There are a ton of film sets I want to talk about lately and that's all I really want to talk about. It doesn't make for a balanced blog, but so what? Some months ago, I had the tremendous pleasure of seeing Cloud Atlas for the first time. It came out in 2012, starring Oscar Winners Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, and the promos were downright confusing. Never having heard of the (magnificent) novel, I just didn't know what to make of it. My loss! This movie is visually stunning and best viewed in the theater. The story - tighter and more romantic than the novel - is entrancing, resonant and powerful. From the 1850s to the very distant future, the cinematography, CGI and set design produce a dazzling array of scenes in the 1850s, 1930s, 1970s, 2000s and distant future. If you haven't seen it, or read the novel, run don't walk...
Now let's discuss the 1970s studio apartment of Luisa Rey...
In this story, the third incarnation of the hero demarked by a comet birthmark, Halle Berry plays the main character, a journalist at a cheesy "spy" rag in San Francisco. Fate conspires to give Luisa the inside scoop on a huge conspiracy story that greater powers do not want exposed. In between sleuthing, secret meetings and brushes with death, she drops by her humble abode to relax and visit with her precocious neighbor boy.
Now, obviously not everyone is into retro decor, but one of the things that struck me about this apartment is that felt so authentic. Technically, I'm a child of the '80s but being born before 1975, I actually have a decent memory of the period. This set calls to mind a place my aunt had in Albany circa 1977. Much like the apartment in Carlito's Way, this one just speaks to me.
Perhaps it's the details that make it feel so right:
|luisa's folk-inspired clothing forerunners of today's 'boho-chic'|
|javier's clothes jibe with my memory - bell bottoms, turtlenecks and shoes (you couldn't just wear sneakers every day)|
|teeny black and white tv set, record player, stereo, transistor radio, vinyl albums...|
|four rooms in one, even i might lose it in here|
|rattan mirror, of course|
|sculptured wooden lamps, moroccan side tables and thonet bentwood dining chairs (just like my aunt had)|
|a vague view above the kitchen counter, more open shelves|
|period bakeware and a stove mere feet from the bathroom|
|period gems: a peacock chair and a bentwood dining chair - my aunt's were white|
|polaroids and an "electric" typewriter|
Of course, the daylight view is best, when you can see all the elements working together. The wall color matches the lampshades. the wallhanging and bedding coordinate...
|the ever-popular push button phone (we had rotary dial until 1990)|
|so many textures: leather, cotton, wood, inlay, rattan, ceramic|