The legendary production/costume designer of BLUE VELVET, TWIN PEAKS and many other classics has passed away.
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Production and costume designer Patricia Norris has passed away at the age of eighty-three. She collaborated with some of the finest filmmakers of her era, conjuring nightmares, nostalgia, wistfulness and laughs throughout a brilliantly versatile forty-six-year career. Just look at the range of directors she worked with: Howard Hawks, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Michael Ritchie, Mel Brooks, Brian De Palma, Blake Edwards, Peter Hyams, Herbert Ross, Wim Wenders, James Gray, Andrew Dominick, Steve McQueen… that's an insanely wide variety of sensibilities.
But it is her collaboration with David Lynch as both production and costume designer that is the most distinct. In a 1990 interview with the Seattle Times, she perfectly and succinctly summed up her simpatico relationship with Lynch thusly: "We don't have to talk a lot. We sorta have the same definition of ugly." She has discussed in the past how her mind is "odd" like Lynch's, but as Lynch is notoriously averse to discussing his creative process, we don't have a definitive discussion with the two on why their minds meshed so wondrously. We do have a visual record, though, which is perhaps the most appropriate manner in which to honor the many different styles Ms. Norris mastered. The below just scratches the surface of her genius.
Smile (d. Michael Richie)The Candidate (d. Michael Ritchie)Days of Heaven (d. Terrence Malick)Silent Movie (d. Mel Brooks)The Missouri Breaks (d. Arthur Penn)The Elephant Man (d. David Lynch)The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (d. Gilbert Moses)The Sunshine Boys (d. Herbert Ross)Capricorn One (d. Peter Hyams)Scarface
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