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The Paintings That Inspired The Movies
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Heat

Pacific by Alex Colville, Heat

Inspired By: Pacific (Alex Colville)

Like Munnings, David Alexander Colville was a war artist who went on to a successful post-conflict career and has since inspired filmmakers with his canvases; like Hopper and Wyeth he was another American realist. Here, the Canadian’s 1967 portrait of modern alienation spills over with answered questions – What is the man pondering? Why the gun? How will he shift those tough-looking stains on the table? – and lent Michael Mann a readymade mise-en-scene for Heat. Study Neil McCauley’s (Robert De Niro) return to his beachside home and note the pose, the gun and the air of dramatic possibility, none of it good. No stains on the Mann table, mind you.

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1 Nighthawks and The Sting maybe?
When I first saw this picture it reminded me so much of when Hooker (Redford) meets the female assassin posing as a waitress in the cafe. More

Posted by drico on Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:01

2 Rembrandt?
Ah I see. Too close? More

Posted by annrhoward on Sunday June 23, 2013, 13:52

3 Rembrandt?
What about Peter Greenaway's 'Nightwatching' based on Rembrandt's painting 'The Night Watch' ? More

Posted by annrhoward on Sunday June 23, 2013, 13:51

4 RE:
Clever. Never made that link before :-) More

Posted by DunBirnin on Saturday June 22, 2013, 09:46

5 RE: Lee/Howe
Murray, they were illustrating the same subject matter as the film, so I categorised them with Dali and Spellbound as being too closely involved. More

Posted by Helen OHara on Friday June 21, 2013, 16:35


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