Cinematography – Ratched

Cinematography – Ratched

Giordana Bonanno · 2 months ago · Photography

Ratched is the ruthless nurse who once again made people talk about herself in the Netflix series directed by genius Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Carol, 12 years slave).

The story is inspired by the iconic and unforgettable character of the nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest from 1976 created by Evan Romansky, this time played by the actress Sarah Paulson (in the exceptional cast also Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon, Finn Wittrock…). 

Nurse Mildred Ratched arrives in California to join the team of nurses working in a psychiatric center run by the visionary Dr. Richard Hanover, where very bloody experimental practices are implemented to cure the human mind. Mildred looks perfect, but as she enters more and more into the facility’s health care system, the real reason she went to work there comes to light.

Unlike the events told by Romansky, the adaptation of Ryan Murphy’s story takes place during the 1940s (and not the 1960s) in California, between Santa Monica and Monterey, exactly in the prestigious and fictitious Lucia State Hospital where much of the film takes place. Although Lucia is a real California city, Lucia State Hospital is not a real psychiatric facility, so the King Gillette Ranch Villa in Calabasas was chosen as the royal counterpart to the hospital. Built for razor magnate King C. Gillette in 1928, the building was designed by California Golden Age architect Wallace Neff.

The creators of the series have wonderfully recreated the aesthetic of the 1940s, including the pop-pastel colors. Judy Becker, the production designer for Ratched, talked about the set: “Ryan wanted it to look like a luxury hotel converted into a hospital, but still retained much of its charm.”

It has been defined as a horror drama with a pressing rhythm, a well-known story that has however created suspense and anxiety thanks to the perfect integration of psychedelic lights and strident violins that accompany the characters’ actions in the background. Despite the premise, the aesthetic perfection and attention to detail have made some scenes very empty, dead moments, like careful contour photographs (which however are not bad).

In this regard I have resurfaced the images of the photographer Tania Franco Klein, that in certain aspects seem to belong to the same film set: it is perhaps her architectural studies that have influenced her style and the way of perceiving the environment perfectly integrated with the subjects of the scene, “my characters are almost anonymous, they blend with the places, they vanish into them, constantly looking for a chance to escape”. And to finish, the light and colors selected give to her shots a melancholy veil of Hollywood movie melancholy.

Did you know: Murphy uses color in costumes and sets to represent themes: yellow / deception, blue / neutral, red / evil, white / purity, green / honesty. Sometimes the costumes change slightly in color as one theme moves on to another.

Genre: Drama, horror
Director: Ryan Murphy
Director of photography: Nelson Cragg
Writers: Ryan Murphy, Evan Romansky
Stars: Sarah Paulson, Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon, Finn Wittrock

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“Oasis”, Wright’s Arizona project ever made

“Oasis”, Wright’s Arizona project ever made

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 day ago · Design

The greatest work of Frank Lloyd Wright? Simple, the one that was never realized.

The foundation of the great architect, one of the most influential of the 20th century, collaborated with Spanish architect and digital artist David Romero to transform archival drawings into renderings.

Together they gave new life to a splendid project, a tribute by the architect to his adopted state, Arizona.
It was April 1957 and the entire city of Phoenix was involved in a battle over the future design of the State Capitol. At the center of the dispute was Wright himself, whose unsolicited proposal had caused great controversy. Unfortunately, however, his visionary designs never saw the light of day.

For the southwestern state of the United States of America, Frank Lloyd Wright had designed “Oasis”, a structure characterized by a monumental canopy of copper-plated pylons, with openings permeable to sunlight, fountains and trees.

Officials at the time, however, found the project too expensive and unsuitable for the American state, and some went even further, mocking the American architect’s design.

A project that has not seen the light, but today thanks to David Romero’s photography and renderings we can admire it in all its beauty.


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The small cabins of Holon Arkitektur one step from fjords

The small cabins of Holon Arkitektur one step from fjords

Emanuele D'Angelo · 2 days ago · Design

In the municipality of Sveio, a Norwegian peninsula nestled between small bays and fjords, the studio Holon arkitektur has completed its latest project.
The architects have created “Flokehyttene cabins”, a beautiful complex of 5 triangular-shaped cabins, able to withstand the weather conditions of the region.

“Triangle is the strongest construction form we know, both as a reticular truss and as a spatial reticular truss. The shape itself is stable, unlike the square that moves parallel under load”.

These triangular cabins, both in plan and profile, were commissioned by the Haugesund Tourism Association.
According to the requests, the small structures were not to be normal buildings, but cabins sewn into the landscape, in harmony with the mystical magic of the place. They offer the greatest possible flexibility, just as required.

Flokehyttene cabins” are a perfect place to relax just a stone’s throw from the beautiful fjords that border the Norwegian municipality. Each cabin has a kitchen, living room with fireplace, bathroom, bedroom and a large window overlooking the coast.
A unique place to spend your next holiday, as soon as possible.

Here are the pictures of the wonderful project by Holon Arkitektur.

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“Nap Am Homestay”, the hotel that looks like a lantern

“Nap Am Homestay”, the hotel that looks like a lantern

Emanuele D'Angelo · 6 days ago · Design

Mark this name “Nap Am Homestay”, a hotel-like few, we are sure that just by looking at a picture of him you will fall madly in love.
It is located in the city of Đà Lạt, the capital of Lâm Đồng, a province of the Central Highlands in South Vietnam.

The Vietnamese studio “Le House” took care of its renovation and had the brilliant idea to cover the exterior with a layer of perforated steel that at night turns the building into a shining lantern.

The architects have specifically created this CNC perforated steel layer, a material that can withstand the unstable weather in the region, where heavy downpours often occur.

In addition, the outer wall that gently wraps around the entire facade is perforated with unique design patterns to create a beautiful optical effect that makes the structure shine.

For the rest, the hotel is located on a high slope and hidden deep inside a narrow alleyway of the city. It covers an area of 790 square meters and includes nine rooms with very sophisticated wooden interiors.

“Nap Am Homestay”, another dream place, to add to your list, where to spend your vacations, here are all the photos, judge for yourself.


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Kengo Kuma’s museum inspired by Miyazaki’s film

Kengo Kuma’s museum inspired by Miyazaki’s film

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 week ago · Art, Design, Design

For his latest project Kengo Kuma was inspired by Kiki’s Delivery Service, a 1989 Japanese animated film written by Hayao Miyazaki.

The famous Japanese architect unveiled the first images of the museum Eiko Kadono. It will rise in the city of Tokyo, a white flower-shaped building with a strawberry-colored interior.

To visit the museum, however, we still have to wait, the opening is scheduled for July 2023 in honor of Eiko Kadono, who wrote “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, the original novel on which the homonymous film by Studio Ghibli.

“I want visitors to make memories here. Memories can give us energy as we live our lives,” said Kadono.

In addition, the architects have tried to recreate the city Koriko, where Kiki, the protagonist of the film, after starting her novitiate year begins her delivery activity on her flying broom.

A magical place where to relive all the art of Eiko Kadono and not only, next to the impressive museum will be renovated and redeveloped the park in front.

While waiting for its opening, we leave you the first images below!

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