Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cross Pollination: Paintings That Inspired Movies

"American 20th century artist Edward Hopper’s paintings have an empty, desolate quality that fitted the isolated motel of Psycho rather well. This particular 1925 painting, of a Gothic farmhouse on a lonely plain, informed the look of the Bates house in some detail, with the steps up the hill from the motel even offering a visual nod to the railroad of the painting. Hopper was a keen fan of cinema and was apparently delighted that his painting had contributed to the film. Hollywood has generally repaid the compliment, with this painting in particular also a huge influence on Terrence Malick’s Days Of Heaven and a clear model for the homestead there."

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