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Immersed in Movies: Exclusive Design Video on Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker'

Photo of Bill Desowitz By Bill Desowitz | Thompson on Hollywood February 28, 2013 at 3:34PM

With "Stoker," acclaimed Korean director Park Chan-Wook ("Oldboy") riffs on Alfred Hitchcock in his own artsy and oppressive way. It's a chilly reworking of "Shadow of a Doubt," (with nods to "Psycho" and "The Birds" along the way), that eventually takes a turn into Brian De Palma territory.
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Stoker

With "Stoker," acclaimed Korean director Park Chan-Wook ("Oldboy") riffs on Alfred Hitchcock in his own artsy and oppressive way. It's a chilly reworking of "Shadow of a Doubt" (with nods to "Psycho" and "The Birds" along the way), that eventually takes a turn into Brian De Palma territory. Only here Matthew Goode's mysterious Uncle Charlie creeps up on his passive niece, India (Mia Wasikowska), out of nowhere before they realize how much they're kindred spirits in this bizarre coming of age story that co-stars Nicole Kidman as India's frigid mother.

As production designer Thérèse DePrez ("Black Swan") points out in the exclusive featurette below, "Stoker" is hyper-stylized even beyond what we expect from Chan-Wook. It mostly takes place in an austere yet timeless-looking 1920s mansion. With its diorama concept and icy green shadings, the house is as much a trap as the gothic Bates house.



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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.