We’re almost caught up to the present time with these blog posts about interior design in popular movies. Today, we’re going over Interior Design in Classic Movies of the 1990s.
Something’s Gotta Give (2003) – “I think it’s the drama in life that makes you strong.”
This film starring Diane Keaton as Erica and Jack Nicholson as Harry features a beautiful beach house in the Hamptons. The interiors were filmed on a sound stage. In the film, Harry is dating Erica’s daughter. When he has a heart attack, he stays with Erica during his recovery. Meanwhile, Erica begins dating Harry’s doctor, Julian Mercer, played by Keanu Reeves.
Nancy Meyers wrote and directed this film, while Jon Hutman completed Production Design and Beth Rubino did Set Decoration. Meyers wrote the lead roles with Keaton and Nicholson in mind.
Something’s Gotta Give was nominated for an Oscar for Production Design. The soap stone countertops in Erica’s kitchen became very popular.
It’s Complicated (2009) – “It’s official, we’re having an affair!”
This is another Nancy Meyers film, which stars Meryl Streep as Jane, Alec Baldwin as Jake and Steve Martin as Adam. Jane is having an affair with her ex-husband Jake when she meets Adam, the architect remodeling her house. Jane lives in a Spanish ranch house in the Santa Barbara Hills. The real house is located in Hidden Valley and has gone on the market for $12 million.
Jon Hutman and Beth Rubino returned for this film, and W. Steven Graham completed art direction.
Down With Love (2003) – “We’re acting just like two people…in love.”
This zany film was cooked up as a tribute to the 1960s comedy movies starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randall. Down with Love, directed by Peyton Reed, stars Renee Zellweger as Barbara, Ewan McGregor as Catcher and David Hyde Pierce as Peter. Barbara has written a best-selling novel advising women to give up romance, which ruins the antics of playboy and journalist Catcher.
Andrew Laws completed Production Design, Martin Whist was on Art Direction and Don Diers did Set Decoration.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) – “Look, I know I’m going to be the bad guy on this one, but I just want to say the last six days have been the best six days of probably my whole life.”
The Royal Tenenbaums, from director Wes Anderson, tells the story of the Tenenbaum family. It’s obvious from the décor and costumes that the Tenenbaums are stuck in the 1970s. The Tenenbaum siblings, played by Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow and Luke Wilson, were child prodigies and now struggle over the loss of their success. Meanwhile, their father Royal (Gene Hackman) schemes to win back his ex-wife Ethline (Anjelica Huston).
The Production Design was headed by David Wasco and Art Direction was done by carl Sprague. The Tenenbaum’s home was created from a house in Hamilton Heights in Harlem, Manhattan. The crew completely redecorated the home.
A Single Man (2009) – “If it’s going to be a world with no time for sentiment, Grant, it’s not a world that I want to live in.”
Tom Ford directed and produced this film starring Colin Firth as George Falconer and Matthew Goode as Jim. In the year 1962, George is a professor mourning the loss of his partner Jim.
The movie was filmed in the Schaffer Residence, a modern home built by John Lautner in 1949 in Glendale, California. Dan Bishop worked as Production Designer on the movie and Amy Wells worked as Set Decorator. Both crew members also worked on mad Men.
Check back next week for interior design of movies in the 2010s.