November 2, 2014

BROMER | A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Failure

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By SAM BROMER

I hate to start with one of those “since the dawn of time” openings, but I think it is fair to say that the trope of the tortured artist has been around for a long, long time. I imagine a sullen caveman looking upon his paleolithic friend’s cave paintings with envious contempt, waiting for his own meticulously rendered elk to get the recognition it deserves. But it seems like, at least in film, the theme has made quite a comeback recently.

Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

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