DESIGNING THE MOVIES

Designing the Movies is Hosted by culture writer and critic Nathalie Atkinson, this ongoing series considers the crucial contributions of below-the-line craft in both popular favorites and forgotten gems from across the decades, genres and eras.

With expert introductions and special guest Q&As, the Revue explores the talents whose names may be less familiar but whose work in production design, art direction, costume and set decoration is intrinsic to the look and world of their films.

As longtime Alfred Hitchcock collaborator Robert Boyle defined it, production design is the physical environment in which the action and the meaning of a film takes place, interpreting the psychology and emotion of a screenplay and relaying that in visual form. So too the integral, at times misunderstood, role that costume plays in storytelling and bringing characters to life.

The screenings are an invitation to reconsider films from a new or different angle, the invisible work made visible.

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May 24, 2018

A star-studded ensemble cast fills this melodramatic drawing-room comedy with humour, tragedy and glamour — and one unforgettable line of dialogue after another.

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June 14, 2018

American Graffiti tells the story of the final day of summer vacation before college, a…

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With sumptuous costumes by Orry-Kelly (Some Like it Hot, Casablanca), this 1958 musical is a cult classic thanks to iconic star Rosalind Russell, the ever-changing sets of George James Hopkins (My Fair Lady, Hello Dolly!) and the overall striking art direction by production designer Malcolm C. Bert.

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