The Moon and Sixpence

Bullet Shih Feb, 2012 0
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Title: Moon and Sixpence
Artist: Charles Strickland (fictional)
Date: 1942
Genre: Drama
Subcategory: Fictional Biography
Language : English
Director: Albert Lewin
Time: 89 min

Based on the W. Somerset Maugham novel, The Moon and Sixpence tells the story of fictional artist Charles Stickland who is loosely based on Paul Gauguin.  Strickland is a deplorable individual who abandons his banking job as well as his wife and children to take up painting at age 40.  The movie is a series of botched relationships as the acerbic Strickland shows very little regard for other people.

Interesting tidbits: The viewer never sees any actual paintings by the “talented” Strickland during the course of the movie.  Finally, at the end some horrible kitschy Gauguin type paintings are shown in dreadful technicolor.



Art Geek Factor: 2 out of 10 Stars
Artistic Accuracy: 3 out of 10 Stars
Overall Movie: 4 out of 10 Stars

Summary: The above graphic succinctly outlines the onerous depiction of a misanthrope and misogynist as he seems more intent on creating a path of ruin than creating anything of beauty.

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