A film by Mike Leigh
Cast: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson
It is the life towards the end of the controversial and eccentric British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). Turner traveled extensively all over Europe before returning to England to be with his housekeeper and his wife. After the death of his father who is was proudly marked he find companionship with a woman in Chelsea where he died.
Here is a masterfully directed film By Leigh. It is a master piece. Tim Spall was nominated for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival. Turner had this grunt, he was blunt, selfish, sometimes cold-hearted, but he was a sensitive artist. He was obsessed with creating the greatest art. He was generous giving money to artist who needed it. He has a sexual relationship with his house keeper. He didn’t know how to relate to women. He was a head of his time, moving from a classical style to visionary, impressionistic marine landscapes and sunsets which were ridiculed at first by conventional critics and the public. They even made a play of him and ridiculed his arts, unfortunately he was there to see it. Spall incarnated Turner with his creative energy, the obsession that turner had, recreating the canvas right in front of his eyes, color is the most important thing.Turner had an estranged mistress, daughters and granddaughter whom he ignores, they demanded money but he would have it. He had other interest in a woman who did not know his real name. This is an extraordinary film that brings alive the artist, and Spall has done a terrific job at it. The cinematography is magnificent, Breath-taking. An other genius that came alive on-screen.