, in light of family difficulties, money troubles and poor critical reception, Gauguin strived to maintain his artistic integrity.

Max (2002)
Starring: John Cusack, Noah Taylor Director: Menno Meyjes
Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
Run Time: 108 minutes

A Jewish art dealer, who lost an arm during World War I befriends a young art student named Adolf Hitler, encouraging his artistic aspirations. However, the bitter and penniless Hitler is torn between his artistic desires and the increasing influence politics begins to play in his life.

The Agony and the Ecstacy (1965)
Starring: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison
Format: Color, NTSC
VHS Release Date: March 1, 1995
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005

Carol Reed (The Third Man) directed this 1965 portrait of the relationship between Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) and Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison), who commissioned the artist to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Based on a novel by Irving Stone, the script plods along, juggling the dynamics between the two men along with a somewhat perfunctory love story and distracting battle sequences. Reed seems more attuned to the nuances and great pains of the artistic process, as seen in sequences of Michelangelo working. But the overall focus of the film is unfortunately fuzzy. —Tom Keogh

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2004)
Starring: Colin Firth, Scarlett Johansson Director: Peter Webber
Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
Run Time: 100 minutes

This film, adapted from a work of fiction by author Tracy Chevalier, tells a story about the events surrounding the creation of the painting Girl With A Pearl Earring by 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Little is known about the girl in the painting, it is speculated that she was a maid who lived in the house of the painter along with his family and other servants, though there is no historical evidence . This masterful film attempts to recreate the mysterious girl's life. Griet, played by Scarlett Johansson, is a maid in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer, played by British actor Colin Firth. Vermeer's wealthy patron and sole means of support, Van Ruijven, commissions him to paint Griet with the intent that he will have her for himself before it is finished. She must somehow secretly pose for the crucial painting without the knowledge of Vermeer's wife, avoid Van Ruijven's grasp, and protect herself from the cruel gossip of the world of a 17th century servant.

Brush With Fate (2003)
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close Director: Brent Shields
Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
Run Time: 98 minutes

Inspired by love, sold in desperation, bought in passion and stolen in greed: this priceless masterpiece has played a pivotal role in the lives of everyone who has owned it.
As he settles into his new job at an American prep school, an art teacher (Thomas Gibson) is approached by a reclusive historian Cornelia Engelbrecht (Glenn Close, Sarah, Plain and Tall) who believes he alone will appreciate a secret treasure she has long guarded-an unknown Vermeer painting. Although Richard is overwhelmed by its beauty, he doubts its authenticity. How could such a masterpiece be hidden for centuries?

Drawing upon a lifetime of singularly focused devotion to its history, Cornelia reveals the secrets behind the mystery of Girl In Hyacinth Blue. From the moment three centuries ago when an impoverished Dutch artist painted the beautiful image of his daughter seated at an open window, the legendary masterpiece has been admired, coveted and pursued by its owners-from impoverished farmers to a wealthy society woman (Ellen Burstyn). All forever entwined in its legacy and unknowing participants in its future.

Based on Susan Vreeland's best-seller, Brush With Fate traces the history of a masterpiece that has changed many lives, but still has a greater secret yet to reveal.

Framed (1990) Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Kristin Scott Thomas
Director: Dean Parisot
Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
VHS Release Date: June 3, 1997

In Paris, Interpol arrests an art forger ten minutes after his sweetheart leaves the apartment with 5 million francs. She's set him up. Two years later, Wiley's out of jail, bartending in L.A., trying to forget her. Kate shows up with a new name, a fiancé who's a mob boss, and a scheme to steal and sell a priceless Modigliani if Wiley will forge a painting to put in its place. An odd FBI agent named Joak threatens Wiley with more jail time if Wiley doesn't help sting Kate. Who will win out: the mob, the FBI, Wiley, his lying cheating sweetie, or some surprising combination?

Incognito (1998)
Starring: Jason Patric, Irène Jacob
Director: John Badham
Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
Run Time: 108 minutes

Harry Donovan is an art forger who paints fake Rembrandt picture for $500,000. The girl he meets and gets into bed with in Paris, Marieke, turns out to be an arts expert Harry's clients are using to check the counterfeit picture he painted.

Uncovered (1994)
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, John Wood Director: Jim McBride
Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, Live, Subtitled, NTSC
Language: English
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
Run Time: 112 minutes

While restoring an old painting showing a woman and two men playing chess, Julia discovers the text "Who killed the knight" underneath the paint. The owner of the painting tells her that one of his forefathers was killed, the painting might identify the murderer. When Julia's friend is killed she understands that there is more to it. She consults Domenec, a chess genius who reconstructs the game from the painting. With any piece he takes, somebody dies.

