I like to travel routes unknown, not for snobbery or thirst for distinguish myself, but simply because i like to follow my thought and my instict in the wake of curiosity.

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MASTER OF SET DESIGN: KEN ADAM “BERLINER” CINEMA SUPERSTAR! Ken and his strange relationship with Stanley Kubrick! Berlinare 2015 is coming , Don’t Miss This Great Opportunity to discover an unbelievable artist.

MASTER OF SET DESIGN: KEN ADAM “BERLINER” CINEMA SUPERSTAR! Ken and his strange relationship with Stanley Kubrick

Berlinare 2015 is coming , Don’t Miss This Great Opportunity to discover an unbelievable artist.


11 December 2014 – 17 May 2015:
Bigger Than Life. Ken Adam’s Film Design

Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen
Potsdamer Straße 2
10785 Berlin

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Thunderball (1965), James Bond

Set design is one of the most complicated elements in film. Basically, it’s meant to serve the story and not call attention to itself, while still adding to the mood of the film.
Berlinale is coming and Don’t Miss This Great Opportunity to discover a Berliner Cinema Superstar: Sir Kenneth Adam the most influential film production designer of the last half of the twentieth century.

6Born to a wealthy Jewish family in Berlin in 1921 ( his birth name was Klaus Adam), Adam had a privileged childhood but fled to London 1934 when the Nazis cracked down on Jewish businesses, including his father’s firm. After studying architecture, he served as a fighter pilot for the British during World War II, then wangled a job as a junior draftsman on the otherwise forgettable 1947 film, “This Was A Woman.” Adam worked his way up the ranks to become a production designer, a role that didn’t exist until 1938 when William Cameron Menzies was given the title on “Gone with the Wind.” It was still so peripheral that Adam’s name was misspelled in the credits of “Around the World in Eighty Days” (1956), the first film where he felt he made a creative impact.

He most famous for ‘Dr Strangelove’ and the James Bond films of the 60’s & 70’s. He is also one of only two German nationals who flew for the RAF in World War II.


Thunderball Set (1965)

In London, Adam flew for the RAF – the first German fighter pilot to do so – and he claims that this experience, fraught with action and danger, played a huge role in his design work, particularly the Bond films. Although he still lives in London, Adam has never forgotten his Berlin roots.

There is no doubt that Adam was influenced by the Bauhaus and German Expressionism and the architects who he admired most are Mies Van Der Rohe, Mendelsohn, Gropius and Le Corbusier, and also, in some way, Frank Lloyd Wright .

You only Live Twice (GB, US 1967, Lewis Gilbert)

You only Live Twice (GB, US 1967, Lewis Gilbert) Villains get the best apartments: Blofeld’s Volcano Lair for “You Only Live Twice”. © Ken Adam Archive/Deutsche Kinemathek)

The mastermind behind seven of the first eleven Bond films, including Dr. No, Adam has been lauded as one of the world’s greatest production designers. First recognized during the filming of Around the World in Eighty Days, he has managed to cultivate a rapt following in one of the cinema’s most underappreciated professions, and with it a reputation for grandly expressionistic sets, such as the war room in Dr. Strangelove and Blofeld’s volcanic headquarters in You Only Live Twice.

By the early 70s, Ken’s imagination had made him Hollywood’s most celebrated production designer, and in 1975 he got another call from Mr Kubrick who was preparing to come out of hiding after the fallout from Clockwork Orange. He wanted re-tell Barry Lyndon, Thackeray’s candle lit ode to the regency period. Ken reluctantly agreed. He had happily passed on the opportunity to work on 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Barry Lindon set – Stanley Kubrick

Adam said: “Stanley had got very nasty menacing letters from people threatening his life, so when we were preparing for Barry he wouldn’t move out of his house for 5 or 6 months. I said ‘how can you make a film on location when you don’t go out?’ So he employed an army of young photographers to take pictures of stately homes. But you couldn’t say anything about his paranoia to anyone otherwise he would be on the phone the next day. He controlled everything you said in the press and on set.”

Physically exhausted, Ken had a nervous breakdown, and Kubrick fired everyone on set for six weeks to re-think the film’s strategy.


Dr. Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick

“It wasn’t normal pressure, I can cope with normal pressure,” he says, with a gutsy laugh. “I had to go into a clinic. Stanley was more worried than I was, but I was beyond worrying really. He rang everyday but wasn’t able to talk to me because my psychiatrist wanted to cut this umbilical chord between us. Which he never managed to do actually. When I finally came back to this house, he rang up and asked me if I wanted to direct a scene over in Germany. The moment I heard that I was back in the clinic. Crazy.”

