If Edward Hopper lifted his head and saw the way his visual work has influenced the seventh art, he surely would never return to frequent the cinemas the same way, even when he was looking for inspiration from the gods of film noir.
Directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Terrence Malick, Sam Mendes, Wim Wenders and David Lynch, among others, have succumbed to his legacy, recreating some of the most famous paintings of the artist, like the omnipresent Nighthawks or House by the railroad.
Almost half a century after his death (1882-1967), a new film director has taken this intense relation a step further. The responsible person is the creator of Film Ist, Gustav Deutsch. In his new film, Shirley: Visions of Reality, the renowned director of Austrian avant-garde sets aside his exquisite technique of found footage to experiment with this even trickier circus, achieving a perfect symbiosis between the film and the picture, the past and the present, the real and the imaginary. A masterpiece in every sense that will delight the biggest lovers of art through visual contemplation of the 13 pictures by Hopper which come to life on the screen.
With a voice-over that places the audience in different moments of American history between the 30s and the 60s and a common protagonist, Shirley, the director invites us to reflect on the evolution of the cinema (not for nothing is his muse an imaginary actress) and exposes the secret hidden within the positions and attitudes of those solitary and melancholic characters who seem to be trapped in a world without exit.
Released in Spain: May 30th