Georgia O'Keeffe Reviews

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Super Reviewer
August 19, 2012
This film should have been called Georgia OKeefe, and Alfred Steiglitz, because all it emphasized was their self absorbed, stormy, relationship and shallow personalities. It had very little to do with artistic content. Never mind all the other strange characters in their lives. It was a shame to waste such a bland script on such great actors as Jeremy Irons, and Joan Allen. This movie just seemed to me to lack substance..
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ March 30, 2011
In an art gallery in New York City in 1916, Georgia O'Keeffe(Joan Allen) is not happy with any of her paintings and kindly requests that they be taken down. Alfred Stieglitz(Jeremy Irons) declines, defending how good they are. He is so much taken with her artwork that he offers her his niece's apartment, allowing him to drop by from time to time. On one such visit, Stieglitz photographs O'Keeffe with poses so revealing that they lead to his divorce. But that's okay, since the couple get married as a result, and the photos end up in a gallery.

"Georgia O'Keeffe" is a well-acted, engaging, if hermetically sealed, recreation of the push and pull relationship of a visionary couple. If they had never met, then not only their fortunes and lives would have been the lesser, but also the art world itself. While O'Keeffe had the talent, she lacked confidence like so many women of her time but which was a common quality amongst the women of her social circle, especially Mabel Dodge(Tyne Daly). Stieglitz provided valuable encouragement and promotion while O'Keeffe's modeling helped his photography. However, they are also a cautionary tale in how a marriage can ruin a perfectly good relationship, with tradition in conflict with modernity.
Blaster1618
Super Reviewer
½ September 14, 2010
Joan Allen does an exceptional of slipping into the skin of Georgia O'Keefe. If you can weather the miscast Jeremy Irons as Alfred Steiglitz this is a lovely movie. Credit to Bob Balaban and his cinematographer for making such Steiglitz-like images of Joan Allen.
½ October 6, 2011
Well done biopic on one of the most influential and well known artists of the 20th century. Greatly acted by the entire cast, particularly Allen and Irons who really bring O'Keeffe and Stieglitz to life in an extremely accurate way.

Covering O'Keeffe's entire artistic career, director Balaban creates an intimate portrait that really captures the complexity, strength and vulnerability of O'Keeffe and how her personal life influenced her art. The script is great, really getting into the deeper meaning of O'Keeffe's work and its influence on the artistic community.

As is so common in these artist biopics however, it tends to focus more on a rocky relationship rather than the artist themselves. I realize that O'keeffe's relationship with Stieglitz was an important aspect of her life, but it is held in too much significance here.

I do wish the film was a little longer as it gets a little crammed towards the end. Other than that, I have no major complaints about the film. Very well done and very powerful.
May 14, 2010
Slow moving but very well acted by Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons. Nicely photographed and of course the wonderful art of Georgia O?Keeffe is a big plus for the movie. I would have liked to see more of that than so much focus on the trials and tribulations of her marriage. The stars and the artwork makes it worthwhile.
½ November 13, 2014
I liked how this was able to tell this story without falling into the Hollywood trap of showing more skin than necessary.
½ December 6, 2011
Well done biopic on one of the most influential and well known artists of the 20th century. Greatly acted by the entire cast, particularly Allen and Irons who really bring O'Keeffe and Stieglitz to life in an extremely accurate way.

Covering O'Keeffe's entire artistic career, director Balaban creates an intimate portrait that really captures the complexity, strength and vulnerability of O'Keeffe and how her personal life influenced her art. The script is great, really getting into the deeper meaning of O'Keeffe's work and its influence on the artistic community.

As is so common in these artist biopics however, it tends to focus more on a rocky relationship rather than the artist themselves. I realize that O'keeffe's relationship with Stieglitz was an important aspect of her life, but it is held in too much significance here.

I do wish the film was a little longer as it gets a little crammed towards the end. Other than that, I have no major complaints about the film. Very well done and very powerful.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ March 30, 2011
In an art gallery in New York City in 1916, Georgia O'Keeffe(Joan Allen) is not happy with any of her paintings and kindly requests that they be taken down. Alfred Stieglitz(Jeremy Irons) declines, defending how good they are. He is so much taken with her artwork that he offers her his niece's apartment, allowing him to drop by from time to time. On one such visit, Stieglitz photographs O'Keeffe with poses so revealing that they lead to his divorce. But that's okay, since the couple get married as a result, and the photos end up in a gallery.

"Georgia O'Keeffe" is a well-acted, engaging, if hermetically sealed, recreation of the push and pull relationship of a visionary couple. If they had never met, then not only their fortunes and lives would have been the lesser, but also the art world itself. While O'Keeffe had the talent, she lacked confidence like so many women of her time but which was a common quality amongst the women of her social circle, especially Mabel Dodge(Tyne Daly). Stieglitz provided valuable encouragement and promotion while O'Keeffe's modeling helped his photography. However, they are also a cautionary tale in how a marriage can ruin a perfectly good relationship, with tradition in conflict with modernity.
Blaster1618
Super Reviewer
½ September 14, 2010
Joan Allen does an exceptional of slipping into the skin of Georgia O'Keefe. If you can weather the miscast Jeremy Irons as Alfred Steiglitz this is a lovely movie. Credit to Bob Balaban and his cinematographer for making such Steiglitz-like images of Joan Allen.
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