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A Bigger Splash
A Bigger Splash
Actors: David Hockney, Peter Schlesinger (II), Celia Birtwell, Mo McDermott, Henry Geldzahler
Director: Jack Hazan
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2006     1hr 45min

One of the strangest, most original and visually provocative films, A BIGGER SPLASH is a "captivating, shimmeringly beautiful" film (L.A. Times) featuring British artist David Hockney. — 1971: David Hockney is well on his w...  more »


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Actors: David Hockney, Peter Schlesinger (II), Celia Birtwell, Mo McDermott, Henry Geldzahler
Director: Jack Hazan
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/18/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/1975
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1975
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Movie Reviews

Beautiful Art
B. Smith | Santa Cruz, CA, USA | 04/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is a visual delight. If the veiwer can ignore the sometimes self indulgent retelling of Hockney's love life, he/she will be impressed with the true magnificence of his work. Also worth a view for a glimpse of Patrick Procktor's painting. This movie is a must-see if you're an admirer of Hocknney's art: his life seems a manifestation of his art."
Non anamorphic hockney
B. Abel | 05/13/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Whilst the movie is a fascinating period piece, prospective buyers should be aware that it is a non anamorphic transfer which is unforgivable for a new release DVD in 2006."
Some Insights into the Creative Process of David Hockney
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 08/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Jack Hazan's quasi-documentary A BIGGER SPLASH is an unfocused examination about the creative life of David Hockney and supposedly about the effect of his past relationship with his pupil Peter Schlesinger (an artist, sculptor, and photographer who Hockney not only enjoyed as a lover but as a disciple). The précis appears to be that Hockney, in the throes of disappointment about the dissolution of his affair with Peter, decides to move to California where he has already been established as a painter of California people and places.

In London we meet his friends - Celia Birtwell, the elegantly stylishly beautiful model Hockney used repeatedly, dress designer Ossie Clark, confidant Mo McDermott, and patron Henry Geldzahler - each of whom Hockney painted and drew. We watch as Hockney visits the galleries and admires works of his friends, how he paints in his studio, how he relates to his gallerists (like Paul Kasmin), and how he perceives men and other artists.

Peter Schlesinger figures prominently in the film with many episodes of Peter's swimming in the pools of the people Hockney would eventually immortalize. He is a fine presence and carries his silent role well - almost appearing as a ghost muse that keeps Hockney focused on his now infamous swimming pool paintings.

The magic of this film, for those to whom Hockney is a well known and important painter, is the visual recreation of the paintings that have made him so famous: we are allowed to see Celia and her husband with white cat in context with the canvas, the view of Peter staring into the pool at an under water swimmer, the woman and her animal heads who appears in another of Hockney's famous paintings at poolside, etc. This kind of cinematic background is valuable now and will prove invaluable to the archives of David Hockney. For those people this is a must-see film, despite its meandering technique and choppy editing. For others, it may seem too self-indulgent. Grady Harp, August 06"
I liked it.
Bill Michael | Elizabethtown, KY USA | 09/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is not true that the film made a horrible transfer to DVD. The quality is wonderful, especially for a film that was made in the 70's. In fact, I'd say it was a labor of love for whomever processed the original prints. This is a film about David Hockney so there's no chase scene. I can only speculate that since he is an artist, and artists are a little different from the rest of us, this film is a little different from what you might expect. I think Peter Schlesinger is very pretty and I would like to have gotten to know him better but the film never peers into his personality, and I think that is intentional. I find David Hockney much more attractive in that he is warm, funny, artfully clever, and human. Whether you buy it or rent it, I think you'll get something out of it if you want to know something about David Hockney."