‘Mr. Turner’ stretches the canvas of cinema

If the past is a foreign country, then “Mr. Turner” is one of the most rhapsodic foreign films you may ever see. The care and conviction with which writer-director Mike Leigh (“Secrets and Lies”) and his band of artisans have re-created Victorian England is a reward in itself, a visual banquet at its most sumptuous. But the movie’s after much more than that, even if it sometimes looks like less.

For the uninitiated, J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) was an artist of the English Romantic school who rose from working-class beginnings to become one of the most highly praised landscape and seascape painters of his era — and then pushed beyond that, into a growing abstraction that baffled his peers and looks spookily prescient today.

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