Ever leave a movie swooning over the set dressing while your popcorn-scented pal drones on about the acting? Your friend is praising Brad Pitt’s nuanced turn as tobacco-chewing baseball manager Billy Beane in Moneyball, while all you’re thinking is: of course his character feels like a loser. Not only has his ex-wife — played by the lovely Robin Wright — shacked up with a nauseatingly nice guy, their place is gorgeous.
And the award for design snob goes to you. If actors are merely obstacles to appreciating well-designed backgrounds, read on to guess which Oscar-nominated film features the following homes:
You may experience a sudden longing for midcentury modern Wishbone Chairs as you drink in this spectacular slice-of-life film. In this Oscar picture, the tonal quality is all about 1970s muted colours and features life’s blessedly lo-fi bits: a museum, piles of books and writing implements — including bad-boy spray paint.
In most flicks, a loo like this one wouldn’t catch the eye. But this dusty rose bathroom carries great importance in this feel-good film, set less than 50 years ago in the Southern U.S.A. Retrophiles. Don’t you love the old-school porcelain and the kitschy Japanese wallpaper?
A Balmy Story
A jungle-like garden and indoor/outdoor rooms will have you falling back in love with traditional classics like rattan furniture. It is said that this movie reignited an interest in the real estate of a certain Pacific archipelago.
Much of this movie unfolds in this magical station, kitted out in typical 1930s Art Deco fashion: florid bronze lamps, bistro tables with weighty iron bases, intricate metal staircases and a ravishing marble floor. More of the era’s stylistic touches can be found in a gold and burgundy theatre where silent films flicker onscreen and leave the audience speechless.
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