From the Film Maker
Manet’s depiction of every day life has always interested me. Corner of a Café-Concert captures a moment at a typical Parisian brasserie. The painting is dynamic and full of movement. I wanted to make a film that gave the audience a window into a precise moment in the characters’ lives. One of the challenges was to portray a bustling American diner where the characters work. The man sitting at the brasserie looks in wonder at a ballerina dancing outside. Dean, my main character, looks at Marilyn in the same way. ‘Dean’ tries to explore themes like the long lost American Dream, love, nostalgia and hope.
A piece inspired by Edouard Manet, Corner of a Café-Concert, probably 1878-80