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Julien Kai


This paper analyzes how paintings can function as references for modern films by taking At Eternity’s Gate as a case study. Its purpose is to show how contemporary cinematography continues to borrow from the art, especially the visual one. At Eternity’s Gate is a movie directed by Julian Schnabel about the last days of Vincent Van Gogh where both the director and the cinematographer, Benoit Delhomme, took the main character’s work as an inspiration for the film’s visuals. In this paper, I will discuss how the visual inspiration was taken from Vincent Van Gogh’s work and applied in the film. In addition to that, I will analyze three other films (Dreams - Chapter 5 Crows, Lust for Life and Loving Vincent) that dealt with Vincent Van Gogh from a different perspective of At Eternity’s Gate. Finally, I will talk about a previous Biopic by Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, analyzing its subjective and objective point of view relatively to At Eternity’s Gate. Throughout the paper, I will be speaking about the digital revolution and how it helped the execution of At Eternity’s Gate by applying the artist’s painting methods into filmmaking.