Architecture in Film – North by Northwest

Let’s explore the architecture of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic: North by Northwest.

North by North West Architecture

What is interesting about the buildings in the film, is that in this era, large establishing shots were painted and placed directly among the live action shots. That gave filmmakers the freedom to frame shots from interesting angles, which in turn actually put a spotlight on the streamlined vectors of mid-century design.

The buildings contain design that is not necessarily holistic, but often stylistic. Structures and supports that are built in an eye-catching way over a straightforward way. All of these design decisions subtly complement the cat and mouse storyline of North by Northwest.


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