A series of snapshots from the life of a fictional actress named Shirley serves to weave together thirteen paintings by Edward Hopper (e.g. “Office at Night”, “Western Motel”, “Usherette”, “A Woman in the Sun”) into a fascinating synthesis of painting and film, personal and political history.
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Deutsch had the chance to give life to Hopper's paintings, but, unfortunately, the only difference between the paintings and the film is the voice over. I could hear how alienated and disappointed the protagonist feels, but due to the lack of emotion I simply could not see it (or feel it myself for that matter).