Friday, May 19, 2006

‘Norman Rockwell Code’ Paints A Different Picture Than ‘DaVinci’

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Leonardo DaVinci isn’t the only artist with his own “code.” Now, Norman Rockwell does, too.

At least that’s the claim of a new parody film appropriately titled The Norman Rockwell Code.

The film centers around a murder that takes place at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and former Mayberry deputy Barney Fife is to the script what Jesus Christ is to DaVinci.

Rockwell Code producer Marc Dole says he and the director Alfred Thomas Catalfo based the film on real research as well as happenstance.

As he puts it, “We researched real things about Rockwell’s paintings that mean nothing and then slanted them.”

The artistic decision to make Fife a central plot point came about because, he admits, “One of my friends does a real good Barney Fife impression.”

But while the Rockwell code is purely fictional, Dole says it has had the effect of making people look at the artist’s work a lot closer.

The film is currently available at, but Dole and Catalfo plan to expand to include scenes with some of the people who were the original subjects of the paintings.

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