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The film is 1.5 hours long. Subtitles are available in multiple languages and also (unusual for a TV-to-DVD production) there are previews of other films (most of them not so well-matched to this documentary) and a short "making of" special feature. The film is not rated but if it were, it would probably rate a PG-13 for occasional partially-nude scenes.
The cinematography is beautiful, the acting is high-quality, the dialog is good and of course, the paintings are beautiful: I just wish there had been even more examples of her art in the movie. If you're interested in Georgia O'Keefe in the slightest, you will enjoy this film. I recommend it.
I was stunned that the movie does not make the connection between her early life in Wisconsin and the way she saw the forms on the hillside there (later developed in New Mexico), or how the time alone in Texas before she met Stieglitz helped her develop her very own artistic style by digging deep into her own unconscious. There was no mention of what contemporary artists influenced her, or why she painted flowers "so big." There is not nearly enough focus on her life on her own in New Mexico, how or why she bought her own place there, became her own woman, and what she did after Stieglitz had passed away.
I understand a movie cannot show everything in a person's life, but I can't help but wonder what Georgia O'Keeffe would think about this movie: Where's the art? --Julie McCarty, Freelance writer
Summary: Unknown, turn of the century, artist Georgia O'Keeffe meets artsy, philandering, much older and married Alfred Stieglist who heavily promotes her to eventual fame and a fiery romance. He, of course, cheats, mistreats and manipulates her in a self-centered, petulant, controlling way. But she loves him, and spends the movie dealing with that while trying to discover her place in art.
We've travelled the last 3 years to the Santa Fe/Taos area; hit the museums, enjoyed her artwork immensely; this year we visited Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch, saw her house there. I wish they would have included more on that aspect of her life.
The actors are very good. Jeremy Irons is superb, brilliant! Joan Allen, whom my wife immediately said, "She's too old!"(true, O'Keeffe met Stieglitz when she was 29, Allen is 53-but such is Hollywood) does a fine job showing pain and compassion. Tyne Daly shines as her friend, but as much of the cast was way under-utilized. This story needed desperately to be a mini-series, only 89 minutes?
Researching their lives, the script appears, I would say, about 90% accurate. There are some major points that the filmmakers, as they often do, took liberties with the truth. One example, in the movie she shows shock at him exhibiting his private nude photos of her, but what I've read, she actually knew about it, and they both agreed to just leave her name off the prints.Read more ›
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Great to see the New Mexico landscape and Georgia O'Keefe early life versus just the painter.Published 28 days ago by CAS
I loved it but there was so much more that could have been said.Published 3 months ago by Mary Kennedy
Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons are just brilliant in this film. Tyne Daly is equally outstanding in a supporting, but, historically important role. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jorge
What I could watch of this c.d. I enjoyed - it was in a condition where only parts of the movie could be seen, and when I returned it to the company they refunded my payment... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good overview of her life and a great companion to the new novel "GEORGIA " a novel of Georgia O'Keefee by Dawn Trip. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Howard K. Pelton
A rich, deep view of the O'Keefe/Stieglitz relationship. . .primarily of its emotional toll on O'Keefe and its spill-over onto O'Keefe's work. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sefton