7.0/10
71
1 user 18 critic

Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait (2017)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 5 May 2017 (USA)
Trailer
2:08 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

A look at the personal life and public career of New York artist Julian Schnabel.

Director:

Pappi Corsicato

Writer:

Pappi Corsicato
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Berlin (2007)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Lou Reed's 2006 live concert performance of his 1973 concept album "Berlin", filmed over five nights at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.

Director: Julian Schnabel
Stars: Lou Reed, Fernando Saunders, Sharon Jones
Basquiat (1996)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.

Director: Julian Schnabel
Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro
Miral (2010)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.

Director: Julian Schnabel
Stars: Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Willem Dafoe
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas.

Director: Julian Schnabel
Stars: Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Olatz López Garmendia
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An art world upstart, provocative and elusive artist Maurizio Cattelan made his career on playful and subversive works that send up the artistic establishment, until a retrospective at the ... See full summary »

Director: Maura Axelrod
Stars: Rosemary Melene
Human Flow (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Human Flow is director and artist Ai Weiwei's detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis.

Director: Weiwei Ai
Stars: Israa Abboud, Hiba Abed, Rami Abu Sondos
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

Director: Julian Schnabel
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while... See full summary »

Director: Tamra Davis
Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.

Director: Julian Schnabel
Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze
Spielberg (TV Movie 2017)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary on the life and career of one of the most influential film directors of all time, Steven Spielberg.

Director: Susan Lacy
Stars: Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Richard Dreyfuss
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

This documentary chronicles the life of Polish-American artist Stanislav Szukalski (1893-1987) from his early years in Chicago, to his time in Poland and Los Angeles, and his artistic and political contributions to the world.

Director: Irek Dobrowolski
Stars: Stanislav Szukalski, Glenn Bray, Robert Williams
Director: Stefano Mordini
Stars: Riccardo Scamarcio, Valerio Mastandrea, Laura Chiatti
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Mathieu Amalric ... Himself
Laurie Anderson ... Herself
Hector Babenco ... Himself
Jean Michel Basquiat ... Himself (archive footage)
Bono ... Himself
Mary Boone Mary Boone ... Herself - Gallerist
Jean-Claude Carrière ... Himself
Anne Consigny ... Herself
Willem Dafoe ... Himself
Jeff Koons ... Himself
Al Pacino ... Himself
Lou Reed ... Himself (archive footage)
Julian Schnabel ... Himself
Stella Schnabel Stella Schnabel ... Herself
Vito Schnabel Vito Schnabel ... Himself
Edit

Storyline

A look at the personal life and public career of New York artist Julian Schnabel.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Julian Schnabel - Portret prywatny See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,103

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,103
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Buena Onda See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Before Night Falls (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
on his own terms
11 May 2017 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Do you believe in destiny? Whether you do or you don't, it's difficult to argue that Julian Schnabel was born to be anything other than an artist. Director Pappi Corsicato's final cut is as much a tribute to an artist he obviously admires as it is a biography of the pajama wearing cultural influencer.

Schnabel was raised in far south Texas, but according to his sister, a difficult child birth in Brooklyn set the stage for his being "special". In fact, director Corsicato interviews Schnabel's siblings, 5 of his kids, his 2 ex-wives, art experts and friends, and celebrity admirers like Willem Dafoe, Al Pacino and Bono. These interviews are blended with home movies, personal photographs, and clips of Schnabel working, playing and talking about his work and life.

The constant praise for Schnabel is only periodically sprinkled with minor nicks that are apparent should one read between the lines, but this is meant to be documented proof of a career that exploded after a 1979 show at the Mary Boone Gallery. We hear Schnabel described as a "controversial artist" with no boundaries who sees beauty in places most of us don't notice.

Even though we get to see quite a few of Schnabel's paintings, a significant portion of the film is devoted to Schnabel's work as filmmaker. Special attention is given to his first film Basquiat (bringing an artist's perspective to the story of the artist), as well as Before Night Falls, and the Oscar nominated The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Being such a movie fan, I've always admired Schnabel's unusual film work as much as his paintings. It's so difficult to stand out in either field, but he manages to make a statement in both. He draws a few chuckles when he states that he "had a day job" that allowed him to make movies.

It's unusual for the subject of a documentary to be listed as Executive Producer on that film, but Schnabel describes himself as having "blind faith" in what he does and his entire professional life has been on his own terms. Director Corsicato uses music quite effectively, though this private portrait never digs too deeply and certainly never comes close to answering what drives an artist – even one who can quote The Godfather.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed