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Trailer for 4K Re-Release of 70s David Hockney Doc 'A Bigger Splash'

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June 10, 2019
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A Bigger Splash Doc Trailer

"There's times when I feel a bit alone as an artist. Truth is, very few artists are interested really in the ideas I am…" Metrograph Pictures has unveiled a new official trailer for the 4K restoration and re-release of the biographic 1970s documentary A Bigger Splash. Filmed over three years, originally released in 1974, the semi-fictional film is about artist David Hockney creating one of his most popular paintings. When his beautiful lover, Peter Schlesinger, decides to break up with him, it leaves David a complete emotional wreck. He suddenly finds himself unable to create anything, awash in depression & loneliness. He finds inspiration in his backyard swimming pool, and begins a portrait of it. "Hazan's film is too-little-seen masterpiece that begs revisiting for a number of reasons: it's both a time capsule of hedonistic gay life in the 1970s and an honest-yet-tender depiction of gay male romance that dispenses with the then-current narratives of self-hatred and self-pity." Sounds, and looks, like a must watch doc for any fans of Hockney and admirers of art.

Here's the new trailer for the 4K re-release of Jack Hazan's doc A Bigger Splash, direct from YouTube:

A Bigger Splash Doc Poster

A Bigger Splash Doc Poster 2019

When David Hockney's beautiful lover, Peter Schlesinger, breaks up with him, it leaves David a complete emotional wreck. An artist, he suddenly finds himself unable to create anything, and is awash in depression and loneliness. After a time, David is able to find inspiration in his backyard swimming pool, and he begins a portrait of it. This unique docudrama presents a semi-fictionalized account of the story behind one of Hockney's most popular paintings. From Metrograph: "Fascinated as so many have been by the mystery and allure of Hockney's art, Jack Hazan (also director of Rude Boy) spent three years shooting A Bigger Splash, an improvisatory narrative-nonfiction hybrid featuring Hockney, a wary participant, as well his circle of friends, many subjects of his portraits, including British textile designer Celia Birtwell, fashion designer Ossie Clark, curator Henry Geldzahler, gallerist John Kasmin, and artist Patrick Procktor." The film was first released in early 1974, after playing at the Chicago (in 1973) & New York Film Festivals. Metrograph will re-release Hazan's A Bigger Splash in select theaters starting June 21st later this month.

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8 Comments

1

I don't know, is it just my mood that I am in or maybe I could really watch this. Looking ok ...

shiboleth on Jun 10, 2019

2

Well, great, but why would I be interested in a film about the 'hedonistic gay life in the 1970s and an honest-yet-tender depiction of gay male romance'? I do find Hockney's paintings of interest and he's certainly carved a name for himself and would find a doc film about all his works interesting, but his lifestyle and celebrating that I've no interest. Who cares? He's an interesting artist. Period. I've lived in West Hollywood for years and in fact there was the huge 'gay pride' parade just yesterday so it's old stuff and hardly of interest...in other words, it's no big deal around this neck of the woods...lol...

thespiritbo on Jun 10, 2019

3

I should never read comments before I watch the trailers but I did and after reading yours I thought whoa, whoa, whoa! You're being a bit harsh aren't you? and then ... I saw the trailer and thought Oh, Ok, I totally see what you mean.

Charles Knowlton on Jun 12, 2019

4

...lol...thank god...I was reading your reply and thought...was I too harsh and now Charles is taking me to task for being so?...lol...then to my liking you understood and that's so much better...lol...Cheers, Charles. Thanks for your honesty...and most importantly...your agreement...that's a rare thing for me here on this site...lol...

thespiritbo on Jun 13, 2019

5

It's too bad because I am a fan of his work, at least years ago I was. Too be honest I haven't kept up with his work for the last decade or so but it's a bit of a letdown to get a chance to see a classic doc about a contemporary artist only to find out it's mainly about his love life. Not everyone's cup of tea for sure.

Charles Knowlton on Jun 13, 2019

6

...lol...well said and certainly not my cup of tea. I can't say I was ever a big fan of his paintings, but they were certainly unique and all his and totally different from anything else and I admire that...having a vision and creating it and bringing it too fruition.

thespiritbo on Jun 14, 2019

7

...lol...thank god...I was reading your reply and thought...was I too harsh and now Charles is taking me to task for being so?...lol...then to my liking you understood and that's so much better...lol...Cheers, Charles. Thanks for your honesty...and most importantly...your agreement...that's a rare thing for me here on this site...lol...

thespiritbo on Jun 13, 2019

8

Some of this stuff is okay, but mostly...meh.

DAVIDPD on Jun 12, 2019

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