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British Film Design

A History

By (author) Laurie N. Ede
Genres: Films, cinema
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd., London, United Kingdom
Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Published: 30th Mar 2010
Dimensions: w 155mm h 232mm d 20mm
Weight: 427g
ISBN-10: 1848851081
ISBN-13: 9781848851085
Barcode No: 9781848851085
Synopsis
"British Film Design" is about the things that you see when you close your eyes and think of British cinema: Dr. No's Hideaway, the buffet of 'Brief Encounter', Vera Drake's parlour, Hogwarts School...and a thousand other visions of British films. This book is also about the people who have created those visions. The physical environments of films are made by Production Designers/Art Directors. Their efforts have tended to go unnoticed by cinema audiences. "British Film Design" offers the first comprehensive historical survey of British art direction. It takes a chronological journey through British film design, starting with the efforts of the film 'primitives' of the silent era and ending with the modern day purveyors of part built/part computer generated 'blended design'. Certain themes recur en route. These include British cinema's obsession with realism; the Production Designer's continual struggle for recognition; and, influence from European artists and the benefits - and perils - of American finance. The book succeeds in expressing the joy of looking at films from inside out; seeing beyond the stars to recognise sets as silent players in the action.

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