How Art Becomes Deadly in ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’

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Blood, sweat and tears (but mostly blood) are on the canvas in the contemporary-art-world satire “Velvet Buzzsaw.” This scene gathers many of the film’s key players (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton, Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Daveed Diggs) to the opening of an outsider whose work is about to be the toast of, and perhaps the death knell in, the L.A. art scene. The writer and director Dan Gilroy discusses how a heightened score and a haunting tracking shot build tension in this ensemble sequence.

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