Finding Artwork in the Movies

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<em> Ferris Bueller’s Day Off </em>, 1986

Most everything in movies is fake: the set, the food, the romance, the blood. But the art is very often real: a stately painting of Tony with a stallion in The Sopranos, a garish family portrait in Rushmore, a freaky robot installation in Beverly Hills Cop. A lot of effort has gone into making these works, and they’re often visible for just seconds.

A guy named Martin Cole has begun collecting movie and TV artwork for a Tumblr called Art In Film. An artist himself, Cole posts screenshots against a white background with a simple title and date. The webpage becomes something of a gallery, reifying these images as works of their own, rather than plot devices.

Rushmore, 1998