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EXHIBITION EXPLORES THE ARTISTRY AND OBSESSIVE CRAFT BEHIND THE SCENES OF TEN ACCLAIMED FILMS.
The work of Ed Harris, Todd Haynes, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Ennio Morricone, Arianne Phillips, Vittorio Storaro, Hilary Swank, Dean Tavoularis, and Douglas Trumbull is on view at Museum of the Moving Image from June 14–August 19, 2012
The second installation in a three-exhibition series, PERSOL MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: 30 stories of craftsmanship in film, uncovers ten powerful stories of obsessive workmanship within filmmaking. It offers a unique opportunity to view rarely seen artifacts from some of cinema's most legendary films as well as behind- the-scenes research notes, sketches, video interviews, and materials used in the development process by some of the world's greatest filmmakers.
Among the celebrated stories are those of director Todd Haynes who made detailed color charts for his film Far from Heaven, precisely calibrating the emotional tone and aesthetic in each scene. And when helping to bring to life the story of controversial socialite Wallis Simpson (W.E.), costume designer Arianne Phillips turned to Simpson's own obsession with adornment to create a wardrobe that not only evoked the look and quality of historic haute couture but also captured the emotional tone of each garment. Actor-director Ed Harris immersed himself in the character of Jackson Pollock for years, learning to paint in the style of the artist. Hilary Swank, for her part as Maggie in Million Dollar Baby, perfected boxing so well that she earned the respect of her legendary trainer.
The exhibition also looks at the work of French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie), cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor), director Alfred Hitchcock (North by Northwest), special effects supervisor and technical innovator Douglas Trumbull ("Stargate" sequence), composer Ennio Morricone (his collaborations with Sergio Leone), and production designer Dean Tavoularis (One From the Heart).