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A Bigger Splash

Part of our Culture Vulture series. For more screenings and information, visit: www.laemmle.com/culturevulture.

The painter David Hockney is thrown into a personal crisis during a protracted breakup with Peter Schlesinger, his longtime lover and an American ten years his junior.

Shuttling back-and-forth chronologically through the years 1971-73, A Bigger Splash shows the now-established thirtysomething Hockney hounded by dealer John Kasmin to produce more paintings, lured towards America by the New York curator Henry Geldzahler, and encouraged by friends like painter Patrick Procktor and the power couple Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell, all while his assistant Mo McDermott frets over him.

Hockney rushes to finish his Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) in time for a New York showing and to overcome the sorrow of the end of his affair with Schlesinger, all of which coincides with the decisive end of the Swinging London Youthquake, when he and his no longer young friends first found fame. Hockney’s social circle and the imaginary worlds of his canvases blend together as Jack Hazan’s unprecedented film progresses, creating an endlessly beguiling, deeply melancholic study of an artist and his milieu.

Opening at

Playhouse 7 on Jul 22nd
Royal on Jul 22nd
Town Center 5 on Jul 22nd
Claremont 5 on Jul 22nd

Genre: Culture Vulture
Runtime: 106 min
Language: English

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