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Trailers for Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner, JMW Turner biopic
Mr. Turner is an upcoming film — recently debuted at Cannes, and set for release in the fall of 2014 — based on the last 25 years in the life of the renowned British “painter of light”, JMW Turner.

The film is directed by Mike Leigh, who has apparently wanted to do a film on Turner for some time, and stars Timothy Spall as the eccentric (and not necessarily likable) artist.

Rather than a historical novelization, or a story spun off from characters in a painting, this appears to be a genuine biopic — and by initial accounts, a very good one at that.

There is an official trailer, as well as a clip from a sequence in which Turner visits the preparations for the Royal Academy exhibition. The latter, I think, is even more interesting than the official trailer. I love the recreation of the Exhibition Room at Somerset House (of which you can see Thomas Rowlandson’s drawing here).

The screen captures above are from both the trailer and the clip. The painting to which Turner applies a daring touch of red at the last minute (as you can read here) is Helvoetsluys; – the City of Utrecht, 64, Going to Sea, currently in the collection of the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum. (I’ve added an image of the painting from the Tate page at the bottom; it’s not a frame from the film.)

Evidentially, the director has attempted to recreate several of the scenes that inspired some of Turner’s famous paintings, including The Fighting Temeraire (above, frames two and three).

Looking forward to this one.

[Via The Guardian]


6 responses to “Trailers for Mr. Turner

  1. Thanks for posting this! I ran across a thumbnail image of it on a site reviewing Cannes films and instantly recognized it as Turner. Couldn’t find the link to the trailer at the time and vowed I’d hunt it down this weekend. It looks fantastic.

    The second clip is staged and acted like theatre (over acting, gestures, camera ramains far back, un-cut sequences) and it’s really, really interesting. The trailer suggests that doesn’t happen for the whole movie, so maybe it’s a comment on the RA’s exhibiton itself? As theatre?

  2. Waiting for this like my kids were waiting for Godzilla.

    1. Now there’s a cross-over.

  3. Ælle Avatar

    If any of you, Charley and his dear readers, should happen to be or to visit PORTLAND ART MUSEUM at 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205,this is the link not to miss out on “Seeing Nature”.
    Wish I could!
    Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection

    OCT 2015 – JAN 2016

    The Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum and and the Paul G. Allen Family Collection are co-organizing a major exhibition exploring the evolution of European and American landscape painting. Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection will feature some 40 paintings from five centuries of masterpieces drawn from the collection of Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen.

    1. Looks great, Ælle. Thanks.

  4. That crossover’s really one I would eagerly await. 😀