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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

question of the day: What fine-art painting would you like to see adapted as a film?

Steve Simels writes a regular column at Box Office Magazine, and over the holiday weekend he offered a possible new avenue for a Hollywood intent on borrowing from other mediums for its stories: fine art.

And Simels had a particular painting in mind for adaptation: “genius-of-the-macabre artist Henry Fuseli’s incredible The Nightmare,” dating from 1785:


Simels threw down the gauntet:

Now go and make a movie — maybe a horror flick, maybe not — with even a fraction of the painting’s overwhelmingly creepy atmosphere and surprising psychological depth.

Go on — I dare you.

Which prompts the question: What fine-art painting would you like to see adapted as a film?

We’ve already seen Girl with a Pearl Earring… but who would play the Mona Lisa?

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me. Responses to this QOTD sent by email will be ignored; please post your responses here.)



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