FILMS




EL GRECO (2007 FILM) in English
This beautiful art film is an epic tale of Domenicos Theotokopoulos, best known as El Greco, a great Greek artist of the 16th century who sets off from his homeland Crete to work in Venice, Rome and finally Toledo. 
Incredible music by the legendary Greek composer - Vangelis.

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ALATRISTE (2007 Film) with ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Spain's Roguish Baroque Hero - Captain Diego Alatriste - comes to life as he fights his way through the royal wars and courts of Philip IV, King of Spain.

This was an expensive film to make (€24 million (estimated). It is loosely based on a series of novels written by Arturo Pérez-Reverte called The Adventures of Captain Alatriste.

For art students, it can be seen as a tribute to the artist legacy of Diego Velazquez. Viewer can watch Velazquez's royal portraits jump off the screen. Grand actors take on the their appointed roles within the royal court or the battle field. The action is moved forward as Alatrista goes about his business - basically doing the really dirty work for the King's ambition prime minister.

Paintings by Velazquez  pop up in the film as props or objects of discussion and critique.

The lighting of the film is set with obscure and mysterious dark backgrounds while the action and drama is highly illuminated - especially the faces and hands - as though each scene is a Velazquez painting.

Alatriste is performed with stylish charm by actor Viggo Mortensen. It is the 2nd most expensive film made in Spain.


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GOYA'S GHOSTS (2006) in English

This "Goyaesque" masterpiece is a Spanish-American film, directed by Miloš Forman, and written by him and Jean-Claude Carrière. The film stars Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem and Stellan Skarsgård, and was filmed on location in Spain during late 2005. The film was written, produced, and performed in English although it is a Spanish production.

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This A&E's Biography movie thoroughly documents the life and work of Picasso. Subtitled A Primitive Soul, Picasso's Spanish roots are depicted in detail through the images that reoccur in his work as a painter. His father was a painter, although Picasso quickly surpassed him and is quoted as having said, "In art, one has to kill one's father." In Paris he quickly rose to fame, supported by fellow artists and collectors, although he was haunted by his main competitor, Matisse. Major biographers of Picasso, including John Richardson, comment on the complexities of his life and creativity, his passions for women, his overriding ambition, his competitive nature, as well as his remarkable talent at creating new styles of painting by taking from other artists. As one commentator states, "He was always a thief." Big shifts in his work occurred with each new sexual relationship. This program aptly conveys the multitude of his relationships, many of which were happening simultaneously. Enamored by his children when they were young, Picasso lived off the energy of those around him. He remained terrified of death and of being alone. After Franco came to power, he vowed he would never return to Spain under his rule. In 1944, he joined the Communist party and remained loyal to it for the rest of his life. This program is extraordinarily well researched and serves as an eloquent testimony to Picasso's creativity and influence on developments in modern art. --Anne Barclay Morgan


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LITTLE ASHES 

* Beautiful, tragic and historical film about the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca.

Great photography, script and historical references. Clearly an interesting point in history and of interest to art lovers but also to culture vultures :)