Dark Side of Genius (1994)
Starring: Finola Hughes
Format: Color, NTSC
VHS Release Date: November 11, 1998
Run Time: 86 minutes

In this thriller, a young art critic falls for a psychotic artist. Jennifer Cole can't help it. She is in love with artist Julian Jons. It doesn't matter that he was just released after spending 7 years in prison for killing his model/girlfriend in the heat of obsessive passion. It doesn't matter that her roommate and editor warn her that Julian is unstable. She is in love with him. Unfortunately, her friends are right. All Julian can paint are images of his dead girlfriend. Things really heat up after an art collector commissions Julian to paint a portrait of his daughter who is the spitting image of—the murdered woman. —Sandra Brennan

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
Starring: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield Director: Albert Lewin
Format: Black & White, NTSC
VHS Release Date: June 12, 2001
Run Time: 111 minutes

Handsome, young, but morally corrupt Dorian Gray has his portrait made. As the years pass, he does not age, but evidence of his sins are apparent in his portrait, which grows uglier with each transgression. He keeps it safely hidden in the attic. But his mysterious behavior and ageless appearance begin to attract suspicion.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1973)
Starring: Shane Briant, Nigel Davenport
Director: Glenn Jordan
Format: Color, NTSC
DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
Run Time: 111 minutes

Nigel Davenport stars in this modern version of Oscar Wilde's 1891 novel about a man who remains eternally young while a portrait of him ages and becomes hideously ugly.

Portrait of Jennie (1948)
Starring: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten
Director: William Dieterle
Format: Black & White, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
Run Time: 86 minutes

Eben Adams is a struggling artist in Depression era New York who has never been able to find inspiration for a painting. One day, after he finally finds someone to buy a painting from him, a young girl named Jennie Appleton appears and strikes up an unusual friendship with Eben.

Portrait of Jennie (1948)
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Jennifer Jones
Format: B & W, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD Release Date: November 28, 2000
Run Time: 86 minutes

Joseph Cotten plays an artist who is unable to bring any true feeling to his work. While painting in Central Park one morning, Cotten makes the acquaintance of a schoolgirl named Jennie (Jennifer Jones), who prattles on about things that happened years ago. Intrigued at her thorough knowledge of the past, Cotten is about to converse with her further, but Jennie has vanished. Over the next few months Cotten meets Jennie again and again-and each time she seems to have aged by several years. He paints her portrait, which turns out to be more full of expression and emotion than anything he's previously done. His curiosity peaked by Jennie's enigmatic nature, Cotten uncovers evidence that he has been conversing—and falling in love—with the ghost of a girl who died years earlier in a hurricane. On the eve of the hurricane's anniversary, Cotten rushes to meet Jennie at the site where she was supposedly killed. As a new storm rages, Jennie vanishes for good, but not before declaring that the love she and Cotten have shared will live forever. Rescued from the storm, Cotten convinces himself that Jennie was a mere figment of his imagination. Then he notices that he stills clutches her scarf in his hand. He looks at his portrait of Jennie (the only Technicolor shot in this otherwise black-and-white film) and understands what she meant when she said that their love would endure throughout eternity: it will do so through Cotten's art, both the portrait at hand and all future portraits. Based on the novel by Robert Nathan, Portrait of Jennie is one of the most beautifully assembled fantasies ever presented on screen.

Laura (1944)
Stars: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews
Director: Otto Preminger
Format: Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, Black & White, NTSC
Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
Run Time: 88 minutes

A tricky mystery, the film deals with the murder of a popular young woman, with whom several men seem to be involved. But the most unusual is the police detective (Dana Andrews) who, as he sifts through the clues, finds himself drawn over and over to the painted portrait of the murdered woman until he becomes obsessed with her. Preminger won the Oscar as best director, though he finished the film after Rouben Mamoulian started it. Oscars also went to the cinematography, the screenplay, and supporting actor Clifton Webb, as the acidic columnist who was close to Laura. —Marshall Fine

Scarlett Street Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey
Director: Fritz Lang
Format: Black & White, NTSC
VHS Release Date: February 17, 2004

Chris Cross, 25 years a cashier, has a gold watch and little else. That rainy night, he rescues delectable Kitty from her abusive boyfriend Johnny. Smitten, amateur painter Chris lets Kitty think he's a wealthy artist. At Johnny's urging, she lets Chris establish her in an apartment (with his shrewish wife's money). There, Chris paints masterpieces; but Johnny sells them under Kitty's name, with disastrous and ironic results.

