Sunday, December 27, 2009

It's Complicated (2009)

It's Complicated (2009)
Directed by: Nancy Meyers
Production Design by: Jon Hutman
Set Decoration by: Beth Rubino

Have you seen it? I haven't yet but plan to this week. Meanwhile, there's a lot of buzz around the movie and the sets (of course). I thought I'd share some links to various excellent posts and articles around the web.

I first posted about the movie here - with photos I gleaned from the first trailers.

 Image via Remodelista

Image via Remodelista
 Over at The Remodelista, they have a couple of excellent "Steal this look" posts. On the kitchen (above)  and the garden (below).

 Image via Remodelista

Image via Remodelista

The New York Times Magazine had an excellent cover story on director Nancy Meyers entitled "Can Anybody Make a Movie for Women?" by Daphne Merkin.

Photo Illustration by Zachary Scott. Prop Stylist: Brandon Klein

 From "What Women Want" with Mel Gibson. Photo: Andrew Cooper/Paramount Pictures. "What Women Want" is the most successful movie directed by a woman - ever.

The LA Times has an article on Ms. Meyer's Perfectionism by Amy Kaufman. I wonder how many major newspapers dedicate column inches to male director's perfectionistic tendencies?

photo by Genaro Molina/LA Times

The LA Times also has a travel article on various movie locations. The story is set in Santa Barbara, however, much of the movie was shot in a sound stage in Brooklyn.

The City of Santa Barbara has even created a website showcasing the various locations used in the movie. There is also a link to download the official production notes from the movie, including an interview with Nancy Meyers and details on the production design.

The December issue of Traditional Home magazine had a nice photo spread from the movie, which you can see here. In the production notes from the movie, Nancy Meyers says that the peachy/orange color that dominates the movie set was inspired by the orangey glow she sees in Santa Barbara, particularly roof tiles and setting sun. A subtle way of imbuing a sense of place into a movie set. It also happens to be a very flattering color on Ms. Streep.

My pal Joni at Cote de Texas has done one of her tour de force posts on several Nancy Meyer's movie sets and comparing them to the director's own home. You can read it here.

Read a Liberty Post/Patti Friday Joint here.

California artist Mitchell Johnson emailed me to share that his painting "Meyreuil" has prominent position over the fireplace in the living room.

You can read all my previous posts on the movies of Nancy Meyers - the "Decorator's Director".  About a year and a half ago, I posted a poll asking readers which was their favorite Nancy Meyer's movie set. Not surprisingly, "Something's Gotta Give" was the winner, edging out close competitor "The Holiday".

So, on the eve of 2010, which is your favorite Nancy Meyer's film - going back nearly two decades.

What is you favorite Nancy Meyers movie set?

Father of the Bride 1 (1991)

Father of the Bride 2 (includes nursery) (1995)

The Parent Trap (1998)

What Women Want (2000)

Something's Gotta Give (2003)

The Holiday(2007)

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