DVD - 1997 | French
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The story of Artemisia Gentileschi who defied social conventions to become one of the well-known female painters.
Audience: Must be 18 YEARS OR OLDER to borrow this item.
OFRB rating: Restricted.
Publisher: Burbank : Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [1997]
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9780788832048
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Artem
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm
Language Note: In French with English subtitles.


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Oct 18, 2017

She is without a doubt... the daughter of a painter.


I'll never get anywhere if I can't paint naked men.
-Artemisia. It's the Papal Father, not your father... who forbids women to paint male anatomy.
I'm forbidden half of art!
- You want to go to jail? Or send your father there?

Look how the back muscle... crosses your side... and joins your thigh muscles. It's less visible in girls.

They're jealous of a girl... who has the talent of a man.

Oct 18, 2017

Why draw in a field, like a peasant?
-It's the latest fashion in Florence, or so she says.


He reproduced... every crease... every wrinkle.
-A Biblical character... with wrinkles and defects doesn't please everyone. Caravaggio has had problems because of that. He shows us a beheading... as if it were like slicing bread.
Quiet. We say too much in front of paintings.

I think she's a prodigy. She betters all the others in my studio.
- The Academy does not accept girls.
I said she paints like a man.

Oct 18, 2017

He's too long. It looks ridiculous.
-It's deliberate. High up on the wall of the church... it will look normal. Look. Look from here. It seems less long. It must be like when you look between your legs. It's smaller than when you see it in a mirror.

A girl who paints? What courage, to try painting yourself. But it's a lost cause! Who is talented enough to render such beauty?

You've always painted your subjects from up close. But the world is vast. Relations between things are more complex. The frame gives order to our vision of the landscape. Cutting up the canvas like this... gives us the exact relations. Look how many faraway things... are contained in the squares above... and how few things are in those below.

Oct 18, 2017

All I see is land and water.
-You're not looking. Close your eyes.
I'm to learn painting with my eyes shut? You're some teacher!
- Close your eyes. Trust me. The earth invades the composition. It occupies... almost all of the center. It pushes the sky up to the upper two-thirds. On the horizon... the earth circumscribes the water. It holds it back. The water itself is... deep green in the distance, bluer near us. And the sun. The sun dances on the water, forming a mirrored path... which comes to meet us wherever we are. Open your eyes now.
Yes, the water is changing color. And the sun is a mirrored path coming towards us. It's true!


(To the maid) You're tanned.
We were outside, painting the horizon.
(To Artemisia) And you stayed in the shade?
I was under the parasol. It protects the canvases.

Oct 18, 2017

Is there a window in your cell? Tell me what you see from it.
-Two hills. One runs into the other. On one side... near the hill that's farther away... I can see a tree. Our eyes follow its branches up to the sky. Early in the afternoon... its dark green shadow... almost reaches a rock formation... strikingly white... a white too pure ever to be painted. It would seem to spurt from the canvas. In the evening... when the light begins to fade... my hills become greenish gray... and lose their depth... like paper cutouts.
Artemisia and Agostino. Who is the victim of whom?

Don't worry about me, Father. You gave me something no one can take away. You taught me to paint.
-No, I gave you the suffering you put into your paintings, not the talent.
You made things easier for me. You blocked the paths that might have diverted me from painting... had I remained a respectable woman.
-You've done a magnificent painting, a powerful one.
We say too much in front of paintings.


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Oct 18, 2017

This film is about a free spirited teenage female art prodigy and her sexual relationship with her teacher Tassi, a master of perspective painter. Regardless of its historic accuracy, the art scenes, personalities, sex and Artemisia Gentileschi (the victim, the painter and now a feminist icon) made fascinating and controversial drama.

Dec 23, 2014

It's just like the French to turn what was probably sexual assault into a romance. If only that it was the way it really happened!

Nov 03, 2012

Artemisia Gentileschi really was the first Florentine woman painter. This film is beautifully done but it's not a NICE story. Religion, politics and customs of the day put pay to NICE.

Nov 27, 2010

I was totally enthralled by this movie. Would love to own it!

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