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Leading Lady

Top: The
Wegeners'
Copenhagen
apartment set
was designed to
evoke the
paintings of
Danish artist
Vilhelm
Hammershøi.
Middle: Einar
works on one of
his landscape
paintings.
Bottom: Director
Tom Hooper
discusses a scene
with Redmayne.

week later by a screening at the Toronto
International Film Festival. Cohen had
three more titles showing at the latter
event: director Rufus Norris' murderous
musical, London Road; Stephen Frears'
Lance Armstrong biopic, The Program;
and Lenny Abrahamson's Room, which
nabbed TIFF's People's Choice Award.
"It's pretty staggering," Cohen acknowledges, reflecting on his recent output.
Coming straight off principal
photography for Room, Cohen had a
condensed three weeks of preproduction
for The Danish Girl. He recalls finding a
few precious moments to brainstorm
with Hooper, and looking mainly at the
paintings of Danish artist Vilhelm
Hammershøi, a contemporary of the
Wegeners whose work was featured in a
2008 exhibition at London's Royal
Academy. The catalog from that exhibition served as a major reference guide.
"Hammershøi's palette is a very specific
range of blue and gray," Hooper
comments in the film's production
notes. "Once you're into his world it's
amazing how rich it is; you find beauty
within constraint."
Cohen adds, "He painted people
in rooms, often from a back or side view
- never flat-on. He was doing stuff
that was not the currency of that time.
We could see how his paintings could
instantly turn into film sets."
Indeed, the Copenhagen apart84

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