The Famous Artworks That Inspired 15 Films

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John Everett Millais’s Ophelia and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia

The image of Justine floating downstream with her wedding bouquet was inspired by Millais’s 1852 painting Ophelia — the iconic Shakespeare character who became a symbol of female “madness” during the Bard’s time (mirrored in Von Trier’s troubled Justine).