September 22, 2021


Showing: Wednesday, October 23 – 8:00 PM at Nyack Center
Year: 1974
Country: USA
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Celebrate LGBTQ History Month

ONLINE SALES END AT 3:00 on Oct. 23, but tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:30.

A Bigger Splash dispenses with talking-heads to create an innovative film about the English-born, California-based artist David Hockney that honors its subject through creative risk. It is a time capsule of gay life in the 1970s, an honest depiction of male romance, and an invaluable view of art history in action: Hockney is seen putting the finishing touches on his masterpiece “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures),” which sold for $90.3 million at auction in 2018, setting a record for a living artist. The film is a record of artistic creation that is itself a work of art. 1974, USA, 106 minutes, documentary/fiction

Community Partners: Rockland County Pride Center, Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, Rockland Center for the Arts. Members of these organizations receive the Rivertown Film member discount.

Post-film discussion about David Hockney with Carole Perry, art consultant, curator and former Artistic Director of the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center.

“. . .remains one of the more uniquely hypnotic movies about the connection between presented life and pulsating art.” – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

“An important flashpoint in the history of LGBT cinema.” – Wes Greene, Slant

“One of the finest films I have seen about an artist and his work.” – filmmaker Martin Scorsese.

“For me, he [Hockney] touches the raw nerve of what cinema is about—even if he is
actually talking about painting.” – filmmaker Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper, Summer Hours)

“A masterpiece of queer cinema” – Jude Dry, IndieWire

“The best film ever made about a living artist” – artist Ed Ruscha

“Among the most strikingly original films on a modern artist” (Philip French, The Guardian)

“If we are to change our world view, images have to change.” – David Hockney