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Look Closer: American Hustle Image

Christian Bale;Jeremy Renner;Bradley Cooper

I was looking at this rather ubiquitous American Hustle image earlier today and thinking about how it seems to mislead about the movie. It reads, from a distance, as the 5 lead characters having a good ol’ time together.

But look closer (and you can click on the image for a much larger size if you like).

Only Bale’s Irving Rosenfeld and Renner’s Carmine Polito are really in that moment together. And Irving is working.

Bradley Cooper’s Richie DiMaso is keeping an eye out on something, looking every bit the undercover cop. Amy Adams’ Sydney Prosser is keeping an eye on Richie. And Jennifer Lawrence’s Rosalyn is playing to someone outside the frame, the center of attention without any real concern about the center she is in.

I don’t want to overstate it… but now I quite adore this photo. I don’t even know how intentional the choices I am perceiving in it are. But that’s art, right?

3 Responses to “Look Closer: American Hustle Image”

  1. Jeff B says:

    esse interpreti. To be is to be interpreted. Such is art. Something like that. I like to say that the essence of art is ambiguity. That doesn’t do much to explain still lifes, but oh well :)

  2. berg says:

    also look at the one sheet for The Councelor … it tells the whole story by who is looking where

  3. Tuck Pendleton says:

    DP – When’s the TOP 10 coming?

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