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The Spy Who Loved Me (GB, US 1977, Lewis Gilbert)

“Kubrick had seen Dr. No and loved it,” Ken says, tugging back a lungful of cigar smoke. “He asked if I would be interested in doing a picture for him. I went to see him and he had a lot of charm and curiosity, but I felt he was also very naïve. Little did I know that there was this gigantic computer like brain functioning all the time!”

He sketched out an idea for the film’s centrepiece – a split-level war room. Kubrick liked it at first but scrapped it after wondering what he would do with the second level. Ken then drew an imposing triangular design, with the director standing behind him commenting on every stroke.

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The Madness of King George (GB, US 1994, Nicholas Hytner)

“We were too close. It was like a marriage. He was unbelievably possessive and very difficult to work with because he knew every other part of filmmaking, but not design. He was suspicious and I had to intellectually justify every line I drew. That can be so destroying to deal with day after day.”

In 1966, he returned to the city to work on the film Funeral in Berlin and 2001 for collaborating on Taking Sides by Istvan Szabo ; and in 2012, he donated his entire life’s work of over 5000 objects (including nearly 4000 sketches of his film sets) to the Deutsche Kinemathek. This donation forms the basis of the new exhibition.

He also worked on film as Addams family and The Madness of King George.

Don’t Miss This Great Opportunity to discover a great artist.

Confidential source Kubrick-Adam : “TIM NOAKES 2008 “


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Ken Adam, photo: Andreas-Michael Velten, 2014

Design study for the Liparus Super-Tanker in “The Spy Who Loved Me”. (GB/F 1977, directed by Lewis Gilbert; image © Ken Adam Archive/Deutsche Kinemathek)

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (GB, US 1968, Ken Hughes) image © Ken Adam Archive/Deutsche Kinemathek)


Funeral in Berlin (1966), Still from the movie Funeral in Berlin Martin-Gropius-Bau and the old Prussian Landtag (Abgeordnetenhaus today).The wall run between them.


Funeral in Berlin (1966)

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Around the world in 80 days set (1956)

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The Willard Whyte House for “Diamonds Are Forever”. (GB/USA 1971; image © Ken Adam Archive/Deutsche Kinemathek)

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Funeral in Berlin (1966), aus vaterland-Here in the British movie ‘Funeral in Berlin’ (1966) the Haus Vaterland (on the right) is on East-Berlin territory. In 1971 it came to the West in exchange.

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Addams Family (1973)

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The Zero Gravity Space for “Moonraker” a. (GB/F 1979; image © Ken Adam Archive/Deutsche Kinemathek)

Goldfinger (GB, US 1964, Guy Hamilton)

Goldfinger sketch (GB, US 1964, Guy Hamilton)

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Ken Adam


Taking Sides, István Szabó, (2001), Berlin set


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“WE LOVE MAKING MOVIE” is the slogan by Babelsberg Studios.

The passion for the movie, at the same time for Berlin unites me and my friend Francesco.

He organizes an interesting Tour called “CINEMA IN BERLIN” in collaboration with Berlino Explorer: An itinerary to discover some of the thousand places, the protagonists of the films that have made the history of Berlin in the movie production: the anecdotes and history of the German capital are combined with plots of the film, weaving reality with fiction, espionage with the ‘actuality. With the help of pictures and videos you can relive some of the most famous scenes set in the city, lowering himself for a moment in the role of Lola (“Run Lola Run”) or the angel Damiel (“Wings of Desire”) . Because the history of Berlin is also made of celluloid.


Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders by Potsdamer Platz

Francesco’s ITINERARY TOUR :

– Warschauer StraßeOberbaum Brücke, from “RUN LOLA RUN” (1998 by Tom Tykwer) and the action scenes of “BOURNE SUPREMACY (2004)”. Sprinting through the reunited city in the late 1990s, Franka Potente’s Lola swiftly became an international symbol of Germany’s new dynamism. Director Tom Tykwer hurled her pell-mell around Berlin, picking locations from east and west in a thriller that plays out three times, with three different outcomes. The film is very much a what-might-have-been story, with a happy ending, which is perhaps what we want to feel about Berlin itself.

– Alexanderplatz– From the television series “BERLIN Alexanderplatz” by Fassbinder to “GOODBYE LENIN” (2003), the most popular locations in the German capital. A dedicated young German boy pulls off an elaborate scheme to keep his mother in good health in this comedy drama from director Wolfgang Becker. Suffering a heart attack and falling into a coma after seeing her son arrested during a protest, Alex’s (Daniel Brühl) socialistmother, Christiane (Katrin Sass), remains comatose through the fall of the Berlin wall and the German Democratic Republic.

