Saturday 6 November 2010

Coincidence -- Campion copies Hopper?

This post was originally written on 1st September, 2010.

Read a review of Bright Star here.

Edward Hopper: "If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint."

Bright Star
"Morning Sun"

7 Responses “Coincidence?” →

Jonathan Mendelsohn [Link]
September 1, 2010
What a cool find! I can’t imagine there is a coincidence.

I can imagine if I were a filmaker having many a desire to copy Hopper paintings as still scenes in my movie. Is there a more gorgeous, if elegiac painter?

Hopper has had me dream of his gas station by the side of the country road at dusk many times.

September 1, 2010
I agree — it can’t be a mere coincidence: the bedroom, the morning sun, the bed, the lone woman, the oblong shadow, the gaze … there are too many similarities. Of course, our mind is very capable of seeing what we want to see….

September 1, 2010
I haven’t seen the film, but in general I would say the temptation to put beautifully composed still frames – especially when they are landscapes – are one of the greatest obstacles to the flow of the narrative of a film, even if a film is more poetry than a story. I don’t know what happened with this film, but I am always wary of films when cinema is treated like a visual montage or sequence of photos…

September 1, 2010
But I love ‘moving postcards’, as in the film Let The Right One In.

Words to ponder “…if [Hopper] were a better painter, he would, most likely, not be so superior an artist.” Clement Greenberg

Much classier way of “copying” than the constant recycling of tracing paper/animation patterns (and subsequent auto-plagiarizing) you find in Disney movies, so that they can make their movies faster and cheaper: 

September 2, 2010
Remember Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “Blue” and “Red”? That’s the idea. Two persons, a composer and a beggar, produced the same tune in different places at different time. A poster happens to be a real-life caption. I love coincidence!

1 comment:

  1. What a coincidence! I thought the same about coincidence in Kieslowski's films!


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