Monday, March 19, 2007

From Canvas to Celluloid

Inspired by the forthcoming film based on Thomas Kinkade's painting, "The Christmas Cottage," Tyler Green has sent out call for folks to list their top five choices for other paintings that should be made into films.

So here goes. Five paintings I think someone should make into a film
  1. The Girl With the Pearl Earring
  2. The Rape of the Sabine Women
  3. Mona Lisa
  4. The Starry Night
  5. Nighthawks
Huh, what's that? I can't hear... Ohhhh....

OK, so that was silly and lazy of me...I'll give this more thought. Your ideas?


Blogger Matthew Nash said...

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3/19/2007 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous ml said...

I think the Kinkade film should include the Seven Dwarves and he himself can play the Wicked Witch.

3/19/2007 11:27:00 AM  
Anonymous David said...

My vote is for one of Andy's Campbell Soup paintings. Why should product placement always play a supporting role?

3/19/2007 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger kurt said...

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3/19/2007 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger Eva Lake said...

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3/19/2007 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger Eva Lake said...

Nighthawks is a great choice.

How about Ed and Nancy Keinholz?

3/19/2007 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa Hunter said...

Roy Lichtenstein's painting "I'd Rather Sink Than Ask Brad for Help."

If you're willing to open this up to sculpture, Tracy Emin's defunct "Everyone I've Ever Slept With" could make a good Sundance indie.

3/19/2007 02:59:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa Hunter said...

No, wait! The Nancy Baker painting where aliens invade the medieval village. That's got "summer blockbuster" written all over it.

3/19/2007 03:01:00 PM  
Blogger ondine-nyc said...

The Girl With the Pearl Earring was a great novel and film!

3/19/2007 03:14:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Rywalt said...

How about one of Ad Reinhardt's Black Paintings? I like this one. And you can zoom in on it!

3/19/2007 04:31:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

The Large Glass
(I think that is already a Burger King commercial)

D'amoiselles d'Avignon (or however you spell it)

One:Number 31 (Pollock)

Three Chairs (Kosuth)

Flag (Johns)

3/19/2007 04:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ed:

Eve Sussman just made The Rape of the Sabine Women.

3/19/2007 05:40:00 PM  
Blogger George said...

Susan Seidelman made a short film in 1994 The Dutch Master (27min)
It was Nominated for an Oscar in 1994, as the Best Short Film, Live Action

The plot centered around a basically normal New York woman who visits an art museum and becomes fascinated by a painting depicting a 17th-century household. It becomes an obsession and she imagines herself walking into the world of the painting…

I helped build the "17th-century Dutch interior" set.
The scenic managed to make a not so little "Dutch master painting", from a photograph of the set, in 3 days. It was better than most gallery fare.

So… I had to wrap my head around this...
The set designer designed a set from a composite of Dutch period paintings.
We used his drawing to build and decorate a set of the period Dutch room.
The actors were staged in the set we made, and a photograph was taken.
The photograph was made into a painting.
The painting was filmed in a set, with the illusion of the actress ‘walking into the painting’
Which of course was only the set we made, and the whole thing was caught on film

Funny thing, I never saw the film.

3/19/2007 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous David said...

Funny thing, I never saw the film.

What I want to see are stills from the film, or maybe paintings based on them :)

3/19/2007 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Jon Shore said...

For a film: Pieter BRUEGEL "The Hunters in the Snow", "Winter Landscape with Bird Trap", "The Harvesters" All created in 1565.

3/19/2007 09:41:00 PM  
Blogger sven said...

I believe that painting (bruegel) was featured both literaly and metaphorically in Tarkovsky's wonderful "Solaris"

how about the Death of Sardanapalus ?

3/19/2007 11:00:00 PM  
Blogger Jacques de Beaufort said...

"The Scream" by Munch

3/20/2007 03:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Bruegel painting could also work

3/20/2007 06:07:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Eve Sussman just made The Rape of the Sabine Women.

Further evidence that my joke was poorly planned...all those paintings have inspired films (actually the last one, just a title, but it should inspire a film). That was the joke...see, it's funny because...nevermind...

I won't quit my day job for a tour of the comedy circuit anytime soon...don't worry.

3/20/2007 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean just one work artist wonder Eve Sussman of Brooklyn?

3/20/2007 08:37:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

(the majority's position on issues like gay rights is beginning to dwindle).

sounds like somebody's jealous to me... ;-)

3/20/2007 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger ondine-nyc said...

George, I saw "The Dutch Master" years ago. It was wonderful. You guys did a great job.

Sorry, missed your joke completely!

3/20/2007 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pieter Bruegel's Hunters in the Snow, Ickarus, and others, are featured prominently in Tarkovsky's Solaris.

3/20/2007 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

woops, thats right sven, the whole movie is really an expanded meditation on hunters in the snow....beautiful....

3/20/2007 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

I've always thought that Andrew Wyeth's work was very cinematic in an enigmatic way. Imagine "Christina's World" come to life. Maybe she finally gets up the hill to the creepy old house.

Or you could reverse engineer any of those Cindy Sherman photos that look like old-time movie stills.


3/20/2007 02:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...

What was that movie with Robin Williams where he was literally swimming himself through Van Gogh-ish landscapes?

I want to make the urinal into a movie.

Lisa: that roy painting was sort of emulated in the last James Bond film.

I like the guy who did a video game out of Broadway Boogie Woogie:


Cedric Caspesyan

3/20/2007 06:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on here. You mean nobody thinks that Bruegel's Mad Meg would make a great movie. It depicts an army of women invading and sacking hell.

3/20/2007 06:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Henry said...

I'm curious to know what movies would make for a good painting.

3/20/2007 07:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Henry:

Mother And Son by Sokourov


3/20/2007 07:39:00 PM  
Blogger Bill Gusky said...

Top Five Paintings That Should Be Made Into Films, by Bill Gusky:

5. The Entry of Christ into Brussels (Ensor)

4. The Ship of Fools (Bosch)

3. Guernica

2. The Epic of American Civilization (Orozco)

1. Nighthawks (Hopper)

3/20/2007 09:28:00 PM  
Anonymous julia said...

Figure Five in Gold would make a terrific, if short, movie.

And I'd wait in line for sure to watch a film based on Marc Quinn's Self.

3/21/2007 02:29:00 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

I've written up scenarios for four movies from paintings over at my place ( Interested parties for development should contact my agent. As I said, I'm not greedy. I'd settle for "Bruce Willis money."

3/21/2007 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous David said...

Bob, I'd like to propose Don Knotts as the father for American Gothic. I think he might be dead, but that may not be a problem. All I ask is a small casting fee. I'll have my people call your people, as soon as I get some people.

3/21/2007 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey-did anyone hear that Forman is releasing "Goya's Ghost" in July 07?

I just saw a film clip and almost tossed my cookies, graphic torture by the catholic church, starring natalie portman writing and crying, a lot.

3/21/2007 01:21:00 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Don Knotts is an inspired, if decomposing choice. He'd at least be cheaper than Alan Arkin, especially after Little Miss Sunshine. That would definitely leave more money for us to split, 90-10 as I see it. Deal or no deal?

--Bob (

3/21/2007 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jeff wall's already theatrical cinematic dramatic embellished photogtraphs. screaming to be films.

3/23/2007 11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous David said...

Bob, deal!

3/23/2007 11:55:00 AM  

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