Tuesday, March 8, 2011

An evening of film about art

Can artistic obsession drive someone to madness? Was sculptor Camille Claudel right to think that her famous mentor had exploited her talent? Those are only two of the questions raised by the impassioned French movie Camille Claudel.
Join artist Sandra Kaplan and me at 6:30 p.m. Thursday March 10 at the Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant Street, for Art Goes To The Movies, a look at director Bruno Nuytten's portrait of the neglected 19-20th century artist whose affair with Auguste Rodin may have left her emotionally destroyed.

Isabelle Adjani portrays Claudel and Gerard Depardieu plays Rodin. Nuytten infuses his 1988 film with a passionate urgency that befits its subject. Discussion and popcorn follow a showing of the film. All are welcome. $12 members of the League, $15 non-members.

And, by the way, that' a photo of the real Claudel on top of a picture of Adjani as Claudel. Adjani makes herself look more like Claudel than the photo suggests.

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