Film Magic 1963-64

Film Magic 1963-64

In 1963 New Wave Director Jean-Luc Godard made a “commercial” film about the film industry itself.  Le Mepris featured Brigitte Bardot and Michel Piccoli with Fritz Lang playing himself as the director of the film they are shooting in the story.  A standout modern villa on Capri was the foundation for the decor.

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Not only is there a gorgeous musical theme that appears with Bardot’s character but the colours change with the plot – specifically to delineate the power exerted by two opposing gods over human lives.
Screen shot 2015-10-05 at 12.12.22 AM      Screen shot 2015-10-05 at 12.13.32 AMThe film within the film portrays, highly stylized, the power of Athena his protectrice and Neptune his enemy over Ulysses and his wife Penelope.
Screen shot 2015-10-05 at 2.54.03 AMWhich god is controlling the main drama playing out between the screenwriter and his wife Camille determines whether red or blue dominates the screen.  Note the fluted columns without base or capitol supporting the console table above left!!Screen shot 2015-10-05 at 1.15.47 AM
The results are thrilling!  The decor is as sparsely set as today’s space sensibility.  Screen shot 2015-10-05 at 1.08.28 AM
The film’s layered depths and clear bright visuals have stood the test of time.  Le Mepris 1963

When Jane Fonda was married to handsome elegant French Film Director Roger Vadim they made beautiful movies together.  With sets designed by Jean Andre, Vadim’s closest friend, the screen is alive with interior design ideas and surprises.  Who would expect that inside thisScreen shot 2015-09-24 at 3.39.46 PM stately facade
was this wild exotic foyer? Note sculptures on columns flank draped doorways, neutral walls and gilded accent furniture.Fonda and Vadim

AndScreen shot 2015-09-24 at 3.48.54 PM an electric blue wall opens to reveal a magenta bar,
A boat bed!! sinks in a confused setting,Screen shot 2015-09-24 at 3.57.24 PM

and Jane with her giant chignon and yellow marabou hem heads for the conservatory.
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Jane, crossing the conservatory in white marabou, is a tres riche Canadienne married for her money in Paris..conservatory
The decor of this film was jumbled together, like the sixties style in general, but single ideas reworked in the light-handed way of the moment might feel both new and right.  The Game is Over 1964
This research into 1960’s French cinema is sending a jolt through my creative wiring that cuts a diagonal across the neo-classical perspective – so natural because the neo-classics are everywhere in their crazy sets.
Soon I’ll be able to photograph the new furniture and accessories being made for the showroom and client projects, that will infuse this influence into current time and space, mostly space, and mostly accessories!
Lois Macaulay