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Dick Tracy - Production Design
In a design tour de force, the film literally transfers the comics medium to the big screen on an unprecedented scale.
Sheldon Teitelbaum

Finding a real-world setting for DICK TRACY would have been difficult, but producer/director/star Warren Beatty and production designer Richard Syl-bert ultimately decided to head in the opposite direction: extreme stylization was the key to realizing Tracy's world.

"You can"t take a man with a yellow raincoat being chased by a man witha flat top and a prune face and set them in Chicago,"explained Sylbert. "It"sa joke." Infact, Sylbert, Beatty, costume designer Milena Canoneroand cinematographer Vittorio Sto-raro travelled to Chicago early ‘on to scout locations. Sylbert said they found marvelous places to shoot the movie. "And it would have been stunning. But it wouldn"t have been DICK TRACY."

Instead Beatty and Sylbert decided to shoot the movie entirely on the backlot of Universal to create a colorfully stylized comic book look ona grand scale. In keeping with their pursuit of generic simplicity, they decided to restrict themselves—to the extent possible—to a limited palette of comic book colors; notably orange, blue, green, red, plum, fuchsia, cyan, and, of course, black and white.



Source type Magazine
Volume 21.1
Language en
Document type Feature
Media type text
Page count 1
Pages p. 39


Id 6647
Availability Free
Inserted 2022-01-25