Movies Within Which I’d Like to Live | Polanski’s The Ghost Writer (2010)

I want to live in some movies. Like The Ghost Writer. Not to insert myself into the drama, but to enjoy the sets. I suspect Polanski’s been working with the same set designers he worked with on The Ninth Gate. Not being able to work in the U.S. as a result of being “an evil, profligate dwarf” has inspired him to get resourceful and create evocative environments. I think he did this even earlier in Bitter Moon and Death and the Maiden, so maybe it’s just an aesthetic choice and has nothing to do with not being able to film in the States. I also suspect Kubrick was influenced by him in this respect, because the sets in Eyes Wide Shut look like they could have been created by the team that works for Polanski. I could be totally off base, but it seems like the same mind is at work creating the sets for all these movies.

There are many captures below of Adam Lang’s beach house. It’s a real house in Martha’s Vineyard, and the incredible interior is the work of Walter Knoll. However, it’s not just the beach house that is visually sumptuous, but practically every scene in the movie.

Sleek glass elevator with snazzy controls at the Rinehart building.

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The Ghost’s lving room. He must have a name, but I don’t recall it.

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Airport bar.

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The movie set of The Ghost Writer (released as The Ghost in the United Kingdom) is a stunning beach house in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts with sleek Walter Knoll interior in a deep muted color palette, but as this was just a set, this dream house remains just a dream; in fact, the movie was not even filmed in America due to the fact that the notorious cult director Roman Polanski was not allowed to enter the country. The political thriller stars Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall and Olivia Williams, but the star of the movie for us was the fictional Prime Minister’s estate. For exterior location shots of the imposing modernist building, a façade was built at Usedom, Germany, and the plush interior shots were done on sets constructed at Babelsberg. Source:


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Bed-and-breakfast shots:

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Lang’s beach house again:

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2010 was a good year for Wallach. He landed two decent roles in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street sequel and here. He was 95 at the time.

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Lang’s beach house again. The bath steam acts as a curtain for that window. Still, I’d have pull-down shades installed.

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Wooden bathtub:

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Living room of beach house. Raining outside:

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I’d love to take a shower in there. But not with him:

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The next two captures remind me of the amazing ocean footage Polanski achieved in Bitter Moon (which couldn’t have be real):

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Paul Emmet’s cozy country house:

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Ferry parking lot with a lonely motel in the background:

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This would be a nice street to die on:

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2 responses to “Movies Within Which I’d Like to Live | Polanski’s The Ghost Writer (2010)

  1. Pingback: Review of the movie The Ghost Writer, starring Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor | soulhunterblog

  2. Susan Suhargo June 3, 2015 at 5:10 am

    my thoughts exactly when I watched that movie! what a house (and wooden bath tub)!

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