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Postby Joe » Mon Jan 03, 2005 11:50 pm

fun movie, cool sets! The next James Bond?

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Postby Satan's Sin » Tue Jan 04, 2005 10:01 am

Production design: A++++

Storytelling: D-

I realize "Down" is supposed to be a frothy fantasy, but so was "Pillow Talk." PT worked better, I think, because the characters were halfway-realistic (okay, maybe only a quarter-realistic) and the characters in DWL were flat-out cartoons, up to and including a wall-to-wall background score to emphasize every raised eyebrow, every wacky look of surprise. There was nothing I could sink my teeth into -- except the lovely sets -- whereas in PT (which I saw recently) I could go along with the fun ride because the characters were (sort of like) human beings.

Hey, try "How to Murder Your Wife." New DVD out, picked it up at my library, Jack Lemmon's bachelor pad is Playboy to the max, really fun to watch plus the story's actually funny.

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Yes the references in DWL to movies like Pillow Talk are obvious. And yes the story is a little weak. But the sets are fabulous enough to warrant a rental. I drove my wife crazy shouting out the names of designers used in nearly every scene. Eames, Saarinen, Nelson and Wormley are just a few that come to mind.

The fashions are also worth a note. My favorites were the chrome yellow and houndstooth coordinates worn in the bar scene.

Can art direction save a movie?

If you enjoyed Pillow Talk and you liked the art direction of DWL then try to see Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? It does not seem to be available on DVD yet, but watch for it on TNT or maybe it was Turner Classic Movies.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051196/

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How to Murder your Wife? I think I saw that when I was a kid - Lemmon is a comic strip writer? Marries an italian women, puts on weight, comic character follows same fate?
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Postby lavardera » Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:24 pm

Novak's pad:

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I can't find an picture of Block's - :?:
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Postby moderns-r-us » Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:41 pm

I think this interior owes a lot to the work of Eero Saarinen. I mean that even beyond the pink Womb Chairs.

tension rod suspended stair ala general motors research center

sunken conversation pit ala Miller residence Columbus, Indiana (albeit round instead of square)

Possibly Saarinens sensual shapes were ment to convey a since of femininity for the female lead, but a pink womb chair.... Come On !

Catchers apartment is equally angular with masculine wood paneling and blue accents.

Does anyone know who did the art direction and set design? I would love to find more movies this well done in that category. Perhaps we should invite the designer to contribute here!

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Postby moderns-r-us » Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:44 pm

How do you think the flue works on that fireplace anyway?

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Postby SDR » Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:49 pm

PINK Womb Chairs! (I wish they'd lowered that fireplace hood a little, though. . .?) The floating stairway reminds me of the curved stair in the living-room set of "The Black Cat," an early use of Modernism in the movies. The owner is an architect (played by Boris Karloff); his house has a sliding front door, the steel stair rising in front of a back-lit egg-crate wall, and lever handles on brushed-metal bands across interior doors. Oh, and an organ, Satanist-cult paraphenalia, and the remains of a WW I torture-prison, in the basement. The 1934 Universal film also starred Bela Lugosi; a childhood favorite for several reasons! ". . .a masterpiece of CONstruction, beelt upon the rhuins of the master-piece of DEstruction. . .the master-piece of MOHRder. . .!"

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Postby Satan's Sin » Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:48 pm

Jackie Gleason built and designed a round home in Peekskill, NY, in the early 60s ... it had two bars, a dance floor, all super-futuristic ... anyone heard of this? Have pics?

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Postby TwinJim » Wed Jan 05, 2005 9:48 pm

Favorite TV apt.? A hazy black & white screen memory comes to mind, Bob Cummings pad in "Love that Bob". He made being a photographer sooooo coooool cats and kitties.

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Jackie Gleason's house:



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Novak's pad, "Down With Love": Does the spiral stair get used, or is it decorative? If it had to be a "practical" piece, that's quite an accomplishment!

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My fave movie house - Mon Oncle...[/u]

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Oui. The lady of the house, trotting in zig-zag fashion on her fashionably zig-zagged stepping stone walk, was delicious. . .

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Postby nichols » Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:02 pm

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Here is a great example of a permanent tension rod staircase in Los Angeles. The 1964 Department of Water and Power building by A.C. Martin.

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Postby SDR » Mon Jan 10, 2005 2:17 pm

Yowee -- thanks, Nichols. These things appeared all over in the sixties -- I wonder who did it first? A Wright house from 1948 (Mossberg; South Bend, IN) includes a straight stair, with landing and return, that is hung from rods, which echoes the stair suspended below the living room at Fallingwater. We just love to "defy" gravity and levitate matter, no?

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Postby JAB » Mon Jan 10, 2005 4:30 pm

Remember this one? Check out the staircase!

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic ... highlight=

It's since been re-listed for $680,000:

http://www.imrmls.com:8080/servlet/lFul ... ml=I434041

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Postby moderns-r-us » Mon Jan 10, 2005 7:42 pm

I believe that Eero Saarinen was one of the first to do this type of suspended circular stair at his GM research facility in Michigan. I have not seen the stair in person, but my former employer toured the facility and mentioned that it does have a gentle sway in a delightful way.

I will look for photos and dates of this stair.

Maybe somebody knows of an earlier version, perhaps a European source.
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