7 Movies Every Graphic Designer Should Watch

7 Movies Every Graphic Designer Should Watch

Films have always been a great resource of inspiration for some graphic designers. They provide beautiful visual designs, which designers can use to create their design concepts. 

Other than this, some biography movies feature life stories and struggles of famous creatives. This kind of movie fills the artist with inspiration and motivation. 

The following 10 movies about artists include real stories, as well as some of the best art documentaries. 

01. Frida (2002)

This is a biopic of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, describing the professional and private life of the legendary artist. The movie won two Academy Awards for the best make and best score. 

Directed by the creator of The Lion King – starring Salma Hayek as Frida and Alfred Molina as painter Diego Rivera, the film is visually alluring. 

02. At Eternity’s Gate (2018)

If you are an artist, Van Gogh should be a familiar name to you. Most famous for his masterpiece painting – Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh is the genius of a tormented painter, who suffered from mental illness in his last years of life. 

This film is directed by Julian Schnabel, who also happens to be a painter. The movie revolves around Van Gogh’s art and the role it played in his life, rather than his mental illness and poverty. 

03. Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present (2012)

This film is one of the best art documentaries, which follows Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović as she prepares for her retrospective show at The MoMA. 

Alongside recreations and video documentations of Marina’s earlier work, the movie also features her newest work presented at the MoMA retrospective, the film’s namesake. 

04. Mr. Turner (2014)

Beautifully showcasing the work of Romantic British painter William Turner, the film is based on the last 25 years of his life, when he was already an established artist. 

With Timothy Spall’s spell-bounding performance, the film narrates the painter’s loss of his father, his complex love life, and his social circles of fellow artists. 

05. Maudie (2016)

Maudie presents the story of Canadian folk artist, Maud Lewis.  struggling with arthritis and betrayed by her family, the artist, lives with a fish peddler as a housekeeper. 

Both of them are social outcasts and very different individuals in their own ways. The film narrates the love story that developed between them. 

06. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

This film uncovers the story of the previously anonymous female photographer, Vivian Maier, whose works were first purchased by one of the movie’s directors in an auction.  

From there, Vivian’s work quickly gained attention on social media. Her work went on to receive acclaimed critical and was showcased in exhibitions, and a crowdfunding campaign was carried out to make this photography documentary. 

07. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

American artist Edward Hopper’s famous paintings are reproduced on film with paying meticulous attention to design and lighting. 

This film is based on 13 of Edward Hopper’s paintings but stays away from the artist’s biography and personality.

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