A Bigger Splash
1973, Jack Hazan, UK, 105 min.
With David Hockney, Peter Schlesinger, Celia Birtwell
- Sat, Jun 29th 8:00pm
- Mon, Jul 1st 6:00pm
- Wed, Jul 3rd 8:00pm
“A revealing last ripple of the so-called life style of ‘Swinging London.’”—Variety
“Among the most strikingly original films on a modern artist…Hockney was initially horrified by the movie’s intimacy, but was soon persuaded by friends of its brilliance.”—Philip French, Guardian
Blending documentary and fiction, director Hazan features artist David Hockney as himself, at the center of a story providing an intimate insider’s picture of Swinging London at the juncture of the Sixties and the Seventies. The film’s title is taken from the best-known painting of Hockney’s acclaimed swimming pool series. Seen through the lens of the post-breakup angst of an in-demand artist struggling with creative block, the laid-back plot plays with eroticism, gay hookups, and the casual pan-sexual hedonism of London’s arty set. Underlining the hall-of-mirrors effect, all the characters play themselves, including: era-defining fashion designer Ossie Clark, his textile designer wife Celia Birtwell, gallery owner John Kasmin, art curator and critic Henry Geldzahler, and Hockney’s former lover Peter Schlesinger. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (BS)
Note: Contains nudity and sexual activity.