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Art in cinema

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July 30th, 2012, 4:49 pm #1

Here's what I'm after:

Example 1: Just interesting works of art in movies. Like for example in Carlo Vanzina's 1983 film Mystere there's a scene where you can see Fontana Lucio's slashed canvas in the background. I don't like the movie, but I liked the idea of one of these canvases in giallo slasher like this.

Example 2: Works of art as a pivotal plot point in movie. Again my examples are from Italy. There seems to be a lot of Italian films in with sculptures are used as a murder weapon. Like the near fatal encounter with modern art in the Bird with the Crystal Plumage or more shocking close encounter in Damned in Venice.

Example 3: Well, the way Alain Robbe-Grillet did it. Just look at L'éden et après or La belle captive. Espesially the three-dimensional Piet Mondrian set in L'éden et après is just mad!

So, I'm interested to hear any obscure observations of art in (obscure) films...
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August 2nd, 2012, 6:43 am #2

What immediately comes to mind is pretty much anything by Pasolini. His works constantly reference painting, and frequently feature recreations of famous works of art - LA RICOTTA, DECAMERON, etc. are all excellent examples.
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August 2nd, 2012, 8:26 am #3

not sure if it fits into "obscure" but i noticed some painting-"real life" recreations (you could also say three-dimensional..) in Michele Soavi´s movies as Dellamorte Dellamore, the scene with Rupert Everett and Anna Falchi kiss while their heads are covered is from Rene Magritte´s painting The Lovers (http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lw78yg0y7n1ql39fh.jpg) or a scene in "The church" is a recreation of Boris Vallejo´s "Vampire Kiss" (http://vallejo.ural.net/1979/show.php?001)
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August 2nd, 2012, 9:21 am #4

Excellent observations John K and Freak Castle!!! Just the stuff I'm after!

Also noticed that the Boris Vallejo´s "Vampire's Kiss" looks alot like:
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August 2nd, 2012, 11:53 am #5

nice find!
i own actually that locandina as i am a fan of the artwork and bimba di satana is not a bad "sleazer" either so its a nice " 2 in 1 "

on a further example should be also mentioned Edo Porn - Hokusai Manga a bio pic about the great Hokusai, there is also a nice scene recreation of his iconic "Dreams of a fishermans wife"
http://www.sarudama.com/japanese_movies/edoporn.shtml
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August 2nd, 2012, 2:59 pm #6

I have seen some film about Hokusai. But I'm not sure was it this one. Anyways thanks for the tip.

Just watched the Sister of Ursula. It's gotta have one of the sleaziest use of sculptures in history of cinema. According to the director the sculpture is a 17th century statue of a monk by Magellano.
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August 2nd, 2012, 3:05 pm #7

Now that you mention biographical movies. Does anyone know if the Egon Schiele movie by John Goldschmidt is out on DVD anywhere? I use to have UK tape of it...
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August 4th, 2012, 3:33 am #8

Remembered another favorite! (I forget if you asked for Euro cinema only. This is not, but a great example nonetheless.)

The key image in Kim Ki-Duk's 3-IRON, also used in the poster art, of two lovers kissing over the shoulder of another man, is an exact replication of Wang Du's sculpture "The Kiss," on display in the Pompidou Center in Paris. I'm not sure which came first, but the smart money's probably on the sculpture. I nearly shit a brick when walking through the museum and seeing the statue for the first time! But, it's a beautiful appropriation, masterfully employed.
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August 4th, 2012, 9:45 am #9

Wow, I'm not familiar with Kim Ki-Duk's 3-IRON nor with the Wang Du's sculpture the Kiss. Thanks for your observation.
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August 4th, 2012, 10:20 am #10

John K wrote: (I forget if you asked for Euro cinema only. This is not, but a great example nonetheless.)
Oh and, examples for all films are welcome.

Here's one classic USA example. 1961 Nicholas Ray film King of Kings has crucifixion scene filmed from the same perspective as the most famous of Salvador Dali's Christ's crucifixion paintings. Also for euro cult fans, watch our for Fernando Sancho in a small role as a madman. :lol:
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