Hopper loved to go to the movies, saying when he wasn’t in the mood for painting he would just go to the movies. As a result film became a stylistic inspiration for him, especially in Film Noir, which helped create the world of loneliness, isolation, and quiet anguish found in his work. You can also find images of the film in his work, with early etchings like The Balcony depicting individual spectators waiting for the curtains to go up. His paintings also had an influence on movies, especially his use of light. During production of Force of Evil (1948), director Abraham Polonsky brought his cinematographer George Barnes, one of the greatest at the time, to an exhibition of Hopper’s and told him “That’s what I want this picture to look like”. You can also find his influence in movies such as psycho, where you can see the sinister vertically of his first work House by the Railroad was combined with the horizontality of a number of his motel paintings. Hitchcock as credited the inspiration for the house in Psycho to House by the Railroad. Allusions to his work can be found in numerous other films, including those by cinematography Philip Lathrop in films such as Point Blank, and films shot by Gordon Willis, responsible for the Godfather trilogy. While doing production design for Pennies from Heaven, and Ken Adams (The Spy Who Loved Me, Dr. Strangelove, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) recreated Nighthawks and New York Movie while trying to move the story to a North American setting. Undoubtedly, Edward Hopper had a great influence in Cinema.
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“Gordon Willis, the Man Who Shot The Godfather.” Harvard Film Archive, President and Fellows of Harvard College., 2018, library.harvard.edu/film/films/2009octdec/willis.html.