Designing Movies: Portrait of a Hollywood Artist (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 229 pages
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This retrospective on the career of Academy Award-winning production designer Richard Sylbert takes readers behind the scenes of some of the most influential films of the past fifty years.

"The Manchurian Candidate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Graduate, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Dick Tracy." The common factor behind these diverse, visually ground-breaking cinematic masterpieces is the work of legendary production designer Richard Sylbert. Basing the book in part on the late designer's Hollywood memoirs, writer Sylvia Townsend, with the participation of Sylbert's widow, screenwriter Sharmagne Sylbert, has enhanced the production designer's original manuscript with candid interviews from some of his most famous collaborators, including Warren Beatty, Roman Polanski, and Francis Ford Coppola. The result is a book that takes readers behind the scenes of some of the most influential and highly acclaimed films of the past fifty years.

This is a portrait of a highly driven, sometimes tempestuous visionary who wasn't afraid to fight for the artistic integrity of the worlds he created on screen. Movie lovers will find in-depth discussions of the making of such modern classics as "Reds, Carnal Knowledge, Shampoo," and "The Cotton Club." More than thirty illustrations capture Sylbert's creative process from early sketches to completed sets and locations.

  

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Contents

Thoughts on Production Design
1
Introduction to Richard Sylbert
13
New York in the 1950s and William Cameron Menzies
29
A Chance to Design a Feature Film in Town
37
Baby Doll
45
The Fugitive Kind
59
A Face in the Crowd
65
Long Days Journey into Night
71
Carnal Knowledge
117
Chinatown
123
Shampoo
135
Reds
143
The Cotton Club
155
Tequila Sunrise
167
Dick Tracy
175
Carlitos Way
189

The Manchurian Candidate
75
Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
81
The Graduate
89
Rosemarys Baby
97
Catch22
105
The World of the 1970s
115
My Best Friends Wedding
199
Afterword
207
Notes
213
Index
225
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RICHARD SYLBERT was an Academy Award-winning production designer, his credits included Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Reds, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, and Dick Tracy.

SYLVIA TOWNSEND is a freelance journalist, whose work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times.

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