A Bigger Splash

1974

A Bigger Splash

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A true oddity that cannot escape its dated origins, A Bigger Splash is a fictional film in which all the actors play themselves. David Hockney is a gay painter unable to work when he breaks up with a boyfriend, leading his friends and his art dealer to worry about him. Eventually, Hockney begins a new painting, using a swimming pool as a canvas, in which he draws a picture of a man floating in the pool while his lover stands outside and stares. Made in 1974 but unreleased until a decade later, A Bigger Splash paints a vivid picture of the "Swinging London" art and gay scenes of the early 1970s. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for A Bigger Splash

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  • It's an interesting movie for David Hockney completists.

    Oct 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "A Bigger Splash" remains one of the more uniquely hypnotic movies about the connection between presented life and pulsating art.

    Jul 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This unusual and sometimes unsettling film is a kind of staged documentary that could not have been made without the cooperation of people who were going though genuine challenges in their life at the time.

    Jun 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The whole thing, by rights, should seem arch and overworked. Why, then, does it exert such an emotional pull?

    Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Toeing the line between documentary and fiction, Hazan creates a nonlinear, lucid narrative in which Hockney is positioned as the cipher genius seemingly operating on an entirely different wavelength.

    Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A Bigger Splash is a rich portrait of an artist that - in a rare trait even [in 2019] - feels imbued with the sexual, cultural and artistic curiosity of its subject.

    Jun 29, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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