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Afterimage (2016)
Afterimage (2016)
Original name: Powidoki
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Poland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In 1945, as Stalin sets his hands over Poland, famous painter Wladislaw Strzeminski refuses to compromise on his art with the doctrines of social realism. Persecuted, expelled from his chair at the University, he's eventually erased from the museums' walls. With the help of some of his students, he starts fighting against the Party and becomes the symbol of an artistic resistance against intellectual tyranny.
Style: avant garde, twist ending, exciting, sentimental, captivating, educational film, ambiguous ending
Plot: art, painting, artist, legal system, censorship, father daughter relationship, professor, teacher student relationship, sculpture, one legged man, loss of mother, communism, life, josef stalin, job, human, resistance, community, a vision, chance, rejection, physical disability, painter, student, handicapped ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, year 1950, 1950s, year 1952, year 1948
Place: poland

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, captivating, serious and melancholic films with plots about art, artist, painting, painter, nudity (full frontal - brief), performer's life and mentor mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Afterimage: The Dreamlife of David L (2014), General Nil (2009), Danton (1983), The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), Sin (2019). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Dreamlife of David L (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 77 min.
Story: “The Dreamlife of David L.“ is a fictional feature film that takes inspiration from a key point in the life of director David Lynch: the time he spent as a student in a fine arts college. Initially attracted to painting, David Lynch ends up ...
Style: captivating, avant garde
Plot: art school, painting, student, art student, art, school, rising to stardom, historical character, life, lifestyle, historical figure, dreaming ...
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General Nil (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Poland
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Generał Nil is a Polish historical film, based on the life of general Emil August Fieldorf, pseudonym "Nil". The film was directed by Ryszard Bugajski and was released in 2009.
Style: captivating, exciting, suspenseful, serious
Plot: army general, trial, court, moral dilemma, secret service, imprisonment, communism, assassination, arrest, interrogation, post war, death sentence ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 50s
Place: siberia, poland
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Danton (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Poland
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Danton and Robespierre were close friends and fought together in the French Revolution, but by 1793 Robespierre was France's ruler, determined to wipe out opposition with a series of mass executions that became known as the Reign of Terror. ...
Style: talky, epic, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: french revolution, revolution, political unrest, politics, idealism, death row, intrigue, rebellion, french history, rebelliousness, royal family, holocaust ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1790s, 1930s
Place: france, paris france, poland, europe, spain ...
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The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone's novel ...
Style: epic, uplifting, serious, atmospheric, inspirational ...
Plot: painter, genius, architect, sculpture, artist, painting, infidelity, historical figure, life & death, pope, hard labor, standoff ...
Time: renaissance, 16th century, 60s, 1960s, 1500s
Place: italy, vatican, europe, rome italy
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Sin (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia, Italy
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The life of Michelangelo Buonarroti.
Style: uplifting, intellectual, captivating, sentimental, inspirational
Audience: family outing
Plot: misery, fight, sculptor, power struggle, painter, wealthy family, genius, talent, architect, art school, sculpture, pregnant woman ...
Time: renaissance, 16th century
Place: florence, italy, florence italy
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Mr. Turner (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper bears an unrequited love for him.
Style: sincere, captivating, enigmatic, surreal, meditative ...
Plot: painter, estrangement, ambition, couple relations, love and romance, society, elderly, aging, painting, eccentricity, art, character study ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1840s, 1830s ...
Place: london, england, holland
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Seraphine (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The tragic story of French naïve painter Séraphine Louis aka Séraphine de Senlis (1864-1942), a humble servant who becomes a gifted self-taught painter. Discovered by prominent critic and collector William Uhde, she came to prominence between the ...
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, based on true events, surprise ending ...
Plot: art collector, painter, art, artist, painting, lifestyle, mental illness, anti conformity, art dealer, maid, fame, art exhibition ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 20s, pre world war one ...
Place: france, europe
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Painted Fire (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The struggles of an artist. Jang Seung-up (1843-1897), also called Owon, focusing on the years 1882 to 1897, when Korea was in political upheaval, caught between China and Japan, the conservative dynasty dying, and peasant revolt at hand. Jang, born ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sentimental, melancholic
Plot: politics, power relations, human spirit, actor's life, ambition, rise to the top, hopes, alcohol abuse, social differences, rich and poor, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, turn of the century ...
Place: korea, japan, asia, south korea, china ...
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Pollock (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" The film is a look back into the life of an extraordinary man, a man who has ...
Style: based on true events, emotional, inspirational, intellectual, atmospheric ...
Plot: painter, artist, alcohol abuse, art, painting, bohemian life, rise and fall, supportive spouse, addiction, lifestyle, self destructing, ambition ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, long island, greenwich village manhattan new york city
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Cezanne and I (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: They loved each other with the ardor of thirteen-year-old boys. Rebellion and curiosity, hopes and doubts, girls and dreams of glory – they shared it all. Paul was rich, Emile poor. They went skinny-dipping, drank absinthe, starved, only to ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, realistic, captivating, factual ...
Plot: friendship, painting, painter, artist, portrait painting, nude painting, novelist, portrait, art, infidelity, end of friendship, seaside ...
Time: 1890s, 1870s, 19th century, 1860s, 1880s
Place: south of france, paris france, europe, france
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Pirosmani (1969)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union, Georgia
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A dedicated artist from Russian Georgia struggles to get recognition.
Plot: painting, art
Place: russia
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Goya's Ghosts (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, captivating, factual, intense ...
Plot: french, prostitute, lifestyle, life is a bitch, rape, prison, period piece, heresy, spanish inquisition, arrest, society, hunting ...
