How Edward Hopper's Plaintive Visions of Americana Influenced Cinematography


aintings have influenced some of the most iconic compositions in the history of cinematography. From Michael Mann’s dead-ringerrecreation of Alex Colville’s “Pacific” in Heat to Christopher Nolan’s not-so-subtle homages to M.C. Escher in Inception, directors and cinematographers never cease to draw inspiration from the very first masters of light: painters. (In fact, Stanley Kubrick and his DP John Alcott meticulously shot the entirety of Barry Lyndon to resemble 18th-century paintings.)