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The classic American Revolution musical is brought to life on the big screen through skilled actors, fine direction and of course, elaborate sets emulating the 1700s.
This film was shot entirely in California by directors Archie Mayo and John Cromwell.
This less known film inspired the 90s romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle. It was partially filmed on location in New York City and the South of France.
Incredible replicas of the Sistine Chapel and 16th century Rome gave this 1965 film the push it needed to win an Oscar for Art Direction.
A 1949 romantic comedy about a woman with a choice to make — set in a typical late 40s suburban environment.
Starring Ginger Rogers and David Niven, the film was shot in Manhatten, New York.
Beautiful Mediterranean sets and famous landmarks abound in this 50s romantic drama set in Greece.
The walls of the legendary Alcatraz Prison provide the backdrop for this film noir about a prison rebellion.
This Academy Award winning film features sets designed to represent the fictional European country of Lichtenburg.
This jubilant rendition of the opera “Carmen” displays a variety of sets including an all-black army camp, a forest, and a boxing arena.
Pieces of a North African Casbah were created for this tale of love and crime.
Queen Cleopatra of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.
The legendary Fred Astaire taps and hops through classic Hollywood backdrops in this romantic musical.
The colorful and whimsical world of the veterinarian who can speak to animals comes to life in the 1967 film Doctor Dolittle.
A man sells his soul to the devil in order to have the woman he loves.
Boasting a lavish, detailed production that perfectly recreates the Victorian era, Gaslight is one of the greatest psychological thrillers ever made, thanks to Bergman's stellar, Oscar-winning performance.
55 Central Park West, or “Spook Central,” is the central location for the story and almost seems to have a life of its own. The final building was compiled from more than a dozen sets, miniatures, matteshots, and shots on location.
Released in 1939, Gone with the Wind is considered one of the most beloved and striking films in history. The film was shot in three-strip technicolor, and is cinema’s greatest, historical epic.
A dramatic tale of boxing and love, this tale of struggle stars a young James Earl Jones as a victim of sports racism. John DeCuir designed the sets as Production designer of this film.
Douglas Montgomery played Stephen Foster in this film that was first shown on WCBS in 1947.
This classic musical turned film is one of the many that John DeCuir designed during his time at 20th Century Fox. For this production, DeCuir built huge façades over studio lot and turned back the clock to 1890. With exquisite detail, he recreated a time gone by in costume, sets, props, and atmosphere.
Tropical settings light up the screen in this romantic drama.
Urban environments, comedy clubs, and more dance across the screen in this semi-autobiographical dramedy.
DeCuir’s colorful and breathtaking watercolors in The King and I leave the impression of unexpected romance. The movie is based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, and follows the story of a school teacher who travels to Siam to teach the young princes and princesses, and ends up finding love in their King.
A sketch from one of the many Little Lord Fauntleroy screen adaptations can be seen here.
Goldie Hawn starred in this film directed by Mario Monicelli
The revolution of Haiti provides the backdrop for an island escape in this dramatic romance.
With a budget of over two million dollars, Marie Antoinette was one of the most expensive films of the 1930s, but also one of the biggest successes because of its exquisite wardrobe and visually appealing scenes. It received multiple Academy Award nominations including Best Art Direction.
Mexican settings feature heavily in this Abbot and Costello comedy.
This is one of three feature films in this collection designed by John DeCuir and filmed in the Italian capital of Rome. This film features several well known sights.
Well designed British manors provide the backdrop for this thrilling drama, inspiring several remakes.
This Scorcese film was ironically filmed only partially in New York City. Numerous sets were designed and built in Los Angeles.
This post-WWII romantic drama required a massive coastal set built on sound stages.
Harry Johnson’s concept art for the classic tale of Dorian Gray can be seen in these sketches.
An early look at the development of Raiders of the Lost Ark can be seen in these pieces of concept art.
Various maritime production designs were required for this picture centered around an attempt to raise the Titanic.
DeCuir took advantage of the wider format to create visual frames and increase emphasis on the subject of each shot.
Seen here is concept art from Shakespeare and His Women, the film was not able to raise the necessary funds, but was resurrected in 1998 and retitled Shakespeare in Love.
During World War II on an island in the South Pacific, love blooms between a nurse and a Frenchman both caught up in the war. Sketching with charcoal, DeCuir uses warm colors and earth tones to design island scenes for the movie South Pacific, based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
Sets built to look like theaters and stages feature heavily in this classic movie musical.