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Why architecture should have won a best supporting role in ‘Parasite’ – Fast Company

The Academy Award-winning movie masterfully uses design to reveal the intricacies of class and inequality.

[Still: courtesy Neon and CJ Entertainment]
[Still: courtesy Neon and CJ Entertainment]

Sunday night, at the 92nd Academy Awards, South Korean smash hit Parasite took home four golden trophies. The movie’s best-picture win made it the first non-English-language film to do so in Oscars history—the cherry on top of the industry’s recognition for best original screenplay, best foreign-language film, and best director too. Bong Joon-ho, the film’s director, is known throughout Hollywood for his razor-sharp cinematic eye and humorously dark imagination, but his lesser-known skillset as a cartoonist who storyboards each scene of his movies may explain why the film nabbed nominations for best film editing and production design as well. In Parasite, architecture is used for its aesthetic value and also for its power as a storytelling device, making this film an extraordinary study in how our built environments create narratives that are both within our control and outside of it.

[Still: courtesy Neon and CJ Entertainment]
[Still: courtesy Neon and CJ Entertainment]
Like Bong, other directors use design and architecture to create worlds specific to their oeuvres. Wes Anderson’s films are famous for their Pantone-perfect color palettes and architecture-heavy sets; the director’s eye for kitschy, vintage, striking yet eerily anonymous buildings create a world that is immediately recognizable as his own. And design elements such as the hexagonal carpet of the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining show a similar interest in using visual cues to reinforce the story. In the case of Parasite, Bong has continued in this filmmaker-architect tradition—in what may be the absolute best example of it to date—with an added element of psychology built into his sets. If Anderson’s films are color, Bong’s are color theory.

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