October 11, 2019

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Jose Fresan

CATEGORY

Mark Friedberg Turns New York City into a Realist Gotham in Tod Philipps’ “Joker”

Joker is the movie everyone’s talking about, everyone has a strong opinion on it, either you hate or you love it. But there’s some undeniable truth about it: it’s beautifully shot, amazingly acted and greatly designed. Production Design legend, Mark Friedberg (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, If Beale Street …

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Joker is the movie everyone’s talking about, everyone has a strong opinion on it, either you hate or you love it. But there’s some undeniable truth about it: it’s beautifully shot, amazingly acted and greatly designed.

Production Design legend, Mark Friedberg (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, If Beale Street Could Talk, and many many other great movies) took the job of creating a new version of Gotham for Tod Philipps’ take on the infamous character of the Joker. For it Mark used New York’s character to create a grittier Gotham that we’ve ever seen before. In this interpretation of the city, New York’s dark 70’s where emulated and highlighted.

The city works as the main character’s oppressor. The city itself is a living character that seems to have a grudge against Arthur. The different locations around New York City where dressed to create a dark realist background for the story, and it ends up looking early close to reality.

The magic of Mark Friedberg’s work in Joker, is that he created a city that responds to the characters emotions and delusional fantasies. This was able to create a mutual relationship between the main character and the setting. Despite being a realistic take on Gotham, this version of it is also very influenced by the Joker’s madness which blurs the line of what’s real and what isn’t.

Mark Friedberg created a version of Gotham that it’s gritty and dark, but it also feels eerily close to reality. After leaving the theater I couldn’t help but pay more attention of the darkness and grittiness of New York, which is part of its charm but it also talks about some of the challenges that our city is desperately facing.

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