Written by Gosia
Here is the theme of Dutch art again, but this time painters vs. movies. There are several artists or works of art that became an inspiration for a script… and there were a lot of them. I will give three proposals, which may also convince those not particularly interested in this topic.
Loving Vincent (2017)
I know, there is already a lot of movies about Van Gogh… but this one is different! They say: ‘Hardly any movie really deserves the term “painting” more than “Loving Vincent’. This is a full-size animation that consists of 65,000 film frames, made by 125 painters who created them by painting pictures in technique and style imitating van Gogh. No wonder it took over 7 years to finish it! Fortunately, Loving Vincent is not only about nice pictures. This production also offers a cheerless but undoubtedly intriguing plot. So what is the movie about? It is the story after the artist’s death, told from the point of view of Armand Roulin, the son of a postman. The boy promises his father, Vincent’s friend, that he will deliver the last letter written by the artist, and embarks on a journey more complicated than it seems at first. People met along the way are none other than the characters depicted on real paintings They tell in flashbacks what happened with Vincent just before his death.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
The movie was based on the novel by Tracy Chevalier of the same title, inspired by the painting of a Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer. The main character is Griet; a young, uneducated girl who starts working in the artist’s wealthy home to earn a living. She expresses interest in painting, what Johannes quickly notices. Veneer sees her as a soul mate and introduces her to his world. Griet quickly becomes his muse, which leads to rumors about their romance… The film impresses with its subtlety and lack of literality. There are not many words, but silence or gestures say a lot more. One short sentence and a few face movements are enough. The city of Delft is also shown in an interesting way. The pictures show dirt, mud, geese on the streets, what makes it in a way very beautiful. Watching this film can be somehow a get away from the gray reality that moves into the captivating world of colors.
The director of the film, Peter Greenaway, is famous for his passion for art and thinking in images, which is very clearly manifested on the screen. “Nightwatching” came from his fascination with the painting of the Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, who turns out to be something much more than typical for the era collective portrait of the Amsterdam shooting company. Greenaway tries almost literally to get inside the painting – he recreates the painter’s story when he unexpectedly comes across the trail of a cruel murder, which he supposedly signaled in his piece of art.