Of all British artists, J.M.W. Turner has always mesmerized me. His superb sense of color and his incredible vision of nature has thrown every other artist miles away from perfection. That a movie embraces him is such a joy. Watch the trailer of this magnificent film, directed and written by Mike Leigh, and Timothy Spall as Turner.
Also watch Mike Leigh talking about his vision of Turner in this short from the Tate Gallery:
J.M.W.Turner, “Snow Storm, Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps”, 1812, Oil on canvas, 145 x 236,5 cm, Tate Gallery, London
J.M.W. Turner, “Quillebeuf, at the Mouth of Seine”, 1833, Oil on canvas, 88 x 120 cm, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
J.M.W.Turner, “The Morning after the Deluge”, c. 1843, Oil on canvas, 78,5 x 78,5 cm, Tate Gallery, London
Finally, watch Simon Schama in the series The Power of Art. Best way to get to know Mr. Turner before the movie hits the big screen.
Release Date: December 18, 2013
Genre: Action, Thriller
Director: George Clooney
Writer: George Clooney, Grant Heslov
Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Plot: Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, “The Monuments Men” is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys — seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 — possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.