Art School Confidential

Art School Confidential

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Director: Terry Zwigoff

Cast: Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich

     
 
Filmmaker Terry Zwigoff and comic artist and screenwriter Daniel Clowes, who collaborated for the acclaimed 2001 comedy-drama Ghost World, team up once again for this offbeat satire. Jerome (Max Minghella) is an aspiring artist who arrives at a prestigious East Coast art institute to study. While Jerome enjoys daydreams of becoming the best-respected painter on

Overview

Filmmaker Terry Zwigoff and comic artist and screenwriter Daniel Clowes, who collaborated for the acclaimed 2001 comedy-drama Ghost World, team up once again for this offbeat satire. Jerome (Max Minghella) is an aspiring artist who arrives at a prestigious East Coast art institute to study. While Jerome enjoys daydreams of becoming the best-respected painter on Earth and winning the hearts of his female classmates, he soon learns the sad truth -- his "cool artist" act is old hat in the big city, and as he's surrounded by every art school cliché on Earth, practically nothing about him stands out. Determined to be recognized whatever the consequences, Jerome maps out a bizarre plan to become famous that has some unexpected consequences. Loosely adapted from a story in Clowes' comic book Eightball, Art School Confidential also stars John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, Anjelica Huston, and Sophia Myles.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Director Terry Zwigoff's second collaboration with graphic novelist Daniel Clowes isn't quite as magical as their earlier Ghost World, but the decidedly cynical Art School Confidential offers a surfeit of biting observations about the contemporary art scene. Max Minghella portrays Jerome Platz, a somewhat timid student whose has parlayed modest drawing ability into an admission to a distinguished, trendy art school. His enthusiasm is quickly tempered by a series of encounters with frustrated teachers, highly competitive classmates, and arrogant graduates. Of course, his real problem is that he's hopefully smitten with the notoriously fickle Audrey (Sophia Myles), a nude model who poses in his life-drawing class. Zwigoff ruthlessly skewers the art world's poseurs, whose chief representatives in this film are the pompous but marginally talented teacher played by John Malkovich and Adam Scott’s arrogant sell-out. The film's comedic tone recedes in the third act, but that's a welcome development in that it presages a totally unexpected denouement. No stranger to the eccentricities of artists and their loyal acolytes -- after all, he directed the documentary Crumb, which focused on the oddball icon of the underground-comics scene -- Zwigoff is the perfect director to take on an inflated subject practically begging to be popped.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2006
UPC:
0043396158849
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Blooper reel; Making of Art School Confidential; Sundance featurette

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Max Minghella Jerome Platz
Sophia Myles Audrey
John Malkovich Professor Sandford
Jim Broadbent Jimmy
Matt Keeslar Jonah
Ethan Suplee Vince
Joel David Moore Bardo
Nick Swardson Matthew
Anjelica Huston Sophie
Adam Scott Marvin Bushmiller
Jack Ong Professor Okamura
Michael Lerner Art Dealer
Katherine Moennig Candace
Lauren Lee Smith Beat Girl
Jeremy Guskin Eno
Jeanette Brox Shilo
Monika Ramnath Flower
Isaac Laskin Kiss-Ass
Scoot McNairy Army Jacket
Finneus Egan Vegan
Shelly Cole Filthy-Haired Girl
Jean St. James Mom
Cristen Coppen Preppy Girl
Michael Shamus Wiles Donald Baumgarten
Paul Collins Professor David Zipkin
Ezra Buzzington Leslie (Male Model)
Kimi Reichenberg Suburban Girl
Alexandra Ryan Nympho
Travis Walck Richard Natwick
Roxanne Hart Mom Platz
Osman Soykut Dad Platz
Katija Pevec Cynthia Platz
Brian Turk Cliffy (Cousin)
Edith Jefferson Doddering Aunt
Roxanne Day Marie (Jonah's Wife)
Marshall Bell Lonny
Marc Vann Kevin
Chris L. McKenna Mikey
Zach Maurer Young Jerome
Charlie Talbert Vince's Editor
John Bliss Vince's Grandpa

Technical Credits
Terry Zwigoff Director
Chase Bailey Executive Producer
Peter Borck Art Director
Joe Camp Asst. Director
Billy Clevenger Camera Operator
Daniel Clowes Co-producer,Screenwriter
Howard Cummings Production Designer
Shelly Darden Associate Producer
David Forrest Makeup
Lianne Halfon Producer
Barbara Hall Executive Producer,Production Manager
Betsy Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Hoffman Editor
Jamie Anderson Cinematographer
David Kitay Score Composer
Cassandra Kulukundis Casting
John Malkovich Producer
Russell Smith Producer
Mark Weingarten Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Art School Confidential
1. Arriving at Campus [5:12]
2. Getting Acquainted [1:07]
3. Rumor Report [2:37]
4. First Pose [3:36]
5. Art Attraction [3:15]
6. Girl Talk [1:19]
7. Questioning Art [3:45]
8. Lucky Day [4:00]
9. Skills of the Trade [4:08]
10. Constructive Criticism [3:42]
11. Gallery Outing [2:51]
12. Making the Rounds [3:56]
13. Deadline for Greatness [3:30]
14. Old or New [3:46]
15. Someone Else Is Singing [2:14]
16. Strangling News [3:08]
17. Thanksgiving [2:01]
18. Essential Experimenting [3:50]
19. New Look [4:03]
20. Invite Only [3:37]
21. Words of Wisdom [4:09]
22. Subject of Discussion [3:19]
23. Seeking Inspiration [4:41]
24. Art School Confession [3:48]
25. Taking the Prize [2:24]
26. Final Survey [4:10]
27. Blown Cover [4:32]
28. Art Appreciation [9:26]

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Art School Confidential 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing, what characters you meet in a comedy about an art institution added with a serial killer twist. Did I mention Jon Malkovich was in it?
SpeedReader More than 1 year ago
Is it a murder mystery? A love story? A spoof on art school? We'll never know, because the movie doesn't even know. Don't be fooled into thinking Malkovich makes this worthwhile. 2 hours of my life I'll never get back.