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SETTING THE SCENE. THE GREAT HOLLYWOOD ART DIRECTORS.

Sennett, Robert S.

ISBN 10: 0810938464 / ISBN 13: 9780810938465
Published by ABRAMS., NY, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition. INSCRIBED by Robert S. Sennett & dated in year of publication on front end-paper. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 26307

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Title: SETTING THE SCENE. THE GREAT HOLLYWOOD ART ...

Publisher: ABRAMS., NY

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Celebrates the lives and careers of those production designers responsible for creating settings, orchestrating special effects, and influencing the overall look of a film

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Sennett's tribute to the relatively unsung creators responsible for the "look" of a film serves as a sort of history of American cinema as well--from the silent period, when art direction evidenced a strong fine art influence; through horror movies, films noir, musicals, westerns, and other genres; to today's big-budget blockbusters, in which computer technology has transformed film design into a complex technical craft. Art direction flourished in the golden age of Hollywood, when the studios had the money and talent to indulge filmmakers' wildest fantasies. By 1970 the end of the studio system, a rise in location shooting, and other factors had diminished the art director's role. The opportunity still exists, however, for art-direction triumphs like The Godfather II and Batman. Sennett's perceptive and informed text singles out the most notable practitioners of the art and effectively complements the 165 stills and other illustrations (most, unfortunately, in black-and-white) that serve as the best demonstration of the craft this handsome volume celebrates. Gordon Flagg

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