When it comes to movies, we all have our favorites. Those particular ones that we love so much often mean something to us in some manner, either it is because it was made by a certain director, it is included in one of your favorite film genres, or it has a recognizable style that you admire. For some people, they love a specific film to the point they want to know everything about it from its conception to its execution, usually asking the question “how did they come up with that?”
We do not think about it but artists rub off each other. One person may be a filmmaker but he or she may adore the work of a photographer or painter, giving them the inspiration they need for a film they are currently working on. And when this happens, they give homages to the original artist like a thank you note. We can sometimes see these little notes in their films. They can come in the form of a character design, a line in a script, or having the original piece inserted in the movie.
Some of you may be familiar with art history. Others not so much. Whether you do or don't, it's always pretty cool to see what inspired hollywood’s best directors and their creative teams to create (or recreate) concepts or even a costume based off another work of art. Here is a list of films that were inspired by the world’s greatest artworks.
10 Pacific Rim
9 Django Unchained
7 Lost in Translation
5 Pan’s Labyrinth
4 The Exorcist
3 The Shining
It is simply impossible to have this list and not include Alien. It is known that H.R. Giger is the creator of the Xenomorph, which is based off his own dark surrealist paintings. However, he was inspired by another painting called Francis Baceon’s study of Pope Innocent X, which is a disturbing piece of the pontiff’s melted face. That piece, in turn, was based off another similar painting done by Master Diego Velazquez who made his piece on the exact same pontiff. Basically, the Xenomorph is a wonderful frightening blend of 17th and 20th century artists and their distinct styles.
Sources: Flavorwire, Empire Online
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