Movies, documentaries, and shows with art and art history themes


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1. Exit through the Gift Shop
Where can I see it? Amazon Prime, Rent 3.99 Own 7.99
Time: 1hr 25 min
Rated: R
Summary: Shop owner Thierry Guetta’s project to document the underground world of street art takes an unforeseen turn when he meets Banksy, who in turn films the shop owner’s attempts  to be an artist himself.
My Art Lesson Comment: Some cursing

2. Kubo and the Two Strings
Where can I see it? Amazon Prime, Rent 3.99 Own 12.99
Time: 1hr 41 min
Rated: PG
Summary: Kubo mesmerizes the people of a local fishing village with his magical gift for spinning wild tales with origami. 

3. Canvas
Where can I see it? Free with a Netflix subscription
Time: 9 min
Rated: G
After a heartbreaking loss, a grandfather struggling to reclaim his passion for painting finds the inspiration to create again.

4. Woman in Gold
Where can I see it? Amazon Prime Video, Free with ads
Time: 1h 49 min
Rating: PG 13
The remarkable and true story of one woman’s battle against the establishment to recover her family possessions that had been seized by Nazis during WWII.

5. Loving Vincent
Where can I see it? Amazon Prime, Rent 3.99 Own 5.99
Time: 1h 34 min
Rating: PG 13
Summary: A story depicted in oil painted animation which tells the story of Vincent Van Gogh. A  young man comes to the last hometown of painter Van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating what occured in the artist’s final days.

6. Abstract 
Where can I see it? Free with a Netflix subscription and the first season is free on You Tube here.
Time: Episodes are about 45 minutes long
Rating: TV 14
Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.
My Art Lesson Comment: Some cursing, not all episodes

7. Leaning into the wind, Andy Goldsworthy
Where can I see it? Amazon Prime, Rent 3.99 Own 12.99, free with Hulu subscription
Time: 1h 37min
Rating: PG
Summary: his documentary film follows Andy on his exploration of the layers of his world and the impact of the years on himself and his art.

8. The Monument Men
Where can I see it? Amazon Prime 2.99 to rent and 7.99 to buy
Time:1 h 58 min
Rating: PG-13
An action filled drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners.

9. Waste Land
Where can I see it? Amazon Prime may have it in some areas (not mine!), but you can watch here with a public library card.
Time: 1 h 39 min
Rating: PG
Summary: An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves.

10. The Simpsons, S10 E19, Mom and Pop Art
Where can I see it? YouTube Premium 2.99
Time: 23 min
Rating: Common Sense Media suggests the Simpsons for 12+, Parent and Children reviewers  suggest 10+
Summary: Homer’s failed do-it-yourself project gets mistaken for “outsider art.” Suddenly in the limelight, Homer must come up with new “works” to impress the art world.

11. This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist
Where can I see it? Free with Netflix subscription
Time: Each episode is about 50 minutes long
Rating: Common Sense Media suggests it is appropriate for 16+, Children reviewers suggest 12+
Summary: It was the biggest art heist in history: Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 1990, legendary works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and others worth over half a billion dollars today were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. This is a four-part documentary series.
My Art Lesson Comments: Has violence, language.

12. Big Eyes
Where can I see it? Amazon Prime, rent for 3.99 or buy for 9.99
Time:1 h 45 min
Rating: PG-13
Summary: A drama about the awakening of painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
My Art Lesson: The rating is for brief strong language, violence with men exchanging words and brawling in a bar and comments made about an oppressive marriage.


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