Monthly at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres
Think of the seemingly innocuous cornfield in Hitchcock’s masterpiece NORTH BY NORTHWEST … the lone silhouette of the Victorian mansion in DAYS OF HEAVEN, recalling the paintings of Andrew Wyeth … the dilapidated Bradbury Building streaked with shafts of light in BLADE RUNNER. All are results of the art director’s creative contributions to the filmmaking process. These are the visual artists and storytellers who, in consultation primarily with the director, develop the look of a feature film or television production, adapting their own styles to all types of films. Their design creates the overall look, atmosphere and emotion that moves story material from the printed page to the screen in a complete and seamless manner.
Join us at the American Cinematheque for the 75th anniversary of the Art Directors Guild (established in 1937) and the 2012 installment of our Art Directors Film Society monthly series. Kicking off the series is a screening of the rip-roaring 1929 Douglas Fairbanks adventure THE IRON MASK, followed by a discussion on the art direction.
Series compiled by Tom Walsh, John Muto and Gwen Deglise. Program note additions by Beth Hanna.