Drawings from the Film Beginners

This is a book called Drawings from the Film Beginners by Mike Mills. Mike Mills made this film called Beginners, due out in June. The movie stars Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer and that lovely French actress from Inglourious Basterds, Mélanie Laurent. The trailer for Beginners makes it look like a poignant film, the kind that will make you laugh and cry and feel like you understand human relations better. It's a good trailer. Ewan McGregor's character in the film is an illustrator and graphic designer who, in one plot point, decides to create an illustrated "History of Sadness." Drawings from the Film Beginners collects that illustrated history, along with other drawings used in the movie and a concluding "History of Love". All the pictures were drawn by the filmmaker Mike Mills. Like the trailer, the book is inspiring, bruised-heart-prodding, really lovely. I really love this book.

Pictured here: The Industrial Revolution, left. Self abandonment, right.

Ishi's cave, left. Landscape painting by Adolf Hitler, 1915, right.

Chicken McNuggets, introduced worldwide 1983.

And from the History of Love:
Attractive female butt from the Renaissance, left. On the right: Ugly male butt. Still attracts because he is confident (he owns it) and because he is powerful career-wise.

The couch of Dr. Sigmund Freud, left. The first crate of Freud's The Interpretations of Dreams arrives in America.

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