Thierry Mugler

Thierry Mugler

Derek McCormack

Melissa Anderson on Jack Hazan’s A Bigger Splash (1974)

Melissa Anderson on Jack Hazan’s A Bigger Splash (1974)

Film critic and 4columns Film editor Melissa Anderson talks about Jack Hazan’s “effulgently yet casually gay” A Bigger Splash (1974), an intimate documentary portrait of English-born artist David Hockney and his coterie. The film opens at Metrograph in New York on June 21, 2019.

To read more from Melissa Anderson on A Bigger Splash, pick up the Summer 2019 issue of Artforum, or read it online.

PRINT September 1996

Basquiat

David Rimanelli

WELL, IT’S REALLY not that bad.

That was my gut reaction to a screening of artist Julian Schnabel’s directorial debut. Previous ’80s-artist-becomes-filmmaker vehicles (David Salle’s Search and Destroy, Robert Longo’s Johnny Mnemonic) had been poor precedents at best, and long delays in scheduling the screening had led me and others to speculate that the film’s distributor, Miramax, had gotten cold feet; but I left Basquiat (a flat-footed retitling of Schnabel’s original Build a Fort, Set It on Fire) with a peculiar sense of pleasure and/or relief. The ordinary expectations of schadenfreude had