On this election day, we thought it only fitting to highlight a film that tells a very presidential story. Focus Features’ new film Hyde Park on Hudson re-imagines the events of one weekend in 1939, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) hosted the King and Queen of England at the Roosevelt home in upstate New York, marking the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. We’re inspired by many aspects of the film, including, of course the set design.
Featuring production design by Simon Bowles and set decoration by Celia Bobak, the film is a lush period piece, beautifully enamored with the details of the era’s look and feel. As just one small example of the overall effect of the film, the home office at Hyde Park pays extraordinary attention to detail. From the collections of photos and artwork grouped on the bookshelves to the well-appointed bar tray and handsome furniture, these still photos from the film help to illustrate why set design is such a major factor in the overall effect of a film.
Fans of historic films who appreciate gorgeous set design and costuming will naturally gravitate to Hyde Park on Hudson, and we certainly expect that viewers will emerge from the theater buzzing with inspiration, both from the great performances from the actors as well as the incredible look of the film itself.
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Source: Photos courtesy Focus Features