I went along to the Watershed yesterday afternoon to see Stanley Tucci’s film “Final Portrait”. It’s based on American art critic James Lord’s memoir of how Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) invited him to sit for him in Paris in 1964. Armie Hammer plays the part of young James Lord and Geoffrey Rush is simply superb as Giacometti (perhaps the film should have carried a warning along the lines of “several hundred cigarettes were consumed in the making of this film”!).
recounts the story of how what had originally been ”sitting for a portrait for
a few hours” ended up extending into days and then weeks (with Lord, flattered by
the attention, being forced to cancel and rearrange a series of flights back
home) as Giacometti is distracted by ruminations on art, death, money (not to
mention his lover)… regularly being frustrated and dissatisfied by what he was
producing (and frequently starting all over again).
comedy drama – sometimes quite touching – about an offbeat friendship amid the utter
chaos of the artistic, creative process. I particularly loved the stark visual contrast
between with the monochrome nature of the studio (which reminded me of Barbara
Hepworth’s studio in St Ives) and the colour of Parisian life.
It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but
I REALLY enjoyed the film… it’s worth seeing for Geoffrey Rush’s mesmerising performance
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