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In Mike Leigh's biopic of J.M.W. Turner, Timothy Spall brings the great British painter of stormy seas and fiery skies to life as a gruff, grunting genius.Leigh won the award in 1996 for "Secrets & Lies," co-starring Spall.The director had long desired to make a movie about Turner, and focused his meticulously researched film on the last 25 years of the life of the painter, who died in 1851 .For Spall, Turner was "a painter of the sublime" who instinctually saw "the beauty and the horror of nature," even if he appeared to be a humble, somewhat brutish working-class man.More often than not in the 150-minute film, Spall's Turner expresses himself with no more than a grunt.
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