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Mr. Turner 2014 12

140 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh’s exultant cinematic portrait of the artist Joseph Mallord William Turner is both a luminous tribute to the master of light and a fascinating study of a man who attained greatness while resisting convention.

Eschewing the traditional form of the biopic, Leigh focuses on Turner as a bumptious middle-aged man and traces the last 25 years of his life when his painting was transitioning from representation to the more atmospheric, impressionist work for which he is renowned. Timothy Spall, who won best actor at Cannes Film Festival, is outstanding as the fierce titular subject whose brutish interiority is seemingly at odds with the romanticism of his work. Regular Leigh collaborator Dick Pope’s glorious widescreen cinematography pays full tribute to an artist whose paintings evoked the moving image before there was cinema.

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Directed by

Mike Leigh

Featuring

Timothy Spall

Dorothy Atkinson

Marion Bailey

Paul Jesson

Genres

Historical drama Biopic

Collection

Best Films of 2015 Cannes Film Festival Oscars - Best Cinematography Festival Favourites The Arts on Film

Certificate

12 moderate sex, sex references

Released

2014

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Channel Four Television Corporation

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