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Art Films @ The Civic… Literally

Co-Sponsored by Touchstones Nelson and Oxygen Art Centre, The Civic theatre is proud to present three screen presentations for the art lover.

Opening Friday, Jan. 16, Tim Burton’s latest Big Eyes (rated PG) is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams, Golden Globe winner of best lead actress in a comedy for the role). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. BIG EYES centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work.

On Monday, Jan. 26, Vermeer and Music hits the bigger than life screen. Part of the Exhibition on Screen series, this on film exhibition at The National Gallery, London, offers a fresh look at one of the most startling and fascinating artists of all – Johannes Vermeer, painter of the famous Girl with a Pearl Earring.   The National Gallery chose to focus on Vermeer’s relationship with music.   It is one of the most popular themes of Dutch painting and reveals an enormous amount about the sitter and the society they lived in.  New research, revealed for the first time at this exhibition, showed how his technique and materials affected Vermeer’s works.

Tim Marlow goes beyond the exhibition to tell the entire story of Vermeer’s life – and, in doing so, shows in fabulous HD detail many other of the artist’s captivating works.

And finally, Mike Leigh, a treasure of British cinema brings the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) to life on the screen. Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.  Mr. Turner (rated PG) plays on Thurs. Feb. 12. – 97% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!


bigeyes_largeBig Eyes
Fri. Jan. 16 @ 9:30, Sat. Jan. 17 @ 7, Sun. Jan. 18 @ 7 & Tues. Jan. 20 @ 9:30
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vermeer and musicVermeer and Music
Mon. Jan. 26 @ 7pm

Mr-Turner-affischMr. Turner
Thurs. Feb. 12 @ 7:30