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Hitchcock and Edward Hopper Inspire Color-Saturated Look of ‘A Kind of Murder’

Director Andy Goddard adapts the work of suspense author Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley) with his new film A Kind of Murder, about two men who may or may not be involved in the disappearance of their respective spouses.

“Our references were like mid-period Hitchcock and those B-movie directors like Andre De Toth and Joseph H. Lewis — you look at the way in which they shot their movies and that was very much an inspiration for this Technicolor B-movie that would be of the time the story was set,” director Andy Goddard tells The Moveable Fest about the film’s late ’60s-set look. “Edward Hopper was another reference as well. Basically, we really pushed ourselves to make each frame as beautiful as we could and yet at the same time give the actors some elbow room to be able to do what they needed to do. It’s a deceptively simple style, which is you keep the camera style quite economic and yet whatever is in that frame, you want it to be as interesting and compelling as possible. The benefit is that it’s a very actor-centric way of working as well because by keeping the camera style quite simple, you allow more space to the actors to react.”

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