Tim Barringer

  • Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

    FROM THE FIRST LONG SHOT of Mike Leigh’s epic cinematic portrait of the landscape painter J. M. W. Turner, we are unmistakably in the presence of a master. His gaze fixed on the burning disk of the sun, Turner jots rough graphite notations in a sketchbook. His feet are firmly planted; his surly, porcine profile emerges from between the lapels of an ill-fitting frock coat.

    A penetrating study of late style, Mr. Turner leads us through the last third of the painter’s life, from the public triumphs of the 1820s to the experimental, nearly abstract works of the last years, when some thought he was