SHIRLEY: VISIONS OF REALITY (Montage Pictures) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD)
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Austrian filmmaker, architect and experimental artist Gustav Deutsch reproduces 13 of American painter Edward Hopper’s oil paintings on film in Shirley: Visions of Reality, connecting them through the fictitious story of a red-haired New York actress through the years 1931-63.
Shirley’s reflective and contemplative inner monologues cover her involvement in three decades of political, social and cultural upheaval that changed a country and its people forever. Pearl Harbour and WWII, the atomic bomb and the “conquest of space”, McCarthyism and the Cold War, the assassination of JFK and the start of the Vietnam War, Billie Holiday and the Southern blues, Elvis Presley and rock n’ roll, and finally Martin Luther King and the March on Washington.
Presented as a series of nearly static tableaux’s, with stunning cinematography from Jerzy Palacz, Shirley: Visions of Reality is an experimental tour-de-force.
DUAL FORMAT FEATURES:
- Stunning 1080p presentation (On the Blu-ray), with a progressive encode on the DVD
- Optional English subtitles
“An impressive cinematic recreation of images and moods” – Hollywood Reporter
“The chief pleasures are to be found in its exacting visual fidelity to Hopper’s work, with Deutsch’s own production design and D.P. Jerzy Palacz’s artfully calibrated lighting schemes photographically re-creating the slurred precision of his brushstrokes and the hushed primary hues of his palette.” – Variety
“une révélation” – Film de Cult