The Getty Center

The myth of the artist has been a most popular theme for filmmakers since the dawn of cinema. Filmmakers and audiences have long been fascinated by the making of art and the potential genius behind it. This film series depicts working artists in a way that complements, in moving form, the exhibition Images of the Artist.


Blood of a Poet and
Testament of Orpheus

Date: Saturday, January 14, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Jean Cocteau (1889–1963), one of the most versatile artists of the 20th century, explores the joys and hardships of being an artist in this double feature of the first and third films of his Orphic Trilogy. (France, 1930 and 1960)

Testament of Orpheus is co-presented by the Los Angeles Film & TV Office, French Embassy.


The Moderns

Date: Saturday, January 14, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Alan Rudolph's homage to 1920s Paris delights in having real-life personalities—Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway—interact with his fictional characters in the smoky cafes and esteemed salons of this radically creative place and time. (USA, 1988)


The Draughtman's Contract

Date: Sunday, January 15, 2012
Time: Noon

Peter Greenaway, who was trained as a painter, made this period film that joyfully blends an intellectual exploration of cultural and social history with his own singular artistic style. (Great Britain, 1982)



Date: Sunday, January 15, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Derek Jarman was a painter who made beautiful films that are intensely personal and moving. In his major film debut, Jarman realizes a 17th-century artist who, like Jarman, didn't shy from controversy. (Great Britain, 1986)

How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.