Behind the Screen: Bright Star with Charlotte Watts

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As meditation on the doomed love affair between the poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), Jane Campion’s Bright Star is not a typical period film.  Critics have praised this intimate, unadorned romance since it premiered at Cannes this spring, as set decorator Charlotte Watts tells us, recreating its sets—all the way down to the upholstery nails—was …

Behind the Screen: A look at Julie & Julia with Mark Ricker

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Julie & Julia serves up two stories: that of Julia Child (Meryl Streep), who introduced America to French cuisine a half-century ago, and that of Julie Powell (Amy Adams), the modern-day amateur cook (and memoirist) who went through every recipe in Child’s seminal Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  We spoke with the film’s production designer, Mark Ricker, about automobiles …

Behind the Screen: A look at Chéri with Véronique Melery

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Directed by Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons, The Queen) and based on the novels of Colette, Chéri tells the story of an aging courtesan (Michelle Pfeiffer) who falls for the playboy son (Rupert Friend) of a rival courtesan (Kathy Bates). It’s a boudoir dramedy set mainly in Paris, and it goes without saying that the Belle Epoque interiors speak volumes. I …

Behind the Screen: A look at Easy Virtue with Giles Edleston

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Based on a 1924 Noël Coward play, Easy Virtue, which opens in New York and Los Angeles theaters today, is a comedy about a racecar-driving American beauty (Jessica Biel) and her struggle to adapt to life with the in-laws. Nearly all the action takes place at her new English husband’s (Ben Barnes) ancestral home, where her mother-in-law, Mrs. Whitaker (Kristin …