Gauguin hits the silver screen

You’ve seen the exhibition, and now you can see the man … well, versions of the man played by various actors. We’re holding a Gauguin film festival during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day with three films based on Gauguin’s life.

Gauguin the Savage is scheduled for Saturday, December 26, at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, December 29, at 1:30 p.m. In this little-known, Emmy-winning TV drama, Gauguin (played here by the late David Carradine) abandons his wife and children in Europe for a life of artistic freedom in Tahiti.

The Wolf at the Door will be playing on Sunday, December 27, at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday, December 30, at 1:30 p.m. This biographical film, directed by Henning Carlsen with Donald Sutherland and Max von Sydow, dramatizes Paul Gauguin’s return to Paris after a long stay in Tahiti and his difficulty selling enough paintings to finance the trip back to his island paradise.

Finally, we have The Moon and Sixpence on Thursday, December 31, at

1:30 p.m. In this film version of a W. Somerset Maugham novel inspired by the life of Gauguin, a self-centered London stockbroker leaves his wife and family to pursue a painting career in Paris, then Tahiti. This restored, 35mm archive print is from the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. The film is directed by Albert Lewin and features George Sanders and Herbert Marshall.

All films will be shown at the CMA in the Morley Lecture Hall. Each movie costs $8; the cost is $6 for CMA members, seniors 65 and over, and students. More information about how to purchase tickets is available online.


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