Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:

This month’s theme is “Cirque du Soleil”.


Hurrah, August is upon us, the Club’s vacation month is over, & we can add another boffo Summer Party to our list of 12 others in past summers–special thanks go out to Jim & Kay Robbins for their gracious hosting again this year.

Hopefully have made it to the Grand Cinema to see AMY (2015). This will be the third week of its run; get out to see this fabulous documentary if you have’t yet.


Join the Tacoma Film club this Friday, 08/07/15 to view BASQUIAT (1996). It was directed by Julian Schnabel. Throughout the 1980’s he enjoyed a reputation as an artist/painter; he was known as “the self-proclaimed lion of the New York art world.” He still has paintings hanging in several international galleries.

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Schnabel once said, “Art is a utilitarian thing, not ever just decorative.”



BASQUIAT was the first film he directed, & he has directed only four others, including BEFORE NIGHT FALLS (2000), THE DIVING BELL & THE BUTTERFLY (2007), & LOU REED: BERLIN, a documentary (2007), and he appeared in JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: RADIANT CHILD (2010).



Trivia: The film cost over 3 million dollars to shoot, & it did not earn that much back in box office in the United States. The wigs that David Bowie wore were the wigs actually worn by Andy Warhol. The estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat refused to allow use of actual paintings for the movie, so Schnabel personally painted all the reproductions used in the film. Chris Rock was considered for the lead role, but he turned it down because he had never heard of the artist. Benicio Del Toro wanted to be in the movie so much, he worked for SAG scale.


The music was done by Julian Schnabel & John Cale.




Cale is a classically- trained musician, but he & Schnabel have rock n’ roll backgrounds as well. Cale was in the VELVET UNDERGROUND with Lou Reed. They were “discovered” by Andy Warhol, & he promoted them. Cale has written musical scores for 39 films, including WOMEN IN  REVOLT (1971), PARIS AWAKENS (1991), iI SHOT ANDY WARHOL (1996), AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000), & AMERICAN WIDOW (2009).


The cinematographer was Ron Fortunato, who has lensed 32 films, including FATHERS & SONS (1992), JERSEY GIRL (1992), WILD ABOUT HARRY (2000), & HACHI: A DOG TALE (2009).




Directed by Julian Schnabel & 108 minutes.


The film stars Jeffrey Wright, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Benicio Del Toro, Gary Oldman, Michael Wincott, Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, Parker Posey, Paul Batel, Courtney Love, Tatum O’Neal, & Sam Rockwell.

Synopsis: In 1981, a 19-year old graffiti artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, living in a cardboard box in the park, was “discovered” by Andy Warhol, & he became the toast of the New York Art scene–but, of course, a meteoric rise to success always comes with a heavy price tag.



This film won an Independent Spirit Award for Benicio Del Toro, and a special ,recognition for “Excellence” from the National Board of Review.

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Rotten Tomatoes rated the movie at 70% Critic’s Approval & 77% Audience Approval. IMDb rated it at 6.9 stars.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum of the CHICAGO READER wrote: “There is not a boring shot anywhere, & it seems that director Schnabel was clearly enjoying himself with expressionist sound, Neo-Eisenstein edits, & all sorts of cinematic wonders.”

So be sure to mark your calendars for this Friday, August 7, 2015. & join us for the screening of BASQUIAT (1996). It will be shown, of course, at the Center for Spiritual Living, the church building we rent for our events, parties, & meetings. It is located at 206 N. J Street, on the corner of Division & J.

Arrive early, around 6:30 pm & join many of us downstairs in the kitchen area for Fun, Fellowship, & Snacks. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages, including beer & wine, to share with others. Please remember to clean up after yourselves before coming upstairs to enjoy the movie. There is no food ,or drink allowed in the sanctuary during the screening. There is a Donation Box upstairs near the entrance. All donated fund go to paying the rent for the space & other Club expenses. BASQUIAT will screen at 7:15 pm, & it runs, a short 108 minutes, so the movie will be over before 9:30 pm. See you at the movies!


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