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Designing the Movies: Auntie Mame with Tommy Smythe
Join Designing the Movies host Nathalie Atkinson for a movie matinée and conversation with special guest Tommy Smythe—designer, television presenter and contributing House & Home editor—about the visually dazzling AUNTIE MAME. The 1958 cult classic is a Tommy favourite and was also a lasting influence on other talents like Jonathan Adler, who called the movie a rite of passage for every aspiring interior designer.
Based on the hit Broadway play of Patrick Dennis’s bestselling memoir and nominated for six Academy Awards, ten-year-old orphan Patrick goes to live with his free-spirited aunt at her lavish Beekman Place duplex. Naturally, the stuffy estate trustee disapproves of the eccentric grande dame’s flamboyant lifestyle. Parties, hi-jinx, thematic costumes — and frequent interior re-decoration — ensue.
With sumptuous costumes by Orry-Kelly (Some Like it Hot, Casablanca), glorious and unforgettable design of ever-changing sets by George James Hopkins (My Fair Lady, Hello Dolly!) and overall art direction by Malcolm C. Bert.