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Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013)

13 of Edward Hopper's paintings are brought alive by the film, telling the story of a woman, whose thoughts, emotions and contemplations let us observe an era in American history. Shirley ... See full summary »

Director:

Gustav Deutsch

Writer:

Gustav Deutsch (screenplay)
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4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Stephanie Cumming Stephanie Cumming
Christoph Bach
Florentín Groll Florentín Groll
Elfriede Irrall Elfriede Irrall
Tom Hanslmaier
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Jeff Burrell ... Himself (voice)
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Storyline

13 of Edward Hopper's paintings are brought alive by the film, telling the story of a woman, whose thoughts, emotions and contemplations let us observe an era in American history. Shirley is a woman in America in the 1930s, '40s, '50s, and early '60s. A woman who would like to influence the course of history with her professional and socio political involvement.

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episodic | based on painting | See All (2) »

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Documentary

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Austria

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 December 2013 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Shirley - Der Maler Edward Hopper in 13 Bildern See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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possibly more suited to a gallery installation

This is not a particularly easy film to watch due to the lack of specific narrative flow but it is even more difficult to write about. Based upon the realisation of thirteen of Edward Hopper's paintings, this is a mesmerising experience as the pictures appear, filling the screen, with characters then appearing within the immaculately contrived images. The orange, yellow, green and brown are immediately recognisable and there is always a clear light source, usually open window or cinema screen. The concept is not entirely spurious as Hopper apparently utilised film or literary sources as inspiration but it is a most unconventional film and possibly more suited to a gallery installation. Certainly looks good though.


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