Christopher Nolan On How The Works Of Francis Bacon Influenced The Joker's Look In TDK

Christopher Nolan On How The Works Of Francis Bacon Influenced The Joker's Look In TDK

To celebrate the opening of the New Tate Britain, filmmakers discuss the artwork that most influences them. In this first video interview, Chris Nolan explains how Francis Bacon's style inspired The Joker's (Heath Ledger) smeared clown facepaint in The Dark Knight

And although there's nothing CBM related, film/art fans may find what Ken Loach and Mike Leigh have to say about which Tate works influence them of interest in the following vids.

These short films are part of a series in which leading creatives share artworks from Tate Britain’s collection that have inspired them.

The newly refurbished Tate Britain is now open to the public. Find out more and see how other top creative minds including musicians, photographers, poets, comedians, chefs and more have been inspired by 500 years of British art.

You can find out more by visiting the official site at the link below.
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Filed Under "Batman" 11/26/2013 Source: New Tate Britain website
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SuperCat - 11/26/2013, 8:02 AM
Videos not working for me :(
JoeMomma29 - 11/26/2013, 8:05 AM
@ Supercat

Better get a new puter!
knocturnalzen10 - 11/26/2013, 8:06 AM
best villain in CBM history hands down ................
VolkanTaskillas - 11/26/2013, 8:10 AM
Ledger's work on Joker doesn't impressed me. Sorry.
jlabatman - 11/26/2013, 8:11 AM
DelTorite - 11/26/2013, 8:12 AM
A man of class
Thegeekygurl - 11/26/2013, 8:13 AM
Wow. Nolan sounds so exceptionally brilliant. I suppose that mentally and artistically he exists on another plane that is unreachable by other film directors. Just wish he didn't turn his Batman into a feeble loser.
Enphlieuwince - 11/26/2013, 8:15 AM
He was an excellent Joker for that series.
SuperCat - 11/26/2013, 8:15 AM
Lol. I hate you, Gusto!
SuperCat - 11/26/2013, 8:16 AM
Video working for me now :P
Thegeekygurl - 11/26/2013, 8:17 AM
@VolkanTaskillas Not going to diss you for feeling that way but you really missed out. Ledgers performance as the Joker was the best we've seen in a fantasy film ever.
Aaron Eckhart was great as Two-Face also.
TheYoungMan - 11/26/2013, 8:17 AM

*Feeble winner.
MsDarkPhoenix - 11/26/2013, 8:23 AM
@VolkanTaskillas I respect your opinion but you are stupid and I hate you. Have a nice day!

Btw, the video isn't working for me either.
EpitomeofAwesome - 11/26/2013, 8:25 AM
Christopher Nolan is a complete and utter boss.
WinterCaptain - 11/26/2013, 8:27 AM
ALmazing - 11/26/2013, 8:28 AM
Francis Bacon's "Figure with Meat"

Francis Bacon's "Figure with Meat" in Batman 1989.

story JLA: The Nail (1998), the Joker slaughters Batgirl and Robin and compares his work to a Francis Bacon.

EpitomeofAwesome - 11/26/2013, 8:32 AM
Did you guys know that Christopher Nolan is a superhero, too?
knocturnalzen10 - 11/26/2013, 8:32 AM

then u miss the point of an actor . hate to say
Pinocchio - 11/26/2013, 8:33 AM
Both Ledger and Eckhart did splendid in their respective roles. But Heath really knocked it out of the park! KUDOS!
ALmazing - 11/26/2013, 8:35 AM
@Pasto-lol that's more epic than the original.

