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Mona Lisa 1983

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Mona Lisa 1983

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Roger Hewins

High art and everyday life collide in this extremely pithy experimental piece which uses sound and careful framing to lead the viewer on, filmmaker Roger Hewins puncturing the gravitas of the gallery with classic British dry humour. "I hope Mona would have smiled," he said, also reflecting on painting as ubiquitous background decoration.

The original London Filmmaker's Co-op distribution notes for this film permitted two screenings for the price of one and, because the 'punchline' is rather abrupt, viewers have often wanted to watch it twice. As a visual joke that both highlights and deconstructs the power of visual symbols, Mona Lisa was a quietly influential piece among other experimental film work in the early 1980s.

Directed by

Roger Hewins

Genres

Experimenta Animation & Artists Moving Image

Tags

Paintings Painting (fine art)

Collection

The Arts on Film

Released

1983

Country

United Kingdom

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