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Nighthawks (Edward Hopper)

Inspired By: Nighthawks (Edward Hopper)

Another Hopper painting that’s often been referenced in films (and TV shows from The Simpsons to That ‘70s Show) is Nighthawks. There are explicit recreations of it in Wim Wenders’ The End Of Violence and Dario Argento’s Profondo Rosso, but it also served as a visual reference for Ridley Scott’s science-fiction masterpiece, with the painting’s colour palette faithfully reproduced onscreen. “I was constantly waving a reproduction of this painting under the noses of the production team to illustrate the look and mood I was after,” says Scott. Presumably, after a full day of this the production team would slope off to a quiet diner to escape the paintings being waved under their noses; however it happened, the influence comes across in Deckard’s isolated city life.

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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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