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Production Design in the Contemporary American Film : A Critical Study of 23 Movies and Their Designers - Beverly Heisner

Production Design in the Contemporary American Film

A Critical Study of 23 Movies and Their Designers

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While the viewer's eyes are trained on the actors, the production design sets the mood for the film. The design also subtly comments on the action and the characters, moves the plot forward and adds to its symbolic content. The production design of 23 films of the 1980s and 1990s is analyzed here. The films are divided into five areas: realistic films set in the present day, stylized films (including horror) set in the present day, period films, period films that move through several decades, and science fiction and fantasy films. Among the movies analyzed are The Silence of the Lambs, She's Gotta Have It, The Fisher King, Ragtime, Barton Fink, Goodfellas, and Alien. The quality of the designs is assessed by a careful reading of the mise-en-scene. Often the designers' own words are used to describe the effects and the process involved in achieving them.

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Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Films
Films with Realism Set in the Presentp. 11
Jungle Feverp. 11
The Presidiop. 16
Reversal of Fortunep. 18
She's Gotta Have Itp. 21
The Silence of the Lambsp. 23
Sleeping with the Enemyp. 32
Sliverp. 34
The Sunshine Boysp. 36
Stylized Films Set in the Presentp. 39
The Fisher Kingp. 39
Return of the Living Deadp. 44
Period Filmsp. 46
Amadeusp. 46
Barton Finkp. 50
Chinatownp. 58
The Cotton Clubp. 64
Miller's Crossingp. 68
Ragtimep. 74
The Untouchablesp. 77
Period Films That Move Through Several Decadesp. 82
Avalonp. 82
Driving Miss Daisyp. 86
The Godfather, Part IIp. 90
GoodFellasp. 96
Science Fiction Films and Fantasy Filmsp. 99
Alienp. 99
Raiders of the Lost Arkp. 105
The Production Designers (with Filmographies)
Mel Bournep. 111
Albert Brennerp. 114
Dennis Gassnerp. 121
John Graysmarkp. 123
Douglas Kranerp. 126
Norman Reynoldsp. 128
Bruno Rubeop. 131
Michael Seymourp. 133
William Stoutp. 136
Paul Sylbertp. 140
Richard Sylbertp. 143
Dean Tavoularisp. 148
Wynn Thomasp. 151
Patrizia von Brandensteinp. 155
Kristi Zeap. 159
Bibliographyp. 163
Indexp. 165
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ISBN: 9780786418657
ISBN-10: 0786418656
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 181
Published: 28th September 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 14.61  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.25