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Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction

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With hundreds of rare photographs, set sketches, and original renderings showcasing films of every era and genre—many shown here for the very first time—author Cathy Whitlock offers movie fans a backstage pass to 100 years of Hollywood’s most memorable film sets. In the vein of Deborah Landis’s Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, Whitlock’s Designs on Film deli ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by It Books
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Sandra Espinet
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer
Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Steve Moudry
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Fantastic photos but a little light on content, I wanted more details on what went in to some of the design decisions made on these classic films. The film choices get sort of questionable once you get to the nineties as well...Meet Joe Black...Somethings Gotta Give...
Melissa
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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