Command Performance: VMFA Presents Chinese Film at the Byrd

It’s difficult to know where to start when delineating the reasons to see Zhang Yimou’s Red Sorghum (1987; 91 min) at the Byrd Theatre on November 23 at 1:30 pm. The film has an almost mythic reputation. But I will try. The Byrd Theatre will be the only venue in the entire US that has…

On September 13 Celebrate Latin American Art – Colombia!

Enjoy many traditions of Colombian culture at Saturday’s free family event, Sep 13, 11 am – 3 pm. Please use this agenda to plan your visit, and enjoy. VMFA brings the world to Virginia. Traditional Vallenato, Joropo, and Cumbia Music, performed by Colombia Tropical | Atrium, Level 1 11 am, 12:30 & 1:45 pm Traditional…

Ladies and Gentlemen… The Avant-Garde

In winter, 1913, The International Exhibition of Modern Art, better known as The Armory Show, opened in New York City.  It was fully loaded with over 1300 modern artworks by more than 300 artists from Europe and America.  Mere style and technique would challenge the sensibilities of the norm and spur a sea change in…

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Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan: humor, humility, and staying true to your roots

“If I could go back in time and talk to my fifteen-year-old self, I would say ‘Smile a little, talk to people, and don’t be such a sheltered little nerd’.” Usually you don’t hear such honest self-reflection from anyone, let alone a world famous Hollywood producer, director, and writer! But Vince Gilligan is no ordinary…

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Rembrandt film deflates the vane and vacuous

Perhaps the greatest painter in European art, Rembrandt van Rijn also became the namesake of a particular style of cinematic lighting used often in Film Noirs and most any moody set piece. Therefore, it should be of no surprise that the brash Baroque artist made for a compelling subject in Alexander Korda’s 1936 British film…

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Art Direction in the 1963 epic, ‘Cleopatra’

This Saturday morning, 12/10/11, journalist and interior designer Cathy Whitlock will appear in-person at VMFA with a showing of the colossal 1963 motion picture, Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor. You are invited to see Ms. Taylor, a former Virginia resident and the last of the grand movie stars, in her most iconic role for a very…

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“Greatest Movie Ever Made” to Play at VMFA

In 1963, a motion picture production ballooned into a behemoth extravaganza the likes of which filmdom had never seen. The elements were worthy of classic tragedy: overweening hubris, colossal blundering, a strong scent of scandal, an astonishing lack of shame, and somewhere in there was some astounding filmmaking. This was the spectacle of Cleopatra made…

Chaplin’s Circus synonymous with cinema

If there is one iconic image that signifies “Cinema” it is Charlie Chaplin in his Little Tramp costume shuffling down the road into the sunset. It is a form that has taken on logo status as an all-telling symbol of motion pictures. This figure, spanning many generations, means MOVIES. As the first international super star…

Picasso Served Up in Rich Cinematic Terms

What is it about Merchant Ivory films that make them so handsome and erudite and yet so entertaining and giving? It is the touch that the team of Producer Ismail Merchant, Director James Ivory, and Screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has treated audiences to for decades. This critic grieves that there be no one in this…

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Julian Schnabel & Pablo Picasso

Julian Schnabel, known for films like Basquiat and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, will be discussing his own art and Picasso’s, both currently on display at the museum. Describing himself as primarily a painter, Schnabel has followed Picasso’s example, establishing himself in the art world by intelligently reinterpreting the old masters and confidently asserting…