Visual Showdown: Pirosmani VS Pirosmani

Top image: FILM - Pirosmani (1969, directed by Giorgi Shengelaia)
Bottom image: PAINTING- Niko Pirosmani: Dinner of Dukhan Owners - Markozishvili and others (1895-1903, in The State Museum of Fine Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia).

Check out our other Visual Showdown between Kubrick's "The Shining" and a famous Swedish film right here
Pirosmani 1969 Giorgi Shengelaia and Primitive Painting by Niko Pirosmani. 

From Painting to the Screen: Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams!

Akira Kurosawa – From Painting to Screen – Dreams (1990)!
Check out these lovely storyboard paintings by the director himself and shots from the film.

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Don’t forget Akira Kurosawa on set of High & Low here and Dodes’Ka-Den here

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Painting and Cinema: Frida Kahlo and Luc Besson

Frida Kahlo – The Broken Column, 1944.
Mila Jovovich – The 5th Element,  1997.
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Check out Eric Rohmer’s inspiration, Henri Fuseli here

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Alfred Hitchcock inspired by Edward Hopper

According to Stephen Robello’s famous book “Alfred Hitchcock & The Making of Psycho”, Bates Motel was modeled after American painter Edward Hopper’s House by The Railroad, painted in 1925 (currently at MoMA, NY). See for yourself.

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Julianne Moore by Peter Lindbergh, painting-inspired shots!

Painting meets photography: Julianne Moore by Peter Lindbergh for Harper’s Bazaar US May 2008.
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Theo Angelopoulos in front of a Jean Renoir portrait!

Theo ANGELOPOULOS posing in front of a portrait of Jean Renoir by Rene Burri. Photo by Guy Le Querrec. 1998.
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Theo ANGELOPOULOS posing in front of a portrait of Jean Renoir, photographed by Rene BURRI. 1998. by Guy Le Querrec

Painting and Cinema: Rohmer & Fuseli

We would like to start with a series of posts examining the intricate rapport between painting and cinema.

Nestor Almendros, Erich Rohmer’s director of photography has never hidden the fact that he has been directly inspired by cinema when shooting “Marquise d’O”(1976). Let us re-visit the first image, the famed still shot of the Marquise in complete distress. And then, consider “The Nightmare” by Swiss painter Henry Fuseli (1781). There will be more to come each week.
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3 Women – Behind the scenes with Robert Altman

Join Robert Altman, Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek, cast and crew back in 1977 on the set of the amazing film “3 Women”.

Thank you Tarun Neo for these photos and The Criterion Collection.

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Akira Kurosawa painting on set of Dodes’ka-den (1970)

Akira Kurosawa painting on set of Dodes’ka-den (1970). Unknown photographer. Thank you Tarun Neo for your contribution.

Daisaku Kimura, first assistant cameraman on Dodes’ka-den: I thought he would be demanding about getting the colors he wanted, but he said nothing about that. On Dodes’ka-den, what he did was to use color without relying on the film stock itself. He painted every object to be filmed. He didn’t trust the film stock. He painted everything. The sunset in the film was created on a soundstage. He told us to paint it however we liked, so I joined in. But when Kurosawa tells you to paint, it makes you nervous. He was an artist himself, so everyone was nervous. But he said not to worry, to be like kids painting picture books, so we went ahead.

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Akira Kurosawa painting the set of Dodes’ka-den.

Anthony Quinn self-portrait

Irish-Mexican actor Anthony Quinn (1915-2001) is known for his many awesome films such as La Strada (1954), Zorba The Greek (1964), Laurence of Arabia (1962) etc. Other than being an actor, he was also a painter. This is what he had to say about his art and self-portrait:
“Painting the face as a picture is not difficult. It’s rather easy. But to paint the essence of what that face is or what it represents to me- that’s going to be the next step”.
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