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Interior Design in Classic Movies of the 1980s

This week, it’s time to talk about the 80’s. If you haven’t yet, check out our last blog post on interior design in movies: Interior Design in Classic Movies of the 1970s. This will be the fourth decade we’ve covered.

The design in the following five films from the 1980s made a big impression:

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – This well-loved and well-known classic from Steven Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Production Design in 1981. The production was designed by Norman Reynolds. It stars Harrison Ford as Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones, an archeology professor who goes on wild adventures to study artifacts.

Just so you know: The famous scene when Indiana Jones shoots a swordsman was thought up on the spot when Harrison Ford couldn’t perform his stunts due to a case of food poisoning.

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Blade Runner (1982) This neo-noir science-fiction classic was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard. Rick is a Blade Runner, a police officer that hunts down Replicants, in 2019. Replicants are humanoid androids that aren’t allowed on planet Earth. Blade Runner won the Academy Award for Best Production Design in 1982.

The production was designed by Lawrence G. Paull and David Snyder worked as Art Director. Together, the crew built a dystopian Los Angeles inspired by the architecture of Antonio Sant’Elia and the painting Nighthawks by Edward Hopper.

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Victor Victoria (1982) Blake Edwards directed this musical, which was a remake of a German film. Victor Victoria was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Production Design in 1982. Julie Andrews stars as a female singer who pretends to be a female impersonator named Count Victor Grazinski. The movie also stars James Garner as Victoria’s love interest King and Robert Preston as her friend Toddy.

The last two films really represent the fashion and design that was trending in the 80’s, including the bold colors and pastels mixed with black and whites, the clean lines and retro pieces from the 50’s and 60’s. The Memphis Group, an Italian design firm in Milan, popularized use of asymmetry, bold colors and metallics.

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Earth Girls are Easy (1988) Geena Davis stars in this 80s comedy as Valerie, a girl who is having problems with her fiancé when three aliens crash land in her swimming pool. The aliens are played by Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans.

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Pretty in Pink (1986) This Brat pack movie from John Hughes was destined to star Molly Ringwald as Andie and Jon Cryer as her friend Duckie. Andie is falling in love with Blane (Andrew McCarthy) but his rich friends disapprove. The production was designed by John W. Corso and the set was decorated by Jennifer Polito and Bruce Weintraub.

Just so you know: Out of all of her movies, this is Molly Ringwald’s favorite.

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Check back again for Interior Design in Classic Movies of the 1990s. Which production designs would you like to see broken down?


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