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Filmmakers that Paint-ed

Chopin

about 5 years ago

Alright, list the filmmakers you know who were involved in painting. I’m curious. I would imagine most were and for fun, list a director who you think probably was not involved in painting, without looking it up.

The Ones who did

Teshigahara
Ozu
Kurosawa
Baron (Allen Baron)
Warhol

And those are it who I know did.

Now for my hypothesis for who never did, does

Tarantino
P.T. Anderson
Kubrick? I know one of his wives is a painter though
Hitchcock
Lean
Scorsese

Don’t be criminally offended if I said someone who did not, actually did, does.

Scott

about 5 years ago

according to dietrich’s daughter’s book, josef von sternberg painted. i wouldn’t be surprised if Murnau was an painter too. oh, and Mizoguchi (no surprise) studied painting.

M I

about 5 years ago

David Lynch and Julian Schnabel first come up in my mind as to those who do.

christo​pher sepesy

about 5 years ago

Schnabel, of course, and Warhol.

Cocteau.

I went to an entire gallery show of Fellini’s paintings and drawings.

dope fiend willy

about 5 years ago

I wouldn’t count Warhol as either a filmmaker or a painter.

KJ

about 5 years ago

I’m sorry, but is there a larger point to be made? I mean, why not ask “Directors who play piano?” Or “do photography”, or “write poetry”?

Willam

about 5 years ago

Vincent Gallo was a celebrated painter far before his film career.

witkacy

about 5 years ago

Peter Greenaway has painted prolifically, even while making a steady stream of films.

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about 5 years ago

Wim Wenders! He moved to Paris in October 1966 to become a painter. However, it didn’t quite work out & so he became a filmmaker (happily for us!).

Harry Long

about 5 years ago

Julian Schnabel:
I’m not certain that gluing broken crockery to panels properly qualifies.
Vincent Gallo:
If the examples I’ve seen on his website are any indication, I wouldn’t call him an artist.

Col. Dax

about 5 years ago

Bresson was a painter, which is pretty evident in his style. Jia Zhang-ke was originally going to be a painter, and indeed Still Life looks like a painting moved at 24 frames a second, as does the parts of Platform I’ve seen.

Adempti​on

about 5 years ago

Do?

I’d say Wim Wenders, but he is a photographer. His shots are set up with photos in mind, not from a painterly perspective.

Peter Greenaway & David Lynch, and they do.

Don’t?
I’d imagine Sam Fuller didn’t. Maybe he did. I dunno. I just associate brusque directors with non-painters.

Edit: Great minds, Grey Daisies, just saw your Wenders post.

Willam

about 5 years ago

@Harry Long

These are his primary works. (once at the website click on photos, then click the art tab)

http://www.galloappreciation.com/index2.html

My favorites of his are as follows. (they should have images of these on the link as well)

I’LL ALWAYS REMEMBER AUGUST 1988
TWO 1983
WHEN? 1987
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS 1988
FOUND IN PIER PAOLO PASOLINI’S HOUSE 1982
EATING ALONE 1984

Kenji

about 5 years ago

After being a boxer, then cavalryman in Mexico John Huston went to Paris to study painting- whiich is certainly relevant to his filmography. The aptly named Michelangelo Antonioni also did paintings. On meeting Mark Rothko he compared MR’s paintings with his films- “about nothing…with precision”. There’s a worthwhile short by Antonioni, admiring Michelangelo sculptures, Michelangelo Eye to Eye.

mmoore

about 5 years ago

Maurice Pialat

Kenji

about 5 years ago

Leni Riefenstahl studied painting, but i don’t know if Hitler was a film-maker

And who could have had a better grounding in painting than Renoir- who tried his hand at pottery

Marcel Camus was an art teacher, Walerian Borowczyk went to art college, Jane Campion took art courses in Europe, Jacques Becker studied painting and music

Alexander Dovzhenko was a painter and political cartoonist, Humphrey Jennings was a painter and critic

it may be interesting trying to gauge any patterns comparing directors with painting and theatre backgrounds, and a few like Browning, Fellini and Jodorowsky even came from circus backgrounds

Kenji

about 5 years ago

Oh and Takeshi Kitano did paintings that are an important part of Hana-bi. Like Jason Trochesset, i’m not convinced by Warhol as either painter or film-maker. Fritz Lang trained as a painter in Paris, Satyajit Ray was an illustrator and copywriter for an advertising firm, Ridley Scott studied at art colleges.

It seems apart from painting/art and theatre, the main backgrounds are writing, acting and film itself- i guess film critics straddle two of these. And some come from photography.

M.H Khosravi

about 5 years ago

Kiarostami, before making films was a painter.
and Pasolini also was a painter. (http://karaart.com/p.p.pasolini/pasolini.html)