Mark Friedberg and the Architecture of The Ice Storm

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Jul 25, 2013

The look of the dazzlingly evocative The Ice Storm is in large part the work of production designer extraordinaire Mark Friedberg (Far from Heaven, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou). In an illustrated audio interview on release of Ang Lee’s chilly tale of suburban dysfunction, Friedberg goes into fascinating detail about the decisions that went into the film’s meticulous design, from the interiors of the homes to how they achieved all that ice (hint: there was a lot of hair gel on set). In this clip, Friedberg focuses on the architecture, specifically how the film’s three homes were “cast” and what the style and architectural era of each of them say about the family who lives in it.