Friday, August 2, 2013

Visual Feast - Shirley Visions of Reality

The Melbourne International Film Festival brought a real treat - a film by Gustav Deutsch called
Shirley Visions of Reality.
The synopsis is:
13 of Edward Hopper’s paintings are brought alive by the film, telling the story of a woman, whose thoughts, emotions and contemplations lets us observe an era in American history.

It was a joy to sit for an hour and more looking intensely at the Hopper images brought to life. The promotional picture of a woman on a bed looking out of a window is an indication of the mood of the film.

The re-creation of the other  12 paintings, with real actors who bear a very close resemblance to the figures in the original paintings is mesmerising. The narrative moves from the 1930s, ‘40s, ‘50s to the early ‘60s.
In the images below, he top image is from the film - the bottom is the Hopper painiting

Hopper's work  was influenced by film noir –  as the director says in his statement  - in his choice of lighting, subject and framing as seen in paintings such as Night Windows (1938), Office at Night (1940), Room in New York (1932) and his irect references to cinema such as in New York Movie (1939) and Intermission (1963) – and on the other hand influenced filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock, Jim Jarmusch, Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders.

It is really worth looking at the website for the film - and keeping a look out for the film - if you get a chance to see it, do!


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