Interview: Ron Peck (director of Nighthawks)

“The title of the film was of course not incidental. Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks painting is one of a panorama of paintings depicting urban city life through the 30s to the 60s. I found much correspondence between Hopper’s paintings and what I saw, or, more importantly, what I, and others, felt, in our own experience of the city. I remember that the two-shot, two people together in the same frame, took on particular importance for me. The rhythm of the film is all about progressing from single shots to two-shots, which was the desire of the character to connect, to a greater sense than he was usually allowed to. Played out against the night simply stripped everything down to essentials, like film noir.”

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