In a message dated 5/31/01 12:03:36 AM Central Daylight Time,
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> Would love names of films that feature paintings as part of their
> fiction, especially when the painting is being enacted, like A ZED AND
> TWO NOUGHTS, PASSION (Godard), and a short film by Susan Seidelman where
> a character enters a Dutch painting.
> Thanks in advance. Ruth Perlmutter

Dear Ruth,

This is not quite a focused answer to  your question, but WHAT DREAMS
MAY COME by Robin Williams is a veritable history of landscape painting
for Salvator Rosa all the way up to the 20th Century.   The paintings are used
chronologically and work as an history of the genre.   Being busy with other
matters, I have never sat down to figure out what was going on in this motif,
but it is the most prominent use of painting as mise en scene that I know
of in recent filmmaking.

And it is not clear to me that anybody has discussed this use of paintings;
perhaps there is someone on the list who has done so....

Peter Rollins
Film & History
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