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Images of the day. From Sketch to the Screen: Vincente Minnelli's "Bells Are Ringing"

Film architecture is created in film studios, places on the fringe of reality. Anything that is built is usually only present in part, and made of impermanent materials. Perhaps it should be called cineplastique. It is a dynamic and constantly transforming architecture, in contrast to the architectural traditions of the real world.  Using architectural fragments, models, back projections, mirror tricks, painted backdrops, large-format photographs and virtually generated settings creates this unique world. It is sometimes enough to tell a story if it is simply linked with a building, like the Bates Motel in Psycho or the German fortress in La grande illusion.  Yet however near, however tangible film architecture ultimately may seem, it also remains vague, fleeting, and a mere impression. They are projections of dream spaces, designed, shaped and built in a film architect's workshop. As Wolfgang Jacobsen points out, "film is a laboratory of modernism. Film architecture is a laboratory of film modernism."  And as an architect, I must confess that I find it more dazzling, more influential, and without doubt more dramatic than real architecture.

From Vincente Minnelli's Bells Are Ringing (1960); art direction by Preston Ames and George W. Davis.

Great. The shots unfolded the thing that I couldn’t understand through watching the film. and thanks for “Raymond Durgnat on Bells are ringing” in your weblog…
Good job ! ( like always ). I hope for " will be continued" . Keep rambling through it pal .
Good shots and lines on film architecture, thanks! Yes, “a mere impression”, but a lasting one. Looking forward to more.
It was interesting taking a tour of the Warner Bros’ back lot a couple summers ago. They use the same buildings in a great number of movies, changing the signage and a few key features to project almost any look you want. But then I think a lot of it is done with camera angles so that you don’t feel like you are seeing the same thing twice. Maybe architecture should be more plastic this way, more permeable.
It depends on what you will shoot but i definitely prefer real location to studio.
At heart, you are more of a film lover than an architect. Other architects would probably lynch you for saying that you find film architecture more dazzling, influential and dramatic than real architecture. Keep up the good work!
Interesting subject Ehsan! I have always had this question how does architecture and film relate to eachother?does film use architecture to enhance and improve narrative? They both create space but in different ways. Architecture is a good means of showing what is now and what was before! But I think in recent decade films are informing architecture more! aren’t they?

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