Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Colorful pop art and art deco sets in "Broken Embraces" of Almodovar | MOVIE SET DESIGN

Broken Embraces set design


"Broken Embraces" is another movie whose sets have caught my attention. The film follows a young actress, not yet succesful, engaged but secretly in love with movie director. Pedro Almodovar creates fun and vibrant pop-art inspired interiors with famous pieces of furniture (not only interiors were pop-art inspired, the movie's poster is direct reference to Andy Warhol's Marylin Monroe photographs) that are here almost as important as the characters. Some of the interiors are inspired with Art Deco but still, in some scenes Art Deco is courageously combined with pop art elements. The effect would be kitsch in real interiors but works for the movie. 

I just love the movies where the sets are so important. And as I also love colors watching this film was a visual feast for me.


Broken Embraces set design
On the left - art deco, on the right - pop art. Both screens are from the movie.

Penelope Cruz, above right, stars as Lena, an aspiring actress stuck in an unhappy love affair with a wealthy film producer. He tries to squash her ambition by telling her their mansion needs to be redecorated. - See more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2010/03/the-get-set-almodovars-broken-embraces-eyepopping-interiors-make-dvd-debut.html#sthash.agqw1FLy.dpuf
Broken Embraces set design


Broken Embraces set design
In the background yet another direct reference to pop art - see this tray with coca-cola bottles?

Broken Embraces set design
This color combination - red, warm yellow, pastel blue - is classic sixties. Plus the big kitsch apple on the wall. The contemporary floral pillows are from Missoni collection.


Above, in the living room, there is classic sofa and chairs Utrecht (1935 by Gerrit T. Rietveld) and on the wall famous pop-art apple (1963) by Enzo Mari.


Broken Embraces set design
sofa by Gerrit T. Rietveld

Broken Embraces set design
Look at black and white op-art tiles and geometric Penelope's sweater

Broken Embraces set design

Broken Embraces set design
In this set expensive high-end furniture is combined with cheap elements. Kitsch, you say? Yes, but as a movie set doesn't bother me.

On the terrace above there are some iconic pieces of furniture! We can see Eero Saarinen table, Harry Bertoia white wire side chairs and Patricia Urquiola's chairs (see more below).

Broken Embraces set design
On the right: Urquiola's Tropicalia outdoor chair and her Antibodi chair on the left (and above in the background of the scene)

Broken Embraces set design
Art Deco floor combines beautifully with the lying body in red clothes. This is one of very few completely "serious" sets.

Broken Embraces set design


And if you wanna do some shopping....

Broken Embraces set design
Pillows from the movie by Missoni Home

And HERE for example you can buy the apple :-) The apple is also hanging in Sarah Jessica's Parker and Matthew Broderick's kitchen (below).

Broken Embraces set design



Above: The terrace of the "Broken Embraces" apartment features an Eero Saarinen table with a customized ceramic tile top and Harry Bertoia white wire side chairs. To the left are Urquiola's Tropicalia chairs. "They were prototypes from the Milan trade show," says Gomez, "because at the time of the filming they hadn't been produced."  - See more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2010/03/the-get-set-almodovars-broken-embraces-eyepopping-interiors-make-dvd-debut.html#sthash.FNZUVSSu.dpuf
Above: The terrace of the "Broken Embraces" apartment features an Eero Saarinen table with a customized ceramic tile top and Harry Bertoia white wire side chairs. To the left are Urquiola's Tropicalia chairs. "They were prototypes from the Milan trade show," says Gomez, "because at the time of the filming they hadn't been produced."  - See more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2010/03/the-get-set-almodovars-broken-embraces-eyepopping-interiors-make-dvd-debut.html#sthash.FNZUVSSu.dp
references: cinemarama, inspiredbydahlface, periscostumesco, latimes.com, casasugar.com, yellowtrace

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