Have you ever spotted a famous artwork while watching a movie?
Paintings are rarely included in a movie without having a purpose.
Great filmmakers walk the tightrope between visual and verbal storytelling.
They understand that quite a lot can be said by using great art to speak for you.
The artwork is often in the background so that only a careful audience can appreciate and understand its presence in the scene.
Mark Rothko's "Untitled no.12" in Limitless
They are obviously not just a set piece, they can make a great impact and sometimes they are as important as a character. Art helps to underline the social status, the historic period of the story or can be the key to penetrate the entire meaning of the entire film. Sometimes artworks provide a kind of commentary on the main characters that reveal aspects of their personalities. They contribute to the creation of a particular atmosphere. Other times they are just a respectful tribute to great artist.
Robert Longo's "Man in the cities" in American Psycho
John Currin's "Nude in a Convex Mirror" in Nocturnal Animals
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