A Movie in the Afternoon. Every Day.
FINAL PORTRAIT is the story of the touching and offbeat friendship between American writer and art-lover James Lord (Army Hammer) and artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), as seen through Lord’s eyes and revealing unique insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and sometimes the chaos of the artistic process.
Set in 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, Lord is asked by his friend, Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. The process, promises Giacometti, will take only a few days and so Lord agrees -ultimately wondering “how much longer can it go on like this?”
There is an exhibition of Giacometti’s work at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. More at this link.
Here is a New York Times review of the Giacometti exhibition at the Guggenheim.
"The film captures the outside appearances of an artist at work and then suggests, humbly, that the work inside, the trick of genius, might be so subtle that even the artist can't detect it."
"Stanley Tucci's look at the legendary artist Alberto Giacometti (a live-wire Geoffrey Rush) is a mesmerizing meditation on the mystery of genius and anything but paint by numbers."
"An involving examination of the creative process itself, of how difficult it can be to move forward with artistic enterprises no matter how gifted you are or how much regard the world holds you in."