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'Blade Runner 2049' production designer finds the beauty in the bleak

'Blade Runner 2049' production designer finds the beauty in the bleak

Oscar-winning production designer Dennis Gassner is the veteran of nearly 30 films by many of the most respected directors in the world — the Coen brothers, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Weir, Sam Mendes and Stephen Frears among them. Four decades into a film career, Gassner has a virtually unrivaled longevity and quality of work.

He’s been nominated for an Oscar five times, winning once. And now with his much-heralded work on the expansive “Blade Runner 2049,” that tally is bound to grow. Consider that Times film critic Kenneth Turan cited the work of Gassner and cinematographer Roger Deakins in his review, noting, “This film puts you firmly, brilliantly, unassailably in another...

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