Rendering by Eve Stewart, Art director for "The King's speech"As a photographer I can’t avoid seeing a movie as a sequence of still images and as an interior decorator I can’t refrain from loving or hating the movies set decoration.
Referring to the title of this post, Best set decoration (Art direction) Oscar 2011 was given to “Alice in Wonderland” and it was well deserved, but I want to give a virtual blogging Oscar, even if they were less scenographic and elaborate, to the interiors of “The King’s Speech” winner of four other Oscars.
The interiors have charmed me with wallpapers, tea sets, boiserie, chandeliers, fireplaces, decorative stucco and much more.
When the future king goes to the logopedist he finds a very simple, informal elegance. The rooms appear well lived, a worn sofa, several layers of wallpaper (can they represent the several layers of our mind or the several layers of different personalities visiting the office of the Australian therapist?)
In the study of Lionel Logue the worn sofa and the multi layered wallpaper
speak of the personality of the therapist.
A warm set of lights, a huge tall fireplace with a carved wood mantel give
a sense of warmth and intimacy to the study.
The waiting room is almost empty, a simple bench to seat on while waiting to be received and,
have you noticed? nobody greeting the patient. No formality, no keeping up appearances:
Very different the atmosphere in the royal palace, gilded stucco, elaborate chandeliers, Persian rugs, arrangements of flowers everywhere, very formal surroundings for scenes shot in the most beautiful English residences, like the Lancaster House in London and several others in the country.
The royal couple in their residence.
Their living room, more modest but much cozier than the other huge rooms in the palace.
Every detail chosen by Eve Stewart (read an interview HERE) is so perfectly representing the time of the story, from the lighting to the furniture, to the cup of tea…and the interiors are also very appropriate to the different personalities in the movie.
And the Oscar goes…
Colin Firth has well deserved the 2011 Oscar but he should also have won the same Oscar in 2010 for actor in a leading role in “A single man”!
What a guy!
Photography courtesy of EaglePictures.
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