The Works of Andrés Sanz: a (non) systematic review.

The items posted here are notes, ideas and (moving) pictures that were part of the creative process during the making of my work.

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22 April 2009

Flat Love: Looking at Paintings

There is something weird and wonderful about looking at people on a flat surface (actors portraying characters on a film screen) that are themselves also gazing upon the painting of another character.

Anytime I watched such a scene in a movie, I found myself dreamily fascinated.

The painting seems to become alive, casting a mysterious spell over the characters. They become hunted and obsessed with the image, the portrait of a ghost, someone from the past, missing or dead, whose shadow falls heavy over the living. Other times the painting represents, man or woman, the unattainable object of desire. The infatuation with the picture becomes so sexually charged that pushes the character to the verge of insanity. A brief glance at a portrait can have dangerous consequences. Better be careful next time we visit a gallery...

Rebecca (1940). Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Citizen Kane (1941). Dir. Orson Welles

The Woman in the Window (1944) Dir. Fritz Lang

Laura (1944) Dir. Otto Preminger

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) Dir. Albert Lewin

Vertigo (1958) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

The Trial (1962) Dir. Orson Welles

Bocaccio ’70 (segment "Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio") (1962). Dir. Federico Fellini

Donovan's Reef (1963) Dir. John Ford

Dressed to Kill (1980) Dir. Brian De Palma

Venus (2006) Dir. Roger Michell

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