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Calling all movie lovers! A special opening night screening at Moore College of Art and Design tonight at 7:00 p.m. marks the official start of the second annual One Film program. Through March 11, Philadelphians are encouraged to watch Basquiat, a film based on the life of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Directed by Julian Schnabel, the movie follows the young graffiti artist through the ups and downs of the ’80s art scene in Manhattan. As he transitions from graffiti art to more conventional art, Basquiat allows himself to be seduced by the promise of fame, only to win it at the cost of his life.

In the coming weeks, community members are invited to dozens of events—screenings, discussions, dinners, readings, and panels—and are encouraged to draw connections between Basquiat and The Soloist, the featured selection of partner program One Book, One Philadelphia. Check out the extensive resources our staff has gathered to further your viewing experience, and search our One Film event guide. Have you seen the film already? Leave a comment below—we’d love to know what you liked (or didn’t like) about the film!

For more information about this evening's program, please click here.

Sun, February 22, 2009
Nice....would love to be part of that..
Kody - texas
Sun, February 22, 2009
Ill be there at the ceremony
Matt - Boston
Sun, February 22, 2009
This is a Great News...Interesting been posted here
James - Example: Philadelphia
Sat, April 04, 2009
So what does Basquiat actually mean?
Ed - UK
Mon, April 06, 2009
This is a great movie, and really quite sad. He starts out as a graphiti artist, but ends up doing more commercial work, and what that does to him
Mary - Example: Philadelphia
Sat, April 11, 2009
Basquiat was a really talented artist and this film is an enjoyable accurate biography. Enjoy Ralph DeLuca
Ralph - Madison, NJ
Wed, April 29, 2009
[...Basquiat was a really talented artist and this film is an enjoyable accurate biography...] That's right, really like this film from Julian Schnabel. Rgds Peter
Peter Prozessor - Germany
Tue, May 05, 2009
Nice film i think
Melayu Boleh - Malaysia
Tue, July 14, 2009
I don't envy anyone the task of writing a screenplay about the short life of a not-universally known person, someone who was basically a strung-out junkie, overall a jerk of a guy, and whose sole talent was making what, in limited circles, must pass for avant-garde art. However, Julian Schnabel has taken this challenge, and in most regards, has failed, coming up with a self-indulgent work that captures what's going on in Schnabel's head, and that's about it. Basquiat's life is, from the start of the film to the finish, succinctly described by the first sentence of this paragraph -- little more than an wacko that was hyped into the big time. Not that that's suprising. It happens even more often today. It just doesn't deserve a movie. Vegetables Garden
- Philadelphia
Mon, July 27, 2009
nice site and good design
David - New York
Thu, July 30, 2009
I am a very good movie thanks ederim.Bu released film blog
film izle - turkey
Mon, October 12, 2009
This is a great idea
Festmény - Philadelphia
Sun, December 20, 2009
Actually I do not really like watching movies. Good article, thanks for sharing.
Joe - Indo
Thu, January 28, 2010
Nice movie
Paul Potts - UK
Thu, January 28, 2010
hope to see more soon
paul potts - UK
Wed, October 06, 2010
This is a great movie! I agree that there should be another similar event in the near future.
Bob Davis - San Francisco
Wed, October 06, 2010
I'll look forward to your forthcoming updates.
Bob Davis - San Francisco
Wed, October 06, 2010
The movie indeed gave justice to Basquiat's life story. Thank you for sharing.
Sarah Johnson - VA
Tue, October 26, 2010
Nice article on the movie I like.
lokanath - Bhubaneswar
Thu, July 07, 2011
I like this article
filmsonlinefree -
Tue, July 12, 2011
Does anyone know if this movie program is still going on?
ced -
Wed, July 27, 2011
Like the comment before mine, any word if this program is still alive?
Brazil Johns - South Philly
Sun, April 29, 2012
He died for his passion
- newport
Sun, April 29, 2012
This man was gifted. He learned to read and write by age 4. He was speaking 3 languages by age 11, English, Spanish and french. If you have never seen this movie I am not going to ruin it for you, I will say that he led an extraordinary life. Watch the movie he truly was amazing.
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- alabama
Sun, June 03, 2012
amazing movie. amazing man.
E l james - alabama
Sun, June 03, 2012

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