Piet Mondrian and Tyler Perry

Strikingly Similar. Piet Mondrian’s Composition 2 in Red, Blue & Yellow and Tyler Perry’s latest.

Inspired  Maybe; Lifted – Surely not!

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Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 7 – Yuvan Yuvathi and Rene Magritte

After a lot of Bollywood-bashing, here’s a Tamil movie which is one of the most shameless rips I have seen so far.

Rene Magritte’s classic painting The Lovers (Les Amants) has been used as the poster announcing shooting. Lots of movies have used paintings as inspiration. But, this one just “uses” the painting.

I do hope someone taking the movie pays up the royalty to use this painting.

See for yourself:

Magritte’s Lovers  series consists of 4 paintings.


There are also the 4 Covered Heads (which includes the 2 paintings in the Lovers series)

L’histoire centrale (The central story)

L’invention de la vie (The Invention of Life)

As usual, the meaning of the paintings remain shrouded in mystery. Theories range from Fantomas to his mother’s suicide , Love is Blind all the way down to Nick Carter Detective magazines.

One more post on Magritte & Movie Posters / Album art will follow.

Art and Movie Posters –IV–Michelangelo Buonarroti

1. Creation of Adam Vs E.T & Bruce Almighty

Some Trivia on the E.T poster:  This poster idea had been suggested by Steven Spielberg and who was inspired by Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. John Alvin, who can be called one of the Greatest Movie Poster Artists, used his daughter, Farah Alvin, as the human hand model.

You can also see a few other “inspired images”.

2. Moses Vs Ten Commandments

This is not so much of an “inspiration”… But, IMDB states

“Charlton Heston was chosen for the role of Moses by Cecil B. DeMille because he bore a resemblance to Michelangelo’s statue of Moses in Rome.”

I have seen some movie poster resembling La Pieta, but am not able to recollect it.

Art and Movie Posters – III – Andy Warhol

You either love him! Or absolutely hate him!

Whichever way, there is no denying that Warhol made the 60’s more memorable (or notorious if you please).

1. The Movie Poster for I Shot Andy Warhol is based on his Triple Elvis.

2. His Marilyn Silk-Screen prints have been repeated multiple times : For the Movies Kids (Rosario Dawson’s Big Screen debut), Tyler Perry’s Madeas Family Reunion and for 2 movies about him – Superstar & Factory Girl

Update : I had not noticed the album art of Sivaji The Boss. Hat Tip: Mensa & Badri


Art and Movie Posters – II – Grant Wood

Grant wood is one of the forces responsible for shaping many minds on what they imagined to be the rural Midwest. He is the equivalent of a One Hit Wonder in Pop – A creation so seminal that all his other works pale in front of it. If you don’t buy the argument, try thinking of the other Vanilla Ice number. Nuf said.

American Gothic is an Iconic American image.

Many have ripped off / paid homage to this image

1. The Movie Poster for American Gothic – A slasher flick

2. Mike Judge for one of his Beavis & Butthead DVD covers

3. The Tim Allen movie For Richer or Poorer

4. The Whoopi Goldberg movie Good Fences

5. Paris Hilton for The Simple Life (Season 1)

6. Paul Newman for the covers of Newman’s Own

7. The Pauly Shore movie Son In Law (Thanks Katrina for the heads up)

Art and Movie Posters – I – Dali

Movie Poster design has always been inspired by Art and this series is to try and explore the connection.

One can never cease to amaze at the Genius of Dali. His visionary masterpirces put him in the league of greats like Da Vinci & Michelangelo.

(WARNING – Some of the content one scroll down is  NSFW)

1. The Fall Vs Dali’s Face of Mae West Which May Be Used as an Apartment

2. The Haunting in Connecticut Vs Superman Returns Vs Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross

3. Silence of The Lambs Vs The Descent Vs Dali’s Female Bodies as a Skull painting Vs Dali-Halsman’s Salvador Dali In Voluptate Mors

I am quoting from From Posterwire (1,2) as it best explains the connections:

In the Silence of the Lambs image, the ambiguous skull on the moth is actually made up of seven naked female bodies. The image of the “skull orgy” originated in a portrait photograph by Philippe Halsman of Salvador Dali, entitled Salvador Dali In Voluptate Mors. (The photo itself was inspired by surrealist Dali’s gouache Female Bodies as a Skull painting. Dali later translated the same idea into his own live sculptures.) The Lambs one-sheet was created by the (now defunct) film ad agency Dazu, and the skull image idea was reportedly given to the agency by director Jonathan Demme specifically for use in the film’s poster artwork.

The Death Head Moth with skulls is used by Dali in his Collaboration with Luis Buñuel – Un chien andalou. The moth appears as a motif linking sex, death and sexual repression.

(Image Credits: IMP Awards, Posterwire and others)