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Art School Confidential [DVD] [2006]

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  • Actors: Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, Anjelica Huston
  • Directors: Terry Zwigoff
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090NGCI2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,703 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Art School Confidential follows talented young artist Jerome Platz (Max Minghella) as he escapes from high school to a tiny East Coast art school. Here the boyish freshman's ambition is to become the world's greatest artist, like his hero Picasso. Unfortunately, the beauty and craft of Jerome's portraiture are not appreciated in an anything-goes art class. Neither his harsh judgements of his classmates' efforts nor his later attempts to create pseudo-art of his own win him any admirers. But Jerome does attract the attentions of his dream girl, the stunning and sophisticated Audrey (Sophia Myles), an artist's model and daughter of a celebrated artist. Rejecting the affectations of the local art scene, Audrey is drawn to Jerome's sincerity. When Audrey shifts her attention to Jonah (Matt Keeslar), a hunky painter who becomes the school's latest art star, Jerome is heartbroken. Desperate, he concocts a risky plan to make a name for himself and win her back.


Bitter, misanthropic, yet sometimes blisteringly funny, Art School Confidential is not a movie for everyone. Jerome (Max Minghella, Bee Season) goes to art school in the hopes of having his genuine ability recognized and cherished--but instead, finds his teachers to be self-obsessed has-beens, his peers jaded and floundering, and himself being investigated for a series of gruesome stranglings. He becomes obsessed with a lovely student named Audrey (Sophia Myles, Tristan and Isolde), but she's more interested in hunky Jonah (Matt Keeslar, Splendor ), whose crude yet acclaimed paintings of cars and tanks make Jerome want to tear his own eyes out. The crime-thriller plot of Art School Confidential, however, is merely a contrivance to string together a series of caustic digs at the shallow, narcissistic, talentless hacks who go to art school in the vain hope of achieving fame, wealth, and sexual abundance with little or no effort. For most viewers, who want to think that people are largely well-intentioned and decent, this will seem snide and cruel; but for some viewers, who believe people are foolish and blinkered, Art School Confidential will seem like an oasis in the arid desert of lies and propaganda about the good side of human nature. If this is your movie, you know who you are, and I encourage you to seek it out as soon as possible. Directed by Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa) and based on the work of cartoonist Dan Clowes; their previous collaboration was the much warmer Ghost World. Also featuring sharp turns from John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich), Anjelica Huston (Prizzi's Honor), and Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge!). --Bret Fetzer, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Omnipotent on 25 Jan 2007
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From the creators of my personal favourite 'Ghost World', Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes return with the cynical and caustic comedy 'Art School Confidential'. Max Minghella stars as a recent high school graduate, tackling his first time at Art School with the ambitions of becoming "the greatest artist of the 21st century." This young, naive freshman, looking for love and a rise to fame, learns that the world is out there to simply abate his enthusiasm and dreams. This is especially true when he learns that the art model he is in love with falls for what he considers an atrocious artist. Not only does this turn him to drinking and smoking, but most importantly drives him to betray his love for art and the characters around him. It is difficult to miss the crystal clear bitterness of writer/comic creator Daniel Clowes, and his affinity to the idolisation of the anti-hero. The mixture of contemptuous attitude and comedy is also accompanied by a humourous sub-plot about a serial killer on the Art School campus. Fans of Zwigoff will no doubt be satisfied with the clever writing and impressive set of cast members (Steve Buscemi, John Malkovich and Anjelica Huston), but it still probably won't live up to 'Ghost World' for you. Either way I would still recommend seeing it, but maybe as a rental first.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Feb 2008
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At one point, Art School Confidential feels like it's going to be a simple teen comedy - but not the tripe served up in the form of `Legally Blonde'. The revelation that Jerome (Minghella) is a virgin at college leads to a series of humourous segments where he is with the ladies and things don't go to plan, and the opening sequence with the Bohemian shoeless student walking on broken glass had me in stitches. So we have a comedy set in an arts college ....whilst a serial killer is on the loose.

The film quickly reassures us that it isn't a hollow conveyor belt film however, it soon becomes a wry jibe at the pretentiousness often associated with the art-world. Giving mega-long metaphysical descriptions for anything and everything, you soon start to look down upon those who look down upon others (as it were!) The snobbish attitudes of some render their characters unlikeable, whilst Jerome remains honestly passionate about his art, and even more passionate about art model Audrey (played by the rather lovely Sophia Myles).

His roommates are brilliant - Ethan Suplee (the big guy from various Kevin Smith films) is fab as the enthusiastic film maker Vince. Obsessed with the Strathmore Strangler, he is making a film about the recent killings and every new killing excites him into a frenzy as he re-works the plot. And Matthew is the most camp person in the film, he `misses his girlfriend' and is shocked at the lack of surprise when he reveals he is actually gay.

Anyway, this film seems like it is covering two different stories - the story of the art school, Jerome, and Audrey, and also the story of the Strathmore Strangler.

The film starts well but starts to flag.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By luvstuff on 19 Oct 2008
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This is a good film but it is not in the same league as Ghost World though nothing could really live up to that film.

Much like Ghost World there are a glut of minor characters who deliver a few brilliant lines and then exit - especially watch out for a character called Candace (Kate Moennig).

The lead characters are the alluring Audrey (Sophia Myles) and Jerome (Max Minghella) who has the the most beautiful eyebrows known to man.

The film has a bright technicolour comic book feel to it and there are plently of laughs as typical art student types are made fun of in the beginning sections of the film.

The film's criticism of modern art is much like Stuckism's critique of modernism - acerbic and contemptuous. However, I find this unappealing as I personally love the work that modern artists such as Tracey Emin have produced. One thing I don't understand is how someone who loves Picasso (Jerome) can have such a traditional approach to art and have such conservative views.

Apart from the hatred of arty pretention and the comments on the sometimes self indulgent nature of modern art, the real focus of the film is the tender love story between Audrey and Jerome. There are some really heartbreaking scenes involving Jerome when all his efforts to win Audrey's love go to waste. The final scene is refreshingly uplifting especially after the onslaught of negativity.

The best thing about the film is John Malkovich's performance as an overblown frustrated teacher with unrealised artistic ambitions.

This is definitely worth watching but falls short of being the brilliant movie it wants to be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Oct 2006
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Sly, acerbic and totally irreverent Art School Confidential has fun skewering the world of art colleges, offering up a delectable mix of characters. The film exudes a peppy confidence with director Terry Zwigoff's and Daniel Clowes - who wrote the script - obviously having a lot of fun satirizing this institution of higher learning.

The film however, especially during the last half, tends to lose its way a bit with multiple subplots, involving a campus murderer and it becomes a mishmash that isn't particularly hard to follow, but doesn't really pack the caustic punch of the first act.

The shy, sensitive and totally virginal Jerome Platz (Max Minghella) is totally stoked to have a place at the Strathmore Art Academy. A Picasso aspirant from the New Jersey suburbs, Jerome enthusiastically enrolls in the school only to have his obvious talent - he's the only one in the class producing anything recognizable as art - not just disregarded, but mocked.

Jerome's cynical and preoccupied Professor Sandiford (John Malkovich) who supervises him in the life-drawing class is more concerned with promoting the work of class hunk and obvious art dunce Jonah (Matt Keeslar), who also impresses the students and faculty with his flashy but rather unsophisticated paintings.

But Jerome also has a romantic cross to bear. He has a desperate crush on life model Audrey (Sophia Myles), yet he feels as though he just doesn't meet her standards, especially when she starts courting Jonah. As you might expect, Jerome ends up completely cynical about romance, relationships and the art scene, and his place in it.
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