MR TURNER IS A PERFECT FILM

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The English writer-director Mike Leigh is one of the most humane filmmakers. His movies are less seen than they should be, and it’s an occasion of genuine joy that he has a new one. Mr. Turner, the biographical portrait of the great English artist, is something very rare – I think it might be a perfect film.

I emerged from my first viewing, heart full, mind stimulated, feeling as if I had just been in mid-19th century England. I had seen a work of uncommon beauty, not showy or pretentious (indeed one of the themes of the film is the pretentiousness of the art world among proponents, purchasers, and painters alike). I had been met by one of the great cinematic performances, in Timothy Spall’s full-bodied immersion as a man touched by transcendent genius on the canvas, tenderness with some people, and inexplicable callousness toward others. This is a real life, fully rounded, and induces both the laughter and tears of recognition that each of us gets to choose what to do with our gifts, but will face the temptation to be selfish in their manifestation. Read more here.

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One response to “MR TURNER IS A PERFECT FILM

  1. Bobby Bakshi

    Hey Gareth–lovely my friend. Thank you for the gift you are to the world. I smile every time I think of you. Even though we never got to really have a 1:1 conversation I feel very close to you. I hope we get to connect deeper soon. I see you are visiting BC soon. Let me know if you will be passing through Seattle at all. Also I’d love to staff with you again. My next one is New Mexico mid-April. I’m headed to India for work March 24 for 10 days. Blessings. Bobby Bakshi425.999.9984 Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:48:41 +0000 To: bobby.bakshi@live.com