Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Girlie Show

Burlesque (1930)
Thomas Hart Benton

Girlie Show (1941)
Edward Hopper

Two diametrically opposed takes on the same scene. Benton's salacious plunge into the scene feels like a painterly version of Orson Welles, Jean Renoir, or Spike Lee. Hopper's melancholy distance, by contrast, is more like Stanley Kubrick, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, or John Cassavetes.

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