Gustav Deutsch

  • Gustav Deutsch – Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013) (HD)

    2011-2020ArthouseAustriaExperimentalGustav Deutsch
    Shirley Visions of Reality (2013) (HD)
    Shirley Visions of Reality (2013) (HD)

    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. Each station in Shirley’s professional and private life from the 1930s to 1960s is precisely dated: It is always August 28/29 of the year in question, as the locations vary from Paris to New York to Cape Cod.Read More »

  • Gustav Deutsch – Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013)

    2011-2020AustriaDramaExperimentalGustav Deutsch


    Seldom has the idea of a film as a series of tableaux been so literally appropriate as in the latest work from Austrian filmmaker and artist Gustav Deutsch. Shirley – Visions of Reality is a look at the US from the 1930s to the 1960s as seen through a series of micro-stories set in and inspired by paintings by American realist artist Edward Hopper, painstakingly reproduced and reconstructed in a film studio as life-size sets. Each of 13 paintings is used as the setting for moments in the life of a fictional actress, Shirley (Stephanie Cumming), as she moves through life, houses, trips, situations, and milestones of world history taking place in the exact year of creation of each original painting.Read More »

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