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Richard Sylbert

Highest Rated: 100% Grand Prix (1966)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Fortune (1975)

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

Filmography

Movies

Credit
17% 48% Trapped Production Designer $6.9M 2002
73% 73% My Best Friend's Wedding Production Design $126.8M 1997
30% 48% Red Corner Production Designer $22.4M 1997
61% 35% Blood and Wine Production Design $1.1M 1996
31% 39% Mulholland Falls Coroner (Character),
Production Design
$11.5M 1996
No Score Yet 25% Ruby Cairo Production Design $299.8K 1993
81% 91% Carlito's Way Production Design $36.5M 1993
89% 82% Reds Production Design - 1981
17% 35% The Fortune Production Design - 1975
62% 52% Shampoo Production Design - 1975
99% 93% Chinatown Production Design - 1974
100% 85% Fat City Production Design - 1972
96% 87% Rosemary's Baby Production Designer - 1968
87% 90% The Graduate Production Designer $285.8K 1967
100% 88% Grand Prix Production Design - 1966
29% 56% What's New, Pussycat? Producer - 1965
60% 58% Walk on the Wild Side Production Design - 1962
97% 90% The Manchurian Candidate Production Design $1.9M 1962
82% 90% Splendor in the Grass Production Design - 1961
95% 81% The Connection Production Design - 1961
83% 84% Patterns Art Director - 1956

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