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Birth Place: Australia Profession: production designer, costume designer, set decorator

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Born in Australia and professionally based in the United Kingdom, designer Luciana Arrighi has created beautiful and evocative film landscapes, working frequently with director Gillian Armstrong and the Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team. An art director with stage and opera credits as well as her noted work on the silver screen, Arrighi got her start with the BBC, counting the BBC TV series "Omnibus" (which first teamed her with director Ken Russell on biopics of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Isadora Duncan, among her more memorable work efforts as a set designer. Not long after, Russell offered Arrighi her feature film debut, as set designer of the director's acclaimed 1970 feature "Women in Love". Twenty years later she reteamed with Russell as production designer for "The Rainbow" (1989), another D.H. Lawrence adaptation.

Born in Australia and professionally based in the United Kingdom, designer Luciana Arrighi has created beautiful and evocative film landscapes, working frequently with director Gillian Armstrong and the Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team. An art director with stage and opera credits as well as her noted work on the silver screen, Arrighi got her start with the BBC, counting the BBC TV series "Omnibus" (which first teamed her with director Ken Russell on biopics of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Isadora Duncan, among her more memorable work efforts as a set designer. Not long after, Russell offered Arrighi her feature film debut, as set designer of the director's acclaimed 1970 feature "Women in Love". Twenty years later she reteamed with Russell as production designer for "The Rainbow" (1989), another D.H. Lawrence adaptation.

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Born in Australia and raised there and in various international locales, including the French Riviera and the Far East
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Worked as an assistant to a theater designer in Australia
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Studied painting in Italy
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Moved to England and worked odd design-related jobs
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Began her career as a set designer for the BBC; first worked with director Ken Russell on TV biopics for "Omnibus", including profiles of Isadora Duncan and Dante Gabriel Rosetti
1969:
Was the set designer of Russell's "Women in Love"
1971:
Did set decoration for John Schlesinger's drama "Sunday, Bloody Sunday"
1978:
Was production designer of Gillian Armstrong's acclaimed feature "My Brilliant Career"
1982:
Reteamed with Armstrong, designing costumes for "Starstruck"
1982:
Served as costume designer as well as production designer on Michael Blakemore's musical satire "Privates on Parade"
1982:
Was production designer of "The Return of the Soldier"
1983:
Worked as production designer and costume designer for Richard Eyre's "The Ploughman's Lunch"
1984:
Paired again with Armstrong, as production designer and uncredited costume designer for "Mrs. Soffel"
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Worked extensively as a production designer for operas in Australia, Europe and the USA
1988:
Reteamed with Schlesinger, serving as production designer on "Madame Sousatzka"
1989:
Did first feature with Russell in twenty years, working as production designer and costuming the characters in "The Rainbow"
1991:
Was production designer of "Close My Eyes"; originally aired on British TV and released theatrically in the USA
1992:
Won an Oscar for her production design contributions to the Merchant-Ivory feature "Howards End"
1993:
Again collaborated with John Schlesinger, serving as production designer for his World War II-era drama "The Innocent"
1993:
Reteamed with Merchant-Ivory as production designer for "The Remains of the Day"; received an Academy Award nomination
1994:
Was production designer for the Italy-set romance "Only You"
1995:
Teamed with director Ang Lee as production designer of the Jane Austen adaptation "Sense and Sensibility"
1996:
Worked as production designer on Merchant-Ivory's "Surviving Picasso"
1997:
Created the award-winning production design of Gillian Armstrong's "Oscar and Lucinda"
1997:
Was production designer for the 1913-set Joseph Conrad adaptation "Victory"
1999:
Worked with Michael Hoffman as production designer of the fantastical feature adaptation "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1999:
Was production designer of the remake "Jakob the Liar", set in Nazi-occupied Poland
1999:
Earned acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for her lush designs for the epic "Anna and the King"
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Worked with film director John Schlesinger on the opera "La Scala" in Milan
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Notes

Luciana Arrighi on "Oscar and Lucinda": "We did not want to create a well-behaved sepia picture, but something that has got great guts to it. 'Oscar and Lucinda' is about passion. We tried to influence and interpret the developing feelings between the characters by using color and design. We also wanted to appeal to the modern eye with a visual power and vigor and freshness." --quoted in the film's press kit, 1997

Arrighi on the best parts of her job: "I love the pre-production and the research. I love getting a new script and attacking a new subject, and I love travelling and exploring a country I know nothing about. For instance in Thailand [for "Anna and the King"], we were up near the Burma border, a place I never would have visited." -- quoted in Los Angeles Times, November 7, 1999

Arrighi on the way that others in her production team helped bring her design plans for "Anna and the King": "Thai sculptors and painters have an artistic sensibility that I have never seen before. They are able to create design accurately and uniquely in such a casual and quick way. It was amazing to watch them work." --quoted in the film's press kit, 1999

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