It took a long time for films to be considered works of art. As a medium, film is still relatively young compared to literature and fine art. And while movies have often been inspired by novels and stories, it’s sometimes less noticeable when a filmmaker specifically references a classic painting.
In a new supercut, a Vimeo user calling themselves Vugar Efendi has created a “Film Meets Art” supercut that takes eight examples of cinematic homages to famous works of art. Some are very easy to spot, like The Adventures of Baron Munchausen‘s take on Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus with Uma Thurman as Venus, or Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper in Inherent Vice. But if you’re not familiar with Benjamin Robert Haydon’s Napoleon Bonaparte, Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy, or Alex Colville’s Pacific then some of the references are harder to spot without this video as a guide.
Perhaps the most arresting visual in this supercut is the Ophelia painting by Sir John Everett Millais, which director Lars Von Trier used as inspiration in his film, Melancholia.
“Art inspires cinema, cinema inspires art,” wrote Vugar Efendi on the supercut’s Vimeo page. “As [a] lover of both, I just wanted to look into films that are inspired by famous paintings throughout history. There are plenty of movies more to include, maybe for a second part in the future.”
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Image Credits: Vugar Efendi