Foreign Film: Cézanne et Moi

05/24/2017, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

$9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid id/Free with VIP Film Pass. map


On the shortlist for the French submission for the 89th annual Academy Awards, Cézanne et Moi traces the parallel paths of the lives, careers and passionate friendship of post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Emile Zola. The two boys grew up in Aix-en-Provence. Emile was fatherless and poor. Paul came from a wealthy family. As young men, dreaming of glory and beautiful women, they left the south to conquer the art scene in Paris. Soon Emile had it all, success, money, and the perfect wife, and embraced the very bourgeoisie he mocked in his books. Meanwhile, Cézanne rejected the Parisian scene to focus only on his work, ignored by his peers and the establishment.

Says New York Times film critic Stephen Holden, “The film, an intimate, searching portrait of the turbulent friendship between the two geniuses directed by Danièle Thompson, completely avoids the tone of pious reverence typically adopted in stories about famous artists and writers. Instead it focuses on the insecurity, competitiveness and complicated love lives of these two ambitious men of opposite temperament. Anyone who has spent much time in artistic and literary circles will recognize that this is how it is even today.”

Cézanne et Moi is presented in conjunction with the exhibition A Feast for the Eyes: 200 Years of American Still-Life Painting from the Hevrdejs Collection, on view April 22 – July 30. Paul Cézanne was a major influence on many of the artists included in the exhibition, including Max Weber and Stanton MaDonald-Wright.

Director: Danièle Thompson | France | 2016 | 117 minutes | Rated R

$9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.


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