American Tan

Dream America (alternative versions)

Dream America is a series of eight films from the last eight decades, curated to accompany American Tan at Dolph Projects. ‘While not necessarily my favourite films – some are very flawed – they do encompass something of the essence of America’s seductiveness.’

These are alternative versions of the paintings shown in that exhibition.

Tiny Furniture (Lena Dunham, 2010)
The new, New York with successful artists and young people striving to find what they really want to do. Lena Dunham, pre Girls is Aura rather than Hannah
– but she is pretty much the same girl. The whole film has an authentic claustrophobic New York atmosphere, probably because it was shot on a very low budget.

Wild at Heart (David Lynch, 1990)
The 1980s do the 1950s in this interpretation of Barry Gifford’s Deep South, pulp fiction. Nicholas Cage is Sailor Ripley, a misunderstood man who is intent on expressing his individuality. His snakeskin jacket refers to Marlon Brando in Tennessee Williams’ The Fugitive Kind (Lumet, 1959). His Elvis impression is near faultless. ‘Treat me like a fool, treat me mean and cruel, but love me…’

Some Came Running (Vincente Minnelli, 1958)
Minnelli was part of the MGM musical intelligentsia and was greatly influenced by fine art. Some Came Running, despite starring Frank Sinatra, initially lost money; the contemporary audience did not appreciate the impressionistic palette of this dark, small town melodrama. It was resurrected by the French New Wave cineastes who loved what the 50s audience thought was trite.

A Place in the Sun (George Stevens, 1951)
The American Dream gone wrong. This film marked the meeting of lifelong friends Montgomery Clift and Liz Taylor (who he nicknamed Bessie Mae). Liz is rich and ravishing and Monty is at his tortured, method best. Shelley Winters is the unfortunate victim.


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