Hosted by culture writer and critic Nathalie Atkinson, this ongoing series considers the crucial contributions of below-the-line craft in both popular favorites and forgotten gems from across the decades, genres and eras. With expert introductions and special guest Q&As, the Revue explores the talents whose names may be less familiar but whose work in production design, art direction, costume and set decoration is intrinsic to the look and world of their films. As longtime Alfred Hitchcock collaborator Robert Boyle defined it, production design is the physical environment in which the action and the meaning of a film takes place, interpreting the psychology and emotion of a screenplay and relaying that in visual form. So too the integral, at times misunderstood, role that costume plays in storytelling and bringing characters to life.

The screenings are an invitation to reconsider films from a new or different angle, the invisible work made visible.


Nathalie Atkinson is a Toronto freelance culture journalist and film critic and a columnist for The Globe and Mail, where she is also a frequent contributor to Life & Arts. She writes regularly for magazines such as Noir City, The Kit, Canadian Notes & Queries, New York, and Zoomer, and is a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association. Nathalie has worked as both a film and fashion critic for more than a decade and was previously the award-winning editor and columnist of National Post’s Style & Design section. With a special interest in material culture and object-driven social history, her work often explores fashion and design at the intersection of culture and commerce.


Dissecting the design in Elizabeth Taylor’s camp classic Boom! – NOW Magazine, Feb 5, 2019.


gold diggers of 1933 poster
March 23, 2019

Designing The Movies presents Gold Diggers of 1933 on 35mm!

A Free Soul Poster
March 28, 2019

“Gowns by Adrian.”

the public enemy poster
March 31, 2019

This March, Designing the Movies explores the pre-Code era of Hollywood filmmaking. On March 31, we present THE PUBLIC ENEMY, the movie that cemented America's love affair with gangsters.


Explores the confrontation between the woman who has everything, including emptiness, and a penniless poet…

In what is becoming an annual tradition at the Revue, feel better about the post-holiday blahs by watching the only thing more desolate than wintry January in Toronto: Withnail & I

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