Monday, March 25, 2013

Models on film

In advance of going to see this film about architectural models as film sets, here's a nicely wonky and thoroughly unconvincing bit of architectural set design, courtesy of Alfred Hitchock. 

Wait for the title credits to end and gasp as the camera pans over a majestic mountain range before zooming towards a remote train station in the snow. The bit with the car is particularly charming given that it serves very little purpose other than to draw attention to the fact that the east European village in which the film begins is actually a small model built in the Gainsborough studios in Shoreditch. 

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