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F.I.L.M. Series Presents Shirley: Visions of Reality


The fall F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language in Motion) series continues on Sunday, Oct. 30, with the screening of Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013). All F.I.L.M. series events are on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. in the Bradford Auditorium, KJ, and are free and open to the public.

For years, Viennese artists Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek studied the work and the biography of canonical American painter Edward Hopper in order to produce one of the more unusual and astonishing feature films of recent years – Shirley: Visions of Reality.

Shirley is a cine-trompe l’oeil that brings a series of Hopper paintings to cinematic life. Using evocations of the lives of Hopper and his wife, painter Josephine Nivison (when she modeled for him, they sometimes called her “Shirley”), and a touch of influence from USA, John Dos Passos’s epic trilogy, Deutsch and Schimek create a decades long narrative about Shirley’s adjustments to changes in American culture from the late 1920s to the early 1960s.

Coming up:
Sunday, Nov. 6: The Alloy Orchestra performs with Variety (1925), directed by E.A. Dupont
Sunday, Nov. 13: Scott MacDonald presents “Film and Photography Looking at Each Other”
Sunday, Dec. 4: Robb Moss presents Containment (2015)

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