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The Production Designer's Wet Dream
List creator: VGrimm
Created on: September 25, 2004 - 2:57 PM PDT
Description: Live action films with imaginative production values.

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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989)
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  This is one of the best movies of all time. I don't even know where to start. From the theatre to the battlefield to the moon. Wow all counts.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
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  WETA rocks. We know. All three films in the series show this. End of story.
The City of Lost Children (1995)
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  One of two masterpieces with the mark of the Caro brothers. Its dark, postwar ambience, paired with a fantastical steampunk aesthetic, is unforgettable. Sadly, the Caros other, similar masterpiece, Delicatessen, is not avaliable at GreenCine.
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
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  Kurosawa's landscapes tell a story of their own. Best bit is when he walks into a Van Gogh. Surrreal.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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  The formulation of folk ikons isn't easy. This movie succeeds. Dark Vader's mask in particular is a VERY strong piece of design.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
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  A classic in its own time -- that saying is trite, but true of this movie. The landscape bows to the Lean lens.
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
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  A lush, at times surreally dreamlike film, whose over-the-top, jewel-hued (yet darkening) costuming, set, and lighting choices imaginatively compliment its script.
The Dark Crystal (1982)
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  I think we've established Brian Froud kicks ass at this point.
Six-String Samurai (1998)
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  I'm a sucker for steampunk and cyberpunk and post-apocalyptic worlds. Also, for Buddy Holly. He's so dreaaamy. This one combines them all, and well. Death and his riders=unforgettable.
Batman Returns (1992)
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  Again, Tim Burton. Design is everywhere in this film. The Penguin, its star, is the centerpiece of a cold, dank, spiky, crimson, and fish-smelling design. Even the catwoman, after decades of leopard prints, fits the black and bloody picture.
Beetlejuice (1988)
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  Burton's skeletal, perverse aesthetic is vibrant here, particularly when reflected in Ms. Deets' sculptures. Her imprisonment at their hands is my favorite part.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
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  Tim Burton's trademark style is nascent in this piece. Steampunk touches on a Betty Crocker of a suburb make a beautiful and delicious blend here.
Time Bandits (1981)
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  Terry Gilliam has a sense about these things. I like the fantastic sense of this one more than the orwellishness of "Brazil". Never knew horse skulls could be so scary. Wonderfully surreal.
Muriel's Wedding (1994)
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  The plastic, air-filled, neon-tinged atmosphere of the early 90s, mixed with a gleefully nuts seventies tackiness, is almost overwhelming in this film, and watching it change and lose its false luster as the heroine matures is breathtaking.
Amelie (2001)
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  This movie's a bit soppy, but the combination of the ordinary and the fantastic, as well as the physical representation of things like 'she dissolved in tears' makes this one a winner.
Labyrinth (1986)
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  Its Jim Henson. Need I say more? {; really lovely stuff here, thanks to Brian Froud's topsy-turvy, crooked and glimmering aesthetic.
Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)
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  I love Valerie's dream sequence in particular in this film, and how it calls up images of B-run and exploitation movies from thirty years of cinema history.
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Greek Myths (1987)
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  Haven't seen this Greek version, but the European set have a really lovely 19th century fairytale aesthetic, with wonderful use of computer animation and great puppets.
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
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  Consistent aesthetic on a very small budget. Great scarabs. GREAT Elvis.
What Dreams May Come (1998)
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  Stupid plot, bearable writing, sappy in general. But the design.....I've never seen anyone walk through a painting so well. This movie is worth watching just for the landscapes and the living paintings.
Tromeo & Juliet (1996)
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  Ok, I admit it -- the award is for the cow theme through the whole movie. That and the amusing use of xmas lights in the 'holy palmer' scene.

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