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The Paintings That Inspired The Movies
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Lust For Life

Lust For life, Wheatfield With Crows by Vincent van Gogh

Inspired By: Wheatfield With Crows (Vincent van Gogh)

A bit of a cheat considering that this 1956 melodrama is a formal biopic of van Gogh, but the great Dutchman’s work also inspired the look of Vincent Minnelli’s film and warrants a place on the list. For one thing, Minnelli deepened the yellows of his fields to match the artist’s palette using that friend of the auteur, spray paint; for another, there’re plenty of scenes in which Kirk Douglas portrays the anguished van Gogh at work, not least in painting his last great work, the brooding, menacing Wheatfield With Crows. Anthony Quinn steals the show with an Oscar-winning turn as tough-guy ladies’ man Paul Gauguin, but only because there’s no award for Best Supporting Landscape.

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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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