Mr. Turner – Monday Movie May 25

Mr Turner
(Biography, Drama, History; 150 min)

Director: Mike Leigh
Writer: Mike Leigh
Stars: Timothy Spall
When: Monday May 25 7:30 at Massey Theatre – tickets at the door $9.

Review:
An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner’s life.

Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

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