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      Richard Sylbert

      Richard Sylbert

      Highest Rated: 100% Fat City (1972)

      Lowest Rated: 15% The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

      Birthday: Apr 16, 1928

      Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

      Formally trained as a painter at Temple University's Tyler School of Art, Richard Sylbert gave up his dreams of becoming a great artist to become instead one of the best American art directors, in the same league as his mentor, the legendary William Cameron Menzies. The Brooklyn native began during TV's 'Golden Age', painting scenery at NBC, and did his first significant feature work for Elia Kazan on films such as "Baby Doll" (1956), "A Face in the Crowd" (1957) and "Splendor in the Grass" (1961). By the time he worked with Sidney Lumet on "The Fugitive Kind" (1960), he was borrowing from music and moving beyond character-based design, using patterns and repetition to tie his films together. Sylbert had met John Frankenheimer when both were working in TV, and the director hired him to design the masterful cold war thriller, "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962). His ingenious decision to move the set as the camera turned produced the brilliant 360-degree pan of the memorable brainwash scene, and its 1988 re-release demonstrated how well the picture as a whole had withstood the test of time.

      Highest rated movies

      Mulholland Falls

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      17% 48% Trapped Production Design $6.9M 2002
      27% 47% Red Corner Production Design $22.4M 1997
      74% 73% My Best Friend's Wedding Production Design $126.8M 1997
      31% 39% Mulholland Falls Coroner (Character),
      Production Design
      $11.5M 1996
      63% 35% Blood and Wine Production Design $1.1M 1996
      No Score Yet 27% Ruby Cairo Production Design $299.8K 1993
      84% 91% Carlito's Way Production Design $36.5M 1993
      15% 26% The Bonfire of the Vanities Production Design - 1990
      63% 48% Breathless Production Design - 1983
      90% 82% Reds Production Design - 1981
      22% 34% The Fortune Production Design - 1975
      68% 56% Shampoo Production Design - 1975
      99% 93% Chinatown Production Design - 1974
      100% 84% Fat City Production Design - 1972
      96% 87% Rosemary's Baby Production Design - 1968
      86% 90% The Graduate Production Design $285.8K 1967
      92% 88% Grand Prix Production Design - 1966
      32% 56% What's New, Pussycat? Producer - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All the Way Home Production Design - 1963
      67% 60% Walk on the Wild Side Production Design - 1962
      97% 90% The Manchurian Candidate Production Design $1.9M 1962
      74% 90% Splendor in the Grass Production Design - 1961
      95% 79% The Connection Production Design - 1961
      53% 63% The Fugitive Kind Art Director - 1960
      83% 83% Patterns Art Director - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King Richard II Production Design,
      Art Director
      - 1954