Mr. Turner is Mike Leigh’s masterpiece. The biopic about one of the great landscape painters, J.M.W. Turner, is told on an epic scale and visually stunning without sacrificing Leigh’s genius for putting the very soul of his characters on screen.
He has been in the director’s chair for more than 40 years, working with the best actors and creating some of the richest characters in British cinema, but convincing enough investors to let him make Mr. Turner has taken half of his working life—more than two decades.
“People said the budget was too big for an arty or art house picture,” he said, speaking from a small leather armchair in a bright Soho office. “That may still be true. I think the jury is out.”
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