From IMDB: 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 whom he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito with 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.
Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner", is a 2.5 hour movie that completely fascinated me, the time just flew right by. Mr. Turner's life and paintings are depicted with such amazing realism; I felt exactly how this man's art was inspired by his feelings about the world around him. This film contains so many wonderful moments, and the cinematography is truly breathtaking. The characters are absolutely convincing, I felt like I actually visited 1850's England. Timothy Spall's portrayal of Mr. Turner is amazing. He embodies the painter to the very last brush stroke. Equally marvelous are everybody else in the cast, especially his love interest, Mrs. Booth (Marion Bailey). If you are interested in paintings and the lives of famous artists, Victorian England, or just love great films in general, you won't want to miss this one.
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