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Mr. Turner - Movie Synopsis & Plot

"Mr. Turner" explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

MOVIE REVIEW

You’ll hate it, they said, “they” being the other critics who know my disdain for long movies where not a lot happens. And for movies about artists. They were wrong. Mr. Turner, about mid-1800’s painter J.M.W. Turner, is a surprisingly engrossing drama… despite being long and not much happening.
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