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Tour the set: American Hustle

Production designer Judy Becker revamps 1970s style on the set of the Oscar nominated film, American Hustle.

interior-a-hustle-condo.jpg Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures; Photo by Alex Linde

4 Sydney Prosser’s white living room
In the film, Sydney fronts as an urban, sexually liberated Cosmo woman, the type of disco-era It Girl who dances at Studio 54 at night. So it stands to reason that this con artist also has the swishest, glossiest apartment in the film. Grasscloth wallcoverings, light-wood parquet floors, a thick white rug with white sofa and chairs lend her uptown Manhattan home a sophisticated, clean air that looks surprisingly modern compared to the purposefully baroque sets in the rest of American Hustle. For authentic inspiration, Judy and the production design team consulted archival issues of Interior Design magazine, which was published in the late 1970s.

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