From Poirot to Bioshock

Art Deco in the age of mediatization

Authored by: Bridget Elliott

The Routledge Companion to Art Deco

Print publication date:  June  2019
Online publication date:  June  2019

Print ISBN: 9781472485144
eBook ISBN: 9780429032165
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Art Deco is constantly being reinvented and retains a visible presence in twenty-first-century media such as television and video-gaming. Actor David Suchet, who played the Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, takes up this point, stressing how much time and money went into creating the Art Deco signature look of the much-loved British television series.

I discovered that London Weekend Television, who financed that first series [of Poirot] for Brian Eastman, spent almost £5 million on the filming of those first ten stories, an average of half a million pounds per episode, a fortune in 1988. […] The spectacular sets, clothes, props and locations underlined the authenticity that everyone wanted to bring to every frame. The audience truly felt they were being transported to 1935, 1936 or 1937. 1

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