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ALL AROUND ESTHETES

the Most Moving Pictures

WHICH MOTION PICTURES move the art world—art house experiments? Hollywood blockbusters? ’50s weepies? We asked artists, filmmakers, an actress, and a museum director which screen gems rocked their sensibilities.

Those quizzed reeled off their favorites. Indeed, the telephone responses were not only animated but surprisingly off-the-cuff considering I’d never met most of those interviewed before. Film serves as both intellectual and social common ground; everyone, it seems, loves to talk movies. Tastes varied, but certain favorites made repeat appearances. Andy Warhol showed up three times. Whitney Museum Director David Ross, who made the Warhol-esque claim that he’ll not only watch virtually anything but that he values all films equally, cited the artist as “one of the great cinema geniuses of our century”; artist Paul McCarthy credited him as a seminal influence; and painter Julian Schnabel

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