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Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Who can forget the over-the-top, white-on-white, high-gloss interiors through which Fred Astaire danced in Top Hat? The modernist high-rise architecture, inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, in the adaptation of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead? The lavish, opulent drawing rooms of Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence? Through the use of film design—called both art dir ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by It Books
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Sandra Espinet
This book caught my attention because it has hundreds of photographs of some of the most memorable films such as Gone with the Wind, Wizard of Oz, Dark Knight & Avatar. Designs on Film by Cathy Whitlock chronicles the evolving history of film design from silent movies to present day and introduces us to the behind the scenes people who create these beautiful scenes: the production designers. We may not know their names as we do actors, but we do remember their sets and this book celebrates t ...more
Linda Robinson
The color plates are dazzling. The films covered are those considered "iconic" for the decade covered. Are the films the best representation of production design, art direction? Perhaps. I'm curious enough to check the Academy Awards winners for the movies/years featured. All those people listed in the minutes-long scroll of credits at the end of the movie are reporting to, and creating for, the production designer, who is the third corner of the triangle including director and cinematographer. ...more
Although I wanted more information about the little details that went into creating some of the more unique film sets, I still enjoyed the peek into this world (especially of the older films). It is fascinating to see the level of creativity, effort, and ingenuity that goes into making a movie look good. It amazes me to see how many of the best films ever are not only classics because of the writing or the performances, but because of the style of the set.

The book even inspired me to take a look
painstakingly deep look at the history of set design
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am an author, magazine writer and designer specializing in articles on film, design, and personality profiles. My articles have appeared in Traditional Home (where I am a contributing writer), Veranda, Architectural Digest, Array, British Glamour, ASID Icon, American Airlines Celebrated Living, Flower, Capitol Files and Four Seasons hotel magazines. I am the author of Designs on Film: A Century o ...more
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