How Works of Art Are Strategically Employed to Complement the Story Within a Film

In her latest visual essay “Frames Within Frames“, talented French filmmaker Candice Drouet explores how works of art are strategically employed within films to complement and even drive the story.

Paintings are rarely included in a movie without having a purpose. Sometimes they point out the social status of a family or the historic period of the story. Sometimes they provide a kind of commentary on the main characters that reveals aspects of their personalities. In this montage we can see many examples of how a story can be set, and how hints are available for the curious who want to know more about the symbols hidden between the story and the paintings.