How ‘The Goldfinch’ Seeks Authenticity | Anatomy of a Scene

  • Published: 13 September 2019
  • This scene from “The Goldfinch” starts with a pair of chairs that look mighty similar. But only one is an antique with a long, rich history. The other merely replicates that history. In a film where the primary characters are trying to parse truth from fiction, authentic from impostor, the chairs are an apt metaphor.

    Oakes Fegley plays the young Theo Decker, struggling to make sense of what’s real after surviving a bombing that killed his mother. He finds solace at an antique shop run by Hobie (Jeffrey Wright) and, in this scene, gets a lesson in authenticity.

    Narrating the sequence, the director John Crowley explains how Wright met with art experts trained in spotting replicas and how that encounter helped him bring a tactile approach to his performance. Here he teaches Theo what to look for, and feel for, to recognize a reproduction.

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Comments • 51

  • Babaki
    Babaki  2 months back

    "Mahagani" is the term from India

    • MG Massey
      MG Massey  2 months back

      This is one movie I will pay to see.
      We need good stories which challenge us to think.

      I purposefully boycott Hollywierd on principles.
      Any place that supports the "if it bleeds it leads"
      business model is an exploitative ethic.

      Life isn't entertainment.
      Learning to discern real from fake,truth from lie is crucial.

      Media is too often used to numb us.
      If it doesn't make me think..deeply..i don't care to watch.

      Thanks for highlighting this excellent film

      • Cat Lubber
        Cat Lubber  2 months back

        The New York Times talking about authenticity. HA.

        • Moss Stirling
          Moss Stirling  2 months back


          • Rose Davies
            Rose Davies  2 months back

            Why is everyone hating on the NYT so much

            • unidentified human
              unidentified human  2 months back

              Kashmir is bleeding

              • Janet Airlines
                Janet Airlines  2 months back

                Cnn: we are the fakest news
                New york times: hold my beer

                • donald curry
                  donald curry  2 months back

                  Learn to Code

                  • Matt D
                    Matt D  2 months back

                    NYT, I saw Brett Kavanaugh murd*r two women in 1998 because they were a couple.. Sure, the two women don't remember it happening, but that doesn't matter!! Just print the f*cking story!!

                    • ChestyMD
                      ChestyMD  2 months back

                      Destroying innocent people's reputation with baseless claims.

                      • FUBAR
                        FUBAR  2 months back

                        I hope Kavanaugh lawyers sue you out of existence. Joseph Goebbels would be envious of you.

                        • Gavin C
                          Gavin C  2 months back

                          You activists at the NYT are disgusting

                          • melly mel
                            melly mel  2 months back

                            Y'all just lie too much!

                            • The Trump News Network
                              The Trump News Network  2 months back

                              The NYT is a disgrace and the enemy of the people. You clowns better start learning how to code.Soros won't pay your bills forever.

                              • Mud Flap
                                Mud Flap  2 months back

                                You’re a disgrace to journalism. Who owns you ? Russia ?

                                • The Handsome Supreme Lord Emperor Donald J Trump

                                  Failing New York Times theme tune is the beginning to the Benny Hill Show 😂😭

                                  • Bill Meyer
                                    Bill Meyer  2 months back

                                    New York Trash
                                    Judging from comments any video's comments section will be used to tell NYT what trash they are...
                                    The Fake Media must be sued to lose more money than they make from fake stories

                                    • Bill Tierney
                                      Bill Tierney  2 months back

                                      Will NYT do the honorable thing and voluntarily remove themselves from the WH Press Corps after the criminal assassination attempt against Judge Kavanaugh? Will they need to get the bum's rush treatment?

                                      • sekytwo
                                        sekytwo  2 months back

                                        The New York Times- Faking BS pathetic stories since 1851

                                        • Rocco Smith
                                          Rocco Smith  2 months back

                                          I crap on the New York Times daily, you should also.


                                          • Howard Roark
                                            Howard Roark  2 months back

                                            I kinda wanted to see this movie but ... if NYT is promoting it, I'll pass. I now know the movie is probably garbage.