-Hauptbahnhof and the Bundestag – From science fiction movie AEON FLUX (2005) and EQUILIBRIUM (2002) wonderful unexpected set location.. Most of the filming used locations in Berlin, due to its unique mixture of fascist and modern architecture. In a Fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man (Christian Bale) in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.

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The Hall of Enforcement in Equilibrium, represented by the Bundestag (Berlin U-Bahn) subway station under the Reichstag building.

– Potsdamer Platz – The square of the angels of “WINGS OF ANGELS” by Wim Wenders. (1987), when he turned the square was still a wasteland. Arguably the finest film about the divided city was made by Wim Wenders in 1987 – a fable about angels floating over a traumatised Berlin, listening to its inhabitants’ thoughts, and attempting, in different ways, to heal their pain. Two years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz will become the largest building area of Europe; the result of reconstruction is the current, modern place you can see today.

ChristianeF    – Zoologischer Garten from the movie CHRISTIANE F, by Uli Edel (1981). Christiane F. – We Children from Bahnhof Zoo” in English) is a 1981 German film based on the autobiographical recordings of a young heroin addict and prostitute in West Berlin. It was one of the most successful German films of that year, going on to become a worldwide cult hit, but one that stirred up a lot of (I think justifiable) controversy. In the late 70s and early 80s, West Berlin’s reputation for radicalism and experimentation made it a mecca for youth at the time: but there was a dark side, encapsulated in this notorious film about a drug-addicted prostitute.Bahnhof Zoo was West Berlin’s biggest rail station at the time, and the film-makers also shot extensively in Christiane’s home district of Gropiusstadt, the southern suburb designed by the Bauhaus founder.


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Berlin was once Germany’s Hollywood, the capital of German cinema, home to the nation’s biggest movie company, the UFA, and stars such as Marlene Dietrich. The golden age of German and Berlin cinema was the interwar period, although following 1933 the Nazis gained a stranglehold over the industry and converted it in steps to a propaganda instrument. The Second World War pretty much killed off Berlin’s film industry. The UFA fled to western Germany, and its interests in the GDR were taken over by the state-owned DEFA, which continued to operate out of the Babelsberg Studios – albeit with little international success.

Following Berlin’s reunification, the multiplexes came to town: purpose-built, multiscreen movie theaters sprung up in all the major centers. They filled a huge gap in the market, especially on the eastern side of the city, bringing mainstream cinema to more Berliners than ever before, especially those along the Ku’damm were unable to compete and the turn of the century saw the great “Kinosterben” (film theatre die-off). Now the market is mainly divided up between the big multiplexes and smaller local / art-house cinemas. Nevertheless there’s a huge choice of venues, and something for every taste.

In the last years in Berlin has become In recent years Berlin has become a central point for foreign productions. (THE PIANIST, VALKIRIE, CLOUD ATLAS, V for VENDETTA). Just in the 2013 for the first time in Studio Babelsberg’s history, the studio celebrates three international film premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). Besides the premieres of Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and George Clooney’s THE MONUMENTS MEN, today the Berlinale officially announced the screening of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST directed by Christophe Gans. Vincent Cassel and the French up and coming star Léa Seydoux are featured in the main roles in the high budget remake of the fairy tale classic, shot entirely at Babelsberg studios.



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The ART OF TITLE : The importance of the Opening Title Sequence in the movie.

The importance of  the Opening Title Sequence in Film. I will return often to talk about this topic on this blog.

elastic-titleI think a well-crafted title sequence can introduce the audience to the mood and theme of the film and filmmaker’s intentions and set up the expectations of those watching. It’s really an ART of Visual Design. Creative Studio work only on that, close to the director.

I also think maybe It’s necessary to demand to the Academy Awars a nominee category for Best Credit Sequence!

Then the main-title sequence or the opening credits of a movie can be considered the most important piece in a film.

Sometimes I’ll show you interesting Opening Title Sequence , today I want to show you the latest HBO’s True Detective – main title Sequence by Antibody and Patrick Clair.

elastic-title2Patrick Clair, else known as Antibody, created the main title sequence for HBO’s critically acclaimed drama series True Detective starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. Working through his LA-based production partners, Elastic, and with compositing support from the talented crew at Breeder, Antibody seized the opportunity to combine striking portrait photography with evocative landscapes. Sex, religion, fire and the petrochemical apocalypse all feature heavily in this rich, symbolic rendering of the Louisiana Gulf Coast. The sequence was designed and directed by Antibody Creative Director Patrick Clair.

