About Me

I'm an amateur film and art historian (in my mind, at least). I love all types of movies: especially thrillers (ala Hitchcock), musicals (ala Fred and Ginger) and comedies (ala Nick and Nora).  I love writing casually with superfluous adjectives and lots and lots of commas. Basically, I love writing this blog. 

I'm passionate about these topics and I am actually quite knowledgeable about them, thanks to extensive research. Don't let the "amateur" part scare you- I know what I'm talking about.

I've always wanted to blog and when I found that there was no blog celebrating the artwork that appears in movies-and in carpe diem spirit, seized the opportunity and created the "Art of Film." Thank me later. 

I really hope you enjoy it. I certainly enjoy writing about these two topics. If you ever catch an error or find that maybe you find the blog to be fantastic- leave me a comment. I'd greatly appreciate it.

Any comments or questions can be directed to dannmaloney816@gmail.com 

The Big Theory

After much time and research, I have independently created the "Art of Film" Theory, which this blog is devoted to. I discovered this theory after noticing odd coincidences about the art that appears in movies. When I conducted my research, I found that these similarities that I noticed were no mere coincidences- the art that appears in movies follows a distinct pattern-one which has been outlined on this blog throughout the variety of posts and one, which I will put in simplified form here.

There are two types of art that appears in motion pictures. The first, and most important, is plot relevant art.

As its name implies, this artwork has a direct impact on the plot. In many cases, it plays an actual role in the story (as in Laura). However, plot relevant art sometimes has a more subtle role. Sometimes, this refers to the art that, while not obviously play a direct role in it, relates to the plot and was put into the film for an obvious reason. This reason may require some analysis-but the reason is always clear. This was the case of the painting in Skyfall. This artwork creates greater depth and meaning to the plot.

Plot relevant art has three distinct subcatagories, which refer to why the painting or sculpture was put into the film in the first place.

1. This art shows love, more specifically, obsessive love (Laura)
2. This art conveys the presence of a ghost or a character who is not present (Vertigo)
3. This art represents hidden emotions or fears felt by the characters (Skyfall)

In almost all cases, the art in film represents or symbolizes a key theme in the piece. 

Non-plot relevant art generally serves one specific purpose- to add to the setting by either enhancing the mood (Dorian Gray) or creating a more realistic setting (Sound of Music).

In addition, I often prove how real art and historical artistic motifs have influenced the distinctive looks of films. 

On rare occasions, I will also devote this blog to two different types of movie art.
1. On occasion I will cover tableaux in art, when scenes are created with such beauty they take on their own art form.
2. On occasion, I will also cover the artists who lived and worked with the stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

However, as a whole, my blog will be devoted to my theory and proving its widespread use.


I have independently created the "Movie-Art Theory" and the four sub-categories of art that appears in film.

I obviously don't own the rights to all these movies. If I did-this would be an awesome coffee table book- not a blog. I use these pictures to enhance my blog. I am not even claiming I own them. They are all available on the Internet in some way or the other.

I do quite extensive research before I publish my posts.
Believe or not, most of this information is scattered across the Internet. This blog is really one of the only places where all the parts appear together.

A lot of basic information comes from the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com)

I'll include on this page where I get the additional information. If I don't include everything-I'm sorry- I'm doing the best I can!

Gone With the Wind

David O. Selznick's Hollywood by Ronald Haver

The Margaret Mitchell Museum, Atlanta, Georgia

Alfred Hitchcock Geek-"Georges Rouault" 
Identity Politics in Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train (1951) by Philip McGovern

"Appropriating Hitch-Psycho Redux" (http://www.horschamp.qc.ca/new_offscreen/psycho_van.html)

Alfred Hitchcock Geek-
"Hitchcock's Most Hopperesque Film-Psycho" 

"Viewing Edward Hopper Through Rear Window"


Images Journal- "The Parlor Scene"


"Hitchcock" (a class, apparently) by Dr. Glen Johnson, specifically a section titled, "Portraits and Paintings in Hitchcock's Films" available at http://faculty.cua.edu/johnsong/hitchcock/pages/portraits-paintings/portraits.html

Jump Cut
"The World Gone Wiggy" by Susan Fellemen

The Art of the Title

"Did Vertigo Introduce Computer Graphics to Cinema" by Tom McCormack

Jacobs, Steven. The Wrong House: The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock. Rotterdam: 010, 2007. Google Books. Web. 9 July 2013.


Venice-Simplon Orient Express: The World's Most Celebrated Train
by Shirley Sherwood

The Royal Collection Website

Liz Taylor Warhol Prints

Turner Classic Movies (www.tcm.com) 

Hollywood Heroines: Women in Film Noir and the Female Gothic Film 
by Helen Hanson

The Snap Dragon- www.snap-dragon.com

Iconic Photos
"Rita Hayworth Pin Up"

The Guardian
"Cary Grant statue set for unveiling in Bristol" 12/7/2001

C.M. Dudash's Site
http://www.cmdudash.com/ (Painted Casaablanca tribute art)

The Washington Post
"John Hughes video explains 'Ferris Bueller" scene at Art Institute" (11/16/2011)

Wikipedia: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"


Lawrence of Arabia, Part III:  "The Funeral: Nil Nais Ibonam" 4/11/2011


  1. I thank you for spending time on featuring my father's work (Columbo Painting) last year. Since my father passed away, I have been resorting his works and preparing them for tributes at the ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCE and at a few other gallery's in L.A.

    You might be interest in my latest press release/venture....

    You can find the latest news @ www.gebrart.com/exhibits_sales_auctions.html

    or at


    Have a wonderful day....

  2. Do you follow the 'Keeping Up With The Kardashinans' Show? I do not... but I am embarrassed to say that the one episode that they were trying to identify a Modigliani that was found in their house as a real or fake interested me. Art experts were confirming that it was authentic... but alas the paint was too modern to have existed during Modigliani's active years.... WELL, Mystery solved. The 'fake Modigliani' was a PROP painting, painted for the movie "An Affair To Remember" with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. If you look closely at the 'television interview' scene at 1:04 into the movie the painting appears in the background. Also, seems to still be in the same, or similar, frame. The rich woman that Cary Grant is supposed to be marrying is an art collector so the Modigliani would be a good artist to use. It is the same image. I have been a prop painting artist for several years and I am sure after filming those props float around and end up with people that believe they have found the 'real thing'.

  3. I love your articles! These are some interesting topics perhaps:
    -Burt Schoenberg's paintings in Roger Corman's "Fall of the House of Usher" (1960) with Vincent Price.
    -Ivan Albright's "Portrait of Dorian Gray" (Which hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago) for Albert Lewin's 1945 adaptation.
    Both are good examples of art in film as a reflection of reality and truth vs. perception and corruption.

  4. I have a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor (MGM promotional) from RAINTREE COUNTY's premiere. It was used at both the previews and the premiere when my partner was an usher at the flagship Stanley Warner Beverly Hills Movie Theatre. It is the portrait that was used in some of the advertisement for the movie. If you're interested in a photo of it I'll get one to you. Whether you decide to post it or not, it might be fun just to have a look at.

  5. This post is not about a movie, but is somewhat related. Why has someone not reproduced the vibrant watercolors which are the background for the credits at the beginning and end of each episode of Bonanza? According to everything I have been able to learn, the assignment to paint them was assigned to a jr. staffer and no one can even remember his name. I would think that fans of the show would pay to have a reproduction of one or all of these watercolors.


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