Best Art Direction – 1971

Official Nominations: Nicholas And Alexandra. The Andromeda Strain. Bedknobs And Broomsticks. Fiddler On The Roof. Mary, Queen Of Scots.

Nicholas And Alexandra was the official winner this year, no surprises, but it’s a category filled with good choices. The Andromeda Strain is my choice as winner, something different from the typical costume epic and I tend to find these sorts of films more interesting from an aesthetic viewpoint, especially when they strive for a unique look. Bedknobs And Broomsticks, as much as I don’t like it, deserves it’s nomination here, as does Fiddler On The Roof, while Mary, Queen Of Scots is the second epic.

My Winner: The Andromeda Strain

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My Nominations: The Andromeda Strain. A Clockwork Orange. The Devils. McCabe And Mrs Miller. THX 1138. Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.

Only my winner from the Official list makes it over to meet a few contenders who really should have been recognised. A Clockwork Orange is a glaring omission being one of the most uniquely visual films of the year while The Devils is unique all around. McCabe And Mrs Miller is a more rain drenched Western than what you may expect, its set growing as the story progresses yet feels downbeat and used rather than crisp and new. THX 1138 of course has a dystopian coldness while Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory is the polar opposite – vibrant, colourful, and brimming with energy and life.

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My Winner: Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

Let us know your winner in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Best Art Direction – 1971

  1. John Charet October 5, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Great post ☺ For Best Art-Direction of 1971, I would choose either McCabe & Mrs. Miller or Derek Jarman’s work on The Devils. Anyway, keep up the great work as always ☺

    P.S. I have a new blog post on a John Landis film entitled Into the Night on my website. The reason I say this is because their is a video blog on YouTube that has Mark Kermode talking glowingly about it and I know you love hearing what he says about movies whether you agree or disagree. If you want to see the video just type “Mark Kermode” space and “into the night” ☺

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