“When we were initially briefed, Nic Pizzolatta, the showrunner, and Cary Fukunaga, the director, spoke a lot about how the landscape and setting of the show revealed the characters and reflected their internal struggles. The show is set in Louisiana in the ’90s, with a strong presence of the petrochemical infrastructure and the pollution of the physical landscape. We read scripts for the first three episodes before even considering the visual execution. Story is always the most fundamental part of our design process, so it was great getting a good understanding of the writing before we began to explore visual ideas.”

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Simply THE BEST: – How to transform the ideas into beautiful imagery.

CARTIER_TR_130925 APPLEPRORES423_01033Today I show you one of the most creative studio in the world from Australia (together PYSOP NY).

Founded in 2010, MIRARI&CO. is refreshing the industry through innovative designs and dynamic animations.Their mission is to discover unique design solutions through multiple, creative approaches, therefore help a brand to build up it’s distinctive personality and bring the brand to live.
They are a group of directors, designers, and animators who are inspired by the world around us. Together with passion, we are able to turn inspirations into great ideas and then transform the ideas into beautiful imagery.

For Example for Cartier the design of the universes are inspired by the motifs of each jewelry, which are Africa, India, Islamic, retro western city and China.

They worked for MTV, HBO, BARCLAYS, CARTIER ecc…

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EROTISM and ART: Moebius and Lars Von Trier

Finally I’ve seen Nymphomaniac” by Lars Von Trier (my favourite director with Bernard Bertolucci) thanks to a danish friend!

But now I don’t want to talk about my opinion regarding the movie: NO. I want to talk about  “ how you can watch this movie”, the mindset how to see over. I just saw the movie and inevitably recalled the work of another genius: Henri Gaston Giraud(1938 – 2012), aka Gir, aka Moebius and his ANGEL CLAW.

ANGEL CLAW is a collaboration06%7E44 between Moebius and Jodorowsky.  This is a similar edition to The Eyes of the Cat, but the work this time exploring sexuality, fetishes and psychology.

In a series of highly erotic and frankly kinky fetishistic illustrations which Moebius had been exorcising from his system, Jodorowski spins the complete tale of Angel Claw, a young woman who undergoes her sexual and spiritual initiation. Already in her name one can sense the impossible marriage of violence and tenderness, of flesh and spirit, of beast and beauty.

Moebius’ genius is for the first time harnessed to the service of unabashed lust and lasciviousness.The few preview pages that were shown looked incredibly lush, if somewhat explicit (one showed a naked woman suspended from the ceiling by hooks through her nipples).

Each Lars Von Trier’s  movie I didn’t see only as provocation. Obviously in this case the argument is hard, but I think this is just the first level of interpretation. I saw always his movie like how his desire to investigate the contradictions of the human being and  where human weaknesses can lead (Dancer in The Dark, Dogville, The Idiots).

If you try to understand his message from this point of view, you can’t see the provocation, because Nymphomaniac is not a porn movie, It’s not a film that wants to excite but  rejects the moral question. Anyway the movie is a work of art that can please or irritate, provoke and move.

At the same time if you think about Moebius’s Work on ANGEL CLAW, why would we have scandalized? There is no reason.

For that I just say you to see the movie without prejudices. In Denmark , 14 year old boys and girls have seen Nymphomaniac quietly! In Italy we know is impossible but you can try!

Then about my remarks above  I have seen a lot of similarities between the work of Moebius and Lars Von Trier.

Now I show you some pictures from this Masterpiece that is ANGEL CLAW. Nowadays this book has become difficult to find. The pictures in this book are very strong and aggressive and I will put what they seem less explicit.

© Moebius- Angel Claw

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Lolarge_Lynch_4_52d7c395bc0d7vers of photography and movie an unforgettable exposition for you! “David Lynch PHOTOGRAPHER , Brooding images of derelict factories”, at the Photographers’ Gallery In London.

Many directors have spent their time as photographers (ex. stanley kubrick). Nevertheless I think the photography  for a filmmaker is the most important art as inspiration. The study of light, perspective, geometry, composition are the soul of the shot.

Throughout Lynch’s career he has sought out and taken black-and-white pictures of empty and derelict industrial sites in Europe and America. Shot in Berlin, Poland, New York, New Jersey, and England from 1980 to 2000, these 80 black-and-white images depict desolate industrial landscapes without a human soul in sight.

“I’ve always been interested in decay. “I love industry. Pipes. I love fluid and smoke. I love man-made things. I like to see people hard at work, and I like to see sludge and man-made waste.” says David Lynch.

Information: The Factory Photographs will be on show at The Photographers’ Gallery from 17 January 2014 until 30 March 2014.

The Photographers’ Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW

+44 (020) 7087 9300

Mon – Sat 10.00 – 18.00, Thu 10.00 – 20.00, Sun 11.30 – 18.00

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© David Lynch, An abandoned factory in Los Angeles in 1980.