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'The Knick's' production design is vintage, but not nostalgic
'The Knick's' production design is vintage, but not nostalgic

For a series like "The Knick," set in the brutal world of early 20th century New York City, there's a danger in making the past look too seductive — "Downton Abbey" this is not. In keeping with director Steven Soderbergh's decidedly unromantic, modern spin on the era, costume designer Ellen Mirojnick and production designer Howard Cummings aimed for authenticity without being overly literal or nostalgic. "It was a particularly harsh time," Cummings said, "so we needed to be gritty, and we couldn't be precious, and that was very freeing." During pre-production, Mirojnick and Cummings — who last worked together on the...

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