The artistic couple made up of Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek, filmmaker and art director of the film Shirley: Visions of Reality, gave a master class aimed at plastic arts students.
Through a series of transparencies, the director of the series Film Ist, one of the most important representatives of Austrian avant garde, exhibited, together with his art director, a sample of references and influences of his latest work: 13 pictures of American artist Edward Hooper, which come to life in amazing sets that recreate the settings of the paintings of this essential disciple of the Ashcan School.
Deutsch and Schimek’s work is truly outstanding. The carefully selected colors, the details and the aesthetic representation of the 40s and 50s inspired other great artists to do a tridimensional recreation that combines painting, cinema, plastic arts, architecture, dancing and sound design.
The filmmakers showed the influence Hopper had on Hitchcock’s films –especially in the design of the apartments in Rear Window- and on noir films, such as Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity.
Iconic celebrities such as Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean were immortalized in his paintings. Deutsch and Schimek showed advertisements, pictures of artists, furniture and newspapers that are part of the plastic artist’s visual universe. Hopper captured contemporary culture in all its splendor, but from an intimate perspective.
Hopper was a true expert in depicting indoor scenes with remarkable intimacy and dramatic expression in the characters’ faces, watching them from windows and, at the same time, exhibiting the context, putting them into a voyeuristic universe, and giving relevance to cities, buildings and architecture.
The teachers also showed their own references for making Shirley and recreating Hopper’s paintings, for example, live recreations of paintings by Diego Velázquez.
It is not often that a festival gives us the opportunity to have such a master class on plastic arts. The memory of Edward Hopper comes back to life in the work of Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek.
Shirley: Visions of Reality
TODAY, 5.00 pm, CIN 2