                                            • Relativity1
                                              Relativity1  2 months back

                                              This is more the new York Slimes speed....its definitley not reporting news.

                                              • Dragon43ish
                                                Dragon43ish  2 months back

                                                The New York Slimes.....

                                                • It's Ma'am
                                                  It's Ma'am  2 months back

                                                  TNYT is a Fing joke, its a bunch of activist calling themselves journalist

                                                  • Janet Airlines
                                                    Janet Airlines  2 months back

                                                    Cnn: we are the fakest news
                                                    New york times: hold our beer

                                                • nutman
                                                  nutman  2 months back

                                                  TRASH NEW YORK TIMES FAKE STORIES ABOUT BRETT!

                                                  • Micah MF
                                                    Micah MF  2 months back

                                                    TOILET PAPER OF RECORD

                                                    • Flávio
                                                      Flávio  2 months back

                                                      What is this? praise of the director , and not mention EVERYTHING was crafted beautifully by the author of the actual book that took ten years to write?

                                                      • PJ
                                                        PJ  2 months back

                                                        New york times is garbage.

                                                        • TheLordBaZAr23
                                                          TheLordBaZAr23  2 months back

                                                          That's a very good job good luck

                                                          • RS1 D
                                                            RS1 D  2 months back

                                                            well this was stupid.

                                                            • Amorous Daisy
                                                              Amorous Daisy  2 months back

                                                              "It's okay fake if you try to pass it as orignal."

                                                              • Soledade Cantanova de Maio

                                                                FELIZ, O POVO QUE TEM ISSO !
                                                                FELIZ, A NAÇÃO CUJO DEUS E O SENHOR!
                                                                ( SALMO 144. 15 ).
                                                                DEMOCRACIA - TRÊS PODERES - IMPRENSA LIVRE

                                                                WELCOME ( THE NEW YORK TIMES ) THANK YOU FOR SHGARING. BRAZIL.

                                                                • neibe
                                                                  neibe  2 months back

                                                                  are these videos paid for by the studio to promote the movie?

                                                                  • Michel Normandin
                                                                    Michel Normandin  2 months back

                                                                    Hollywood has been producing 'not for working brain cells' movies for decades. Now filmmakers have to explain it shot by shot. What a bunch of morons.

                                                                    • Chu Ka
                                                                      Chu Ka  2 months back

                                                                      This scene is fake.

                                                                      • Upright Ape
                                                                        Upright Ape  2 months back

                                                                        Nice to see Jeffrey Wright as:
                                                                        Not a conflicted robot/artificial human.
                                                                        Not a preacher/drug lord.
                                                                        A fine actor.

                                                                        • Simiral Entertainment
                                                                          Simiral Entertainment  2 months back

                                                                          The idea of the film: If you are a good person, then you can safely take any drugs.

                                                                          • montreal canada
                                                                            montreal canada  2 months back

                                                                            مرحب ماذا تفعل الان

                                                                            • Soledade Cantanova de Maio
                                                                              Soledade Cantanova de Maio  2 months back

                                                                              @Joseph Augustine Rhodenhiser HAVE A GREAT WEEK MY FRIEND. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. WELCOME BRAZIL.

                                                                            • montreal canada
                                                                              montreal canada  2 months back

                                                                              ممتاز بالتوفيق انا اعرف ان دراست الكيمياء صعب تريد زن تكون ذكي

                                                                            • Joseph Augustine Rhodenhiser
                                                                              Joseph Augustine Rhodenhiser  2 months back

                                                                              أنا من هنا ، ولدت في أمريكا. بحكي شوي.

                                                                            • montreal canada
                                                                              montreal canada  2 months back

                                                                              انا كنت في امريكا في اريزونا ونيويورك وشيكاغو عشت هناك وقت

                                                                            • montreal canada
                                                                              montreal canada  2 months back

                                                                              نعم انا مقيم في كندا ولكن انت تتكلم العربي ما هي بلدك الأصلي انا فلسطيني