Great Art Movies on Netflix Right Now!

5 10 2016

The Fall weather is officially settling in to stay and we are down to hang out by the fire, cozy under a blanket, maybe drink some tea and of course, binge watch some Netflix like you wouldn’t believe.  With the sheer amount of content on Netflix it can sometimes take up precious binge watching time just deciding what to watch.  We wanted to save you from this problem, and come up with some totally awesome art related options. They aren’t in any particular order but they are all streaming right now!

Frida (2002)

  1. Frida (2002)

One of the most fascinating painters of all time, Salma Hayek and an Academy Award winning score.  If you haven’t seen this Frida Kahlo biopic yet it is definitely worth a watch.

 

The Agony and the Ecstasy

2. The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

The painting of the Sistine Chapel is one of the most legendary artistic undertakings of all time, so of course there is a movie about it!  Charlton Heston as Michelangelo and Rex Harrison as Pope Julius II.  Though a lot of people have critiqued Heston’s over acting in the role, the sets and old school production value make this one stand up to the test of time.

Exit Through The Gift Shop

3. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

Banksy’s Academy Award nominated documentary follows Thierry Guetta and his obsession with street art.  You can hear from notable street artists like Shepard Fairey and Banksy (whose face and voice are obscured to protect his notorious anonymity) as well see some excellent works of street art.  Also the whole thing is a little ridiculous and once you start watching you won’t be able to stop.

 

The Rape of Europa

4. The Rape of Europa (2006)

Remember Monuments Men (directed by, written by and starring George Clooney), the movie about World War II soldiers saving art masterpieces from the Nazis?  Well, this is the documentary version of that story and it is way better. It provides more factual info as well as being generally more entertaining than the Clooney version.

 

Bob Ross Beauty is Everywhere

5. Bob Ross Beauty is Everywhere (1991)

You knew we couldn’t have a Netflix and art post without mentioning Bob Ross, right?  All 26 glorious episodes of happy trees, clouds and birds are waiting for your binge watching pleasure. Also bonus, rumor has it that Netflix is gauging interest with these episodes so maybe if enough people watch we’ll be treated to all 403 episodes of The Joy of Painting eventually.

 

Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery

6. Beltracchi – The Art of Forgery (2014) 

A fascinating look at Wolfgang Beltracchi who was charged with forgery and corruption after selling 14 fake works of art that total to around $45 million dollars.  Hear from this international art scammer who claims to be able to paint anything.

 

Netflix is always rotating their catalog of movies and shows so if you want to watch any of these, put them on your Netflix plans soon!


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