Painting is one of the oldest forms of art, while cinema is the newest one, being only 1-century-old (+ a few years). One of the first things that film historians teach is that cinema, being a relatively new form of art, had always been borrowing elements from paintings, theatre and novels. When you are new to something and there has been a large amount of art created before you, there are only very few original stuff that you can create. So, the first and easiest thing to do is take what has already been produced and re-create it or simply mimic it. This doesn’t mean that your new creation will be of less value, but it will simply won’t be considered unique. Writer and director, Vugar Efendi, searched and found the undeniable similarities between films and paintings.
Cabaret (1972) vs. Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden.
About Schmidt (2002) vs. La Mort De Marat (1793).
Inherent Vice (2014) vs. The Last Supper.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) vs. Young Corn (1931).
Melancholia (2011) vs. Ophelia (1852).
The Truman Show (1998) vs. Architecture Au Clair De Lune (1856).
Gone With The Wind (1939) vs. Woman Before The Rising Sun (1818-1820).
The Exorcist (1973) vs. L’Empire Des Lumières (1954).
Vugar’s Vimeo account will seem extremely fascinating to you if you are a cinema addict. There, you can find some very interesting videos that he has created and his personal works as well.