Respite

[Edited for link rot, 7/26/15]

I just graded the last forty papers and I am too tired to post, but because of exhaustion, my resistance to historical drama was low and I started watching “The Impressionists,” which I have been avoiding for fear that my hate for Monet and impressionist painting would make me hate Mr. Armitage for taking this role. I am pleasantly surprised, mostly because he is so smiley in this film (despite the many sad points in the story). This is kind of what I needed today: no angst, no insecurity, no brooding–a tall, reasonably confident heterosexual male who galumphs around, regularly expresses his delight in things, and lights up the screen. This picture of episode 2 exemplifies what I needed to see Armitage doing today:

Maybe I haven’t seen enough of his work yet, but my general impression has been that he doesn’t do joy well. Seeing this made me think I am wrong about that, and I am grateful.

~ by Servetus on March 5, 2010.

6 Responses to “Respite”

  1. Congratulations for this new great place!

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  2. I haven’t seen this yet, but I long to!
    You really don’t like Impressionism? And Monet? Well, I’m no art critic, but I have always loved that style of painting, as well as the Group of Seven. Most of the modern art leaves me cold!
    Glad this movie cheered you up!

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  3. Thanks to you both for being among the first commenters!

    Phylly3, I study an earlier period of history and I stop really enjoying western art around 1650. I’ve also always felt that Monet is overmarketed. One thing I enjoyed about what I have seen so far is seeing some of Monet’s painting besides the lilies and the facade of the cathedral. By the way, you can watch most of it on youtube.

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  4. Do you think, though, that the script (The Impressionists) didn’t offer a truly compelling storyline or scope for character-developing? Will have to watch again, and possibly re-think that.

    Phylly3: I’m also a student of earlier history (mediaeval), as well as art history. Pity that Monet-marketing focuses on those lilies. Rouen Cathedral and Haystacks are more interesting!

    fitzg

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  5. Actually, one reason I didn’t originally prioritize watching it was because of the documentary qualities (I was dreading someone voicing over Monet’s history and Mr. Armitage performing a pantomime). Maybe I am prejudiced, but those were some of the most compelling scenes, as above, the scene where Monet runs out to the beach to glimpse the sun. I definitely think there are limits, but any script is going to set limits to character development for the actors, and I don’t think fiction is different from non-fiction in that regard.

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  6. […] worth a relisten — even though I am on record as not admiring Monet as a person and not liking impressionist painting at all. There’s this disarming moment when he’s asked what he knew about Monet before playing […]

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