Harold Hopkins in The Age of Consent (Columbia Pictures)
"Artists Behaving Badly" Film Series:
Age of Consent
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Age of Consent (1969, 103 min.) stars James Mason as a painter who flees his New York gallery for the Great Barrier Reef, where he finds the voluptuous—if underaged—Helen Mirren as model and muse. Michael Powell directs.
Artists tend by nature to be transgressive, in the life as well as the work. While the Clark usually celebrates the boldness of the artist’s work, this film series takes an ironical look at examples of bad behavior provided by the artist’s life—be it forgery or fornication; drugs or drink; mayhem, madness, or even murder.