From “The Leopard” to “Black Panther,” these films rely on stunning visuals and a well-defined aesthetic to get their point across
What is good design if not drama? (Ideally not comedy—or maybe just barely so.) The aesthetic visions we love, the kind that have us dog-earing magazines and Instagramming and occasionally cribbing ideas for ourselves, say more than we tend to express in words about where we are, what we need, and where we hope to go. In short, they form a narrative. Design is often similarly fundamental to great filmmaking—in the best cases, it amplifies the director’s intent, then runs away with the microphone for its own sake before dropping it. These are some of the best movies that design lovers (and movie lovers) should see.
CGI has made movies less thrilling—today, no one breathlessly wonders, “How’d they do that?” To reclaim that feeling, watch Metropolis, a silent film that managed to set the template for future sci-fi epics, introducing the world to special effects. Its depiction of a lush world of oligarchs served by a society of proles, and rigged by a mad scientist, was jaw-dropping for the time. Its futuristic cityscape and cavernous, Art Deco–inflected interiors still manage to stun, making spoken words seem extraneous.
Star Wars original trilogy (1977, 1980, 1983)
Any film that inspired Apple products belongs on a list of influential design movies. In a 2013 interview, Apple’s design chief, Jony Ive, called Star Wars one of his primary influences and extolled the aesthetics of the Empire’s Stormtroopers: “This idea of having the baddies in bright white shiny armor was fantastic,” he said. (You’ll never look at Apple’s curvy, glistening-white iPod, AirPods, and once-upon-a-time MacBooks and iMacs the same way.) Star Wars has even influenced itself: Reports say the newer films in the series went back to basics, referencing original art designer Ralph McQuarrie’s ’70s-era drawings for their look and feel.
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