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Did You Know These Films Were Inspired By Famous Artworks?

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Did You Know These Films Were Inspired By Famous Artworks?

Popular culture is constantly referencing, distilling and recreating the past - whether its remakes of old films, using a new medium to tell the same story or retelling previous events and stories, our past has the ability to shape and transform our future.


One of the most obvious examples of the past influencing the present day is in the world of filmmaking. It's a well known fact that directors and filmmakers often draw inspiration from famous figures, iconic artworks and the world of literature.

Here's a few examples of classical artworks that laid the foundation and inspiration for various scenes in the world of film. Some might just surprise you.

1. Labyrinth (Jim Henson, 1986) – Relativity (M. C. Escher, 1953)

2. Lost In Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003) – Jutta (John Kacere, 1973)

3. Melancholia (Lars Von Trier, 2011) – Ophelia (John Everett Millais, 1851-1852)

4. Road To Perdition (Sam Mendes, 2002) – New York Movie (Edward Hopper, 1939)f

5. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino, 2012) – The Blue Boy (Thomas Gainsborough, 1977)

6. Under The Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013) – Wanderer Above The Sea Of Fog (Casper David Friedrich, 1818)

7. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980) – Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967 (Diane Arbus, 1967)

8. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Terry Gilliam, 1989) – The Birth Of Venus (Sandro Botticelli, 1484-1486)

9. Days Of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978) – Christina’s World (Andrew Wyeth, 1948)

10. Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010) – Ascending and Descending (M. C. Escher, 1960)

11. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) – House By The Rail Road (Edward Hopper, 1925)

**12. Metropolis (Fitz Lang, 1928) – The Tower Of Babel (Pieter Bruegel, 1563)

**13. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, 2006) – Saturn Devouring His Son (Francisco de Goya, 1819-1823)

How many did you already know? And is there any glaring omissions we need to include on this list?

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