RorMachine - 11/26/2013, 8:36 AM
Actually never a huge Bacon fan. The artist that is, love Kevin, and the dead pig.
HBarnill - 11/26/2013, 8:41 AM

Actually, the mask was inspired by the one the main character wore in Stanley Kubrick's The Killing.
jerryblake - 11/26/2013, 8:47 AM
somebody said BACON ?!
NovaCorpsFan - 11/26/2013, 8:58 AM
Gusto, did that bee baby finally grow up?
breakUbatman - 11/26/2013, 9:30 AM
Nolan's a boss. Loved what he did with TDK trilogy.
VolkanTaskillas - 11/26/2013, 10:19 AM
1to10youLose, sorry, but none CBM villain impressed me... the only who leave a mark was Gene Hackman. He was comedic, but crazy and ironic in certain extent. Ledger's Joker was only disgusting and disturber.
DanteSparda - 11/26/2013, 10:42 AM

Nolan: "Hey guys! Remember when I made Batman movies? Remember how cool my Joker was? I remember."
TheOneAboveAll - 11/26/2013, 11:13 AM
You... you are joking...
What roles in film in general do you consider the greatest performances of all time? On a side note, how old are you?
GuardianAngel - 11/26/2013, 11:16 AM

"Ledger's Joker was only disgusting and disturber."

Then he did his job.
VolkanTaskillas - 11/26/2013, 11:16 AM
TheOneAboveAll, I'm 39, and Marlon Brando in Apocalipse Now.
VolkanTaskillas - 11/26/2013, 11:19 AM
GuardianAngel YES! I agree! THAT Joker I don't like. Ledgers performance was OK to make a lame Joker. But I still think Ledger is not a GOD for that...
TheOneAboveAll - 11/26/2013, 11:21 AM
Then do you believe Method Actors are superior to traditional actors?(as an actor most of my inspirations and admiration are for method actors)
Who do you consider the better actor? Brian Blessed or Orson Welles?
Daniel Day-Lewis or Ian McKellen?
Michael Fassbender or James McAvoy?
James Dean or Hugh Grant?
Gregory Peck or James Stewart?
GuardianAngel - 11/26/2013, 11:27 AM

GuardianAngel - 11/26/2013, 11:29 AM
GuardianAngel - 11/26/2013, 11:30 AM
I've always noticed Nolan's Batman seems to draw a lot from the golden age Batman comics.
GuardianAngel - 11/26/2013, 11:33 AM

Well I think you're right if you're referring to the fact that there is no definitive portrayal in the comics. Each person interprets a character in their own way. I, for one, loved Ledger's portrayal of the Joker. He came up with something completely new to bring to a character that everyone thought they knew. I'm personally open to any kind of portrayal that brings something original without going over the top. You disagree, but that's your opinion.
ManDeth - 11/26/2013, 9:30 PM
@TheYoungMan Do you really think Nolan's Batman was a winner?
In TDK and TDKR his life long love was killed by The Joker after he refused to kill him while the Joker was shooting up cars with a machine gun because Nolan's Batman felt his stance against no killing was more important than saving lives.
Then Harvey Dent is sent over the edge as a result. Batman gets a beat down by the Joker. Gets shot and falls and gets hurt more. Take the blame for Dent's crimes. Quits being Batman and loses his health.
Sinks money into a power source only to decide not to use it.
His company is stolen. Gets fooled by Catwoman and Talia then broken by Bane. Has his Batman persona ripped from his body and he is thrown in a prison.
His power source is stolen and his arsenal is used to hijack a city and his power source used to threaten it.
He comes back, gets stabbed and defeated by Talia and hogtied.
Fakes death and loses both his real I.D. and Batman I.D. and leaves Gotham and lives off of stolen Jewels.

So where does he win in all of that losing?
MightyZeus - 11/26/2013, 10:01 PM
Nolans the man. I loved what he did with Batman and his mythos.
JediPhilosopher - 11/27/2013, 4:33 AM
In my opinion, the Joker hasn't been adequately well depicted in ANY Batman film or movie so far. Unless you count the cutscenes in the Batman Arkham games or arguably some animated series. Also, Jack Nicholsen almost, but not quite.
JediPhilosopher - 11/27/2013, 4:38 AM
I liked Heath Ledger's character though. It was just too serious, which oddly was also his criticism of Batman.

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