Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Movies inspired by art: World War Z

Earlier this year Richee and I went to Paris, where we had the almighty pleasure of seeing an exhibition entitled "L'Ange du Bizarre" at the Musee d'Orsay. Based around "dark romantic" art. It turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. Even spent 50€ on the book, even though it's all in French...

There was one picture that reminded me of of a particular film poster that had been doing the rounds. "La Ronde du Sabbat" (1828) by Louis Boulanger is a typical piece of 19th century fantastical painting; quasi-religious subject matter and masses of naked female bodies.The striking bit is the onslaught of bodies tumbling down from the heavens as if they were one single entity. I leaned over to Richee and said, "remind you of anything?"

Whether the designer who came up with the poster for World War Z and the films director had seen Boulanger's painting is unknown. What you can't denigh though is the similarities, both containing swaves of inhuman bodies coming down to Earth/up to the sky and attacking people.

But why the mass of bodies? Because nothing is more scary to the individual, whether your a holy man or Brad Pitt, then the "madding crowd" as Thomas Gray says, especially when they are a mass of zombies.

Is there any other artists work that reminds you of film? Or indeed, any artists who's work is inspired by art?


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