PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: Black and White

 

The Artist is nominated for an Art Directors Guild Award for Best Production Design in a Period Film this year, and it got me thinking about other black and white films with great production design. Here are a few of my favourite films/scenes that are beautiful without Technicolour.


The Birth, Life, and Death of Christ (1906)

Art Direction: Alice Guy


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)

Art Direction: Otis Turner


Metropolis

Metropolis (1927)

Art Directors: Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut, Karl Vollbrecht


Citizen Kane (1941)

Art Director: Van Nest Polglase | Set Decorator: Darrell Silvera


Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Art Directors: Hans DreierJohn Meehan | Set Decorators: Sam Comer, Ray Moyer


Persona (1966)

Production Designer: Bibi Lindström


Mahattan (1979)

Production Designer: Mel Bourne | Set Decorator: Robert Drumheller


The Artist (2011)

Production Designer: Laurence Bennett | Art Director: Gregory S. Hooper | Set Decorator: Austin Buchinsky, Robert Gould


What is your favourite black and white film?

Alison

Posted by Alison Harmsworth

Alison Harmsworth is a set designer based in Toronto. Her credits include 'Schitt's Creek', 'Good Witch', 'A Christmas Horror Story', 'Remedy', and 'Spun Out'.

  1. Fav is Metropolis, hands down.

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  2. From a production design standpoint, The Thief of Bagdad starring Douglas Fairbanks, with art direction by the great William Cameron Menzies.

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