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Design for Living

Best production design in film

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They lock themselves in libraries to study detailed plans of city blocks; they completely invent the architectures of fictional planets; they get nerdy about tiny details we may never notice on screen. From sumptuous wallpaper to grimy gutters, Wakandan waterfalls to flooded South Korean alleyways, the attention to detail paid by production designers is often beyond comprehension. These visual magicians create the conditions for authentic storytelling to take place, so who, in your opinion, are the very best? List your ten favorite films based on their production design aesthetic and/or art direction, and tell us why in the notes.

Most mentioned

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Blade Runner
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Alien
  • Metropolis
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • The Shining
  • The Favourite
  • Star Wars
  • Rear Window
  • Suspiria
  • Her
  • Amadeus
  • The Handmaiden
  • Batman
  • A Clockwork Orange

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