Top 5 Films based on the Art of Theater

Theater, or theatre, is defined as the "collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers, typically actors, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place – often a stage. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music, and dance." The concept/art of films itself stemmed from the theatre. From plays to films, ballet, opera and many other types of performances, the theatre has always been the main source of entertainment. While numerous films are based on plays, we're listing out some films that are based on the art of theater itself. Have a look:

Birdman (2014)
This has to be the most significant one on the list. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the entire film is formed around a play and was made to look like a continuous shot with no cuts. The film features brilliant performances by the entire cast, especially the lead – Michael Keaton. This film fetched Inarritu the Academy Award for Best Director.


Synecdoche, New York (2008) 
Directed by the same man who wrote the mind-bending Being John Malkovich (1999) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), comes the directorial debut of Charlie Kaufman. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a theatre director who creates a life-size replica of the New York city inside a warehouse as a part of his new play.

Black Swan (2010)
A dark look into the art of being an artist, this film was directed by Darren Aronofsky. The psychological thriller features ballerinas played by Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.


Moulin Rouge (2001)
Set at the iconic Moulin Rouge house in Paris, the pastiche film is directed by Baz Luhrmann. The gorgeous Nicole Kidman stars as a cabaret actress and courtesan in the musical film.


Bullets over Broadway (1994)
Directed and co-written by Woody Allen, the film is about a playwright who reluctantly has to cast a gangster's talentless girlfriend to get funds for his initial venture. Incidentally, the film was adapted as a stage musical.


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