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"The Furniture,"byDaniel Walber,is our weekly series on Production Design.You can click on the images to see them in magnified detail.

Beatriz at Dinneris a film of climaxes,moments of outrage that burst through the veneer of respectability cultivated by the rich and amoral.Beatriz (Salma Hayek),overwhelmed with disgust at a picture of Doug (John Lithgow) and the body of a recently-murdered rhinoceros,throws his phone at him and storms out.Laughing at her principles,he looks at his hosts and asks,"Does she get out much?"

This,of course,is a central irony of Miguel Arteta and Mike White's tightly-wound send-up of American wealth.Doug is the CEO of Rife Worldwide,an internationally-reviled real estate firm.He's a Trumpian nightmare of toxic masculinity and unbridled capitalism,breaking laws and displacing communities as a best business practice.And so when he asks this question,we are reminded that his life is spent constructing hideous monuments to tackiness that replicate a precise vision of high-end living no matter the context...


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