The Woman in the Window Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett Director: Fritz Lang
Format: B & W, HiFi Sound, NTSC
VHS Release Date: June 25, 1996
Run Time: 99 minutes

Edward G. Robinson stars as a happily married psychology professor whose wife and child are away on summer vacation. After discussing with his friends the likelihood that any man can be driven to murder, Robinson strolls by a shop window, where stands a full-length portrait of a beautiful woman. He turns to find the selfsame woman (Joan Bennett) standing beside him...and before the night is over, he has killed the woman's lover in self-defense. Thus begins weaving an increasing tangled web involving Robinson, the woman, and a seedy blackmailer (Dan Duryea).

Moulin Rouge (1952)
Starring: Jose Ferrer
Director: John Huston
Format: Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
DVD Release Date: June 15, 2004
Run Time: 119 minutes

The fascinating story of Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec, the artist whose posters for the Moulin Rouge cafe made him famous overnight. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor—Jose Ferrer. Academy Awards: Best (Color) Art Direction-Set Direction, Best (Color) Costume Design.

Sunday in the Park With George (1986)
Starring: Bernadette Peters
Format: Color, NTSC
DVD Release Date: March 23, 1999
Run Time: 147 minutes

Stephen Sondheim's landmark 1984 musical Sunday in the Park with George is a fictional representation of maverick French Impressionist painter Georges Seurat's efforts to create his masterpiece, Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte. Seurat, played by Mandy Patinkin, is obsessed with his work, to the frustration of his mistress, Dot (Bernadette Peters). Along the way, we meet many other characters—whoever happens to be in the park that Sunday—who eventually become part of the canvas.

An American in Paris (1951)
Starring: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron
Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
Language: English, French
DVD Release Date: April 27, 1999
Run Time: 114 minutes

Jerry Mulligan, a struggling American painter in Paris, is "discovered" by an influential heiress with an interest in more than Jerry's art. Jerry in turn falls for Lise, a young French girl already engaged to a cabaret singer. Jerry jokes, sings and dances with his best friend, an acerbic would-be concert pianist, while romantic complications abound.

Starry Night (1999)
Starring: David Abbott, Lisa Waltz
Director: Paul Davids
Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
Run Time: 102 minutes

A magic potion returns artist Vincent Van Gogh (Abbott Alexander) back to life and lands him in the center of the Rose Bowl Parade in this oddball comedy. Of course, no one believes who he is and he is startled to discover his popularity after the passage of time. This sets him off on a crusade to steal his paintings back from collectors and sets a detective (Sally Kirkland) on his trail. Along the way, he makes friends with an ambulance chasing attorney (Lou Wagner) and a young artist (Lisa Waltz), who gradually begin to believe his claims of identity.

Tea with Mussolini Starring: Cher, Judi Dench
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Format: AC-3, Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Release Date: November 23, 1999
Run Time: 117 minutes

A boy whose mother has died and whose father has all but abandoned him is raised by a group of eccentric British women in 1930s Florence. The coming of war has great impact on the women—known as the Scorpioni —and their flamboyant American counterparts in the artsy expatriate community, but cannot sever ties between the young man and his "surrogate mothers." Entertaining if not always focused comedy-drama based on director Zeffirelli's own experiences as a youth; coscripted by John Mortimer.

Two if by Sea (1995)
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Denis Leary
Director: Bill Bennett
Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2000
Run Time: 96 minutes

Frank O'Brien, a petty thief, and his 7-year-long girlfriend Roz want to put an end to their unsteady lifestyle and just do that "last" job, which involves stealing a valuable painting. Frank takes Roz to an island on the coast of New England, where he wants to sell the painting and also hopes that their sagging relationship will get a positive push back up. Not everything goes as planned, as some thugs and the FBI try to recover the painting and Roz gets attracted not only to the landscape...

Sirens (1994)
Starring: Hugh Grant, Sam Neill, Elle MacPherson
Director: John Duigan
Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999

Piquant social comedy about a young, liberal British minister and his wife who drop in on scandalous Australian artist Norman Lindsay (Neill), and find themselves seduced (somewhat) by his libertarian ways—and his three gorgeous, free-thinking models, who have no qualms about posing nude.

How to Steal a Million (1966)
Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole
Director: William Wyler
Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
Run Time: 123 minutes

She's the chic daughter of a renowned art collector and covert forger (the always eccentric Hugh Griffith) who's deposited his best work, a famous statue, in a Paris museum. Trouble is, technology can now detect such forgery, so Hepburn plots to steal the statue with the help of O'Toole, an amateur thief and covert inspector. Of course, neither of them knows the whole truth about the other.

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