Monocle on Design

Design and the silver screen

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27 April 2021

Episode 498

30 minutes

This week, we roll out the red carpet for the unsung heroes of cinema. We speak to the Oscar-winning set decorator of ‘Mank’, hear about a new biopic of a design legend and get a film critic’s view on the craft of production design.

27 April 2021

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Chapter 1

Jan Pascale

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We speak to the Oscar-winning set decorator of ‘Mank’ Jan Pascale about the thrills of working on the critically acclaimed film and the challenges of designing in monochrome.

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What is a production designer?

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Production designers are responsible for bringing a director’s vision to life. Film critic Karen Krizanovich provides an ode to these unsung heroes of film.

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Capturing architecture on film

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Former head of Monocle Films Gillian Dobias talks us through capturing the beauty and complexity of architecture and tactile objects on film.

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Virpi Suutari, director of ‘Aalto’

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‘Aalto’ is a documentary telling the story of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and the design partnership he formed with his first wife Aino. We speak to the film’s director Virpi Suutari to discuss the human relationships behind one of the 20th century’s most famous architects.

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