Ah, the early 60s. An era epitomised by battles of the sexes, great outfits and stunning interiors. All of which are at the forefront of ‘Down With Love’, the 2003 homage to (and pastiche of) the gentle Doris Day/Rock Hudson sex comedies.
Proto-feminist author Barbara Novak (Renee Zellweger) arrives in big old New York with her new book – a self-help handbook for modern women – and lots of hats. Pit her against rival playboy journo Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor) and sparks of animosity (aka sub-textual passion) fly. There are quips, double entendres and a jaunty soundtrack aplenty but the tone is really set by the eye catching sets (thank you Production Designer Andrew Laws, Art Director Martin Whist and Set Decorion Don Diers)
Barbara’s publisher rewards her soaraway success by giving her a penthouse. (Those were the days…). Shag pile, fire pit, spiral staircase, sugar pink scheme, every single girl should have one…Read more →