Time: 18th century, 1800s, 19th century
Place: spain, madrid
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At Eternity's Gate (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, Switzerland, UK, France, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him.
Style: melancholic, touching, psychological, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: painter, loneliness, brother brother relationship, insanity, art gallery, art, painting, artistic creation, anguish, mental illness, artist, obsession ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: france, paris france
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Blind Chance (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: train, destiny, politics, chance, airplane, infidelity, self discovery, polish, militant, couples, espionage, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 70s
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Woman in Gold (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II, she believes rightfully belongs to her family. She did so not just to regain ...
Style: based on true events, captivating, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: holocaust, injustice, art theft, legal action, art, lawyer, stolen painting, courtroom drama, legal, fighting the system, life is a bitch, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: austria, vienna, los angeles, washington d.c., usa ...
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Klimt (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Austria, France, Germany, UK
Duration: 131 min.
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Style: thought provoking, stylized, based on true events, realistic, serious ...
Plot: painter, artist, obsession, prodigy, ambition, lifestyle, sexual relations, against the rules, society, painting, dying, dying man ...
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Francofonia (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Master filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) transforms a portrait of the world-renowned museum into a magisterial, centuries-spanning reflection on the relation between art, culture and power.
Style: exciting, enigmatic, suspense, suspenseful, semi documentary
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Time: 1940s, year 1939, year 1972, year 1918, year 1967 ...
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Monstrum (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Movie about a sculptor Otakar Svec who is building a statue of Stalin in Prague.
Style: retro
Plot: josef stalin, memorial, european history, sculptor, husband wife relationship, communist, monument, suicide, czech history, statue, artist, moral dilemma ...
Time: 1950s, 50s
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A Harlot's Progress (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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Duration: 120 min.
Story: Drama looking at artist William Hogarth and his relationship with the prostitute that inspired his most famous piece.
Style: captivating, emotional, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Plot: prostitute, starvation, adultery, dominatrix, jail, brothel, couples, reform, husband wife relationship, painter, kept woman, brothel madam ...
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The Last Emperor (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, China, Italy, France
Duration: 163 min.
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Plot: emperor, suicide attempt, communism, world war two, arranged marriage, childhood, breast feeding, teacher, arson, empress, divorce, confession ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, 50s, 1910s ...
Place: china, asia, beijing china, japan
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Frida (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
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Style: colourful, stylized, serious, sincere, emotional ...
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Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 20th century, 20s ...
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Man of Iron (1981)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Poland
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In Warsaw in 1980, the Communist Party sends Winkel, a weak, alcoholic TV hack, to Gdansk to dig up dirt on the shipyard strikers, particularly on Maciek Tomczyk, an articulate worker whose father was killed in the December 1970 protests. Posing as ...
Style: thought provoking, contemplative, realistic, serious
Plot: strike, working class, journalism, fighting the system, state affairs, workplace situations, against the odds, political unrest, political corruption, rebelliousness, idealism, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: poland, europe
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Andrei Rublev (1966)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 205 min.
Story: An expansive Russian drama, this film focuses on the life of revered religious icon painter Andrei Rublev. Drifting from place to place in a tumultuous era, the peace-seeking monk eventually gains a reputation for his art. But after Rublev witnesses ...
Style: atmospheric, epic, gloomy, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: monk, christianity, artist, monastery, human spirit, social misfits, invasion, hopes, youth, prince, painting, bell ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages, 1400s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Artemisia (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the story of her youth, when she was guided and protected by her father, the painter Orazio Gentileschi. Her professional curiosity about the male ...
Style: factual, sexy, sexual, erotic, stylized ...
Plot: loss of virginity, defloration, virginity, virgin, painter, first sexual experience, first sex, artists and showbiz, performer's life, sexual abuse, love affair, life is a bitch ...
Time: 17th century, renaissance, 1600s, 70s
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
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Walesa: Man of Hope (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Poland
Duration: 127 min.
Story: How was it possible that a single man influenced contemporary world so significantly? This film is an attempt to capture the phenomenon of a common man’s metamorphosis into a charismatic leader — an attempt to see how a Gdansk shipyard ...
Style: captivating, realistic, psychological, humorous, gloomy ...
Plot: revolution, fighting the system, rebellion, ambition, politics, leadership, rivalry, righting the wronged, disorder, rebelliousness, against the odds, idealism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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My Left Foot (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be ...
Style: sincere, captivating, uplifting, biting, thought provoking ...
Plot: handicapped, cerebral palsy, poet, disability, irish, human spirit, paralysis, working class, artist, painting, family relations, leg ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
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Christmas Cottage (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Inspired by the picturesque paintings of Thomas Kinkade, The Christmas Cottage tells the semi-autobiographical tale of how a young boy is propelled to launch a career as an artist after he learns that his mother is in danger of losing the family ...
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, suspense, melancholic ...
Plot: christmas, prodigy, family relations, performer's life, college life, unfulfillment, tragic hero, youth, painting, ex husband ex wife relationship, mentor, artist ...
Time: 70s
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Fever (1981)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Poland
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The film is set in 1905, in a time of feverish revolutionary underground activity in Poland partitioned between three neighbours. All the characters are committed anarchists. The bomb maker puts an invention together to place it at the disposal of ...
Plot: female director, politics, terrorism, violence, prison, undercover, corruption, police, revolt, tragic event, mental breakdown, male female relationship
Place: poland
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Basquiat (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Director Julian Schnabel illustrates the portrait of his friend, the first African-American pop artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who unfortunately died at a young age and just as he was beginning to make a name for himself in the art world. Alongside the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, captivating, realistic, factual ...
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Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
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Paula (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 123 min.
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