Thursday, September 18, 2014
I love movies, and I love interior design, and when the two meet to make movie magic, well, all the better. That's the case with Last Weekend, a new film that was written and co-directed by Tom Dolby. Starring Patricia Clarkson, the movie chronicles the last weekend spent by a wealthy San Francisco family at their beloved Lake Tahoe home.
What makes this movie especially appropriate for my blog is the film's ever-present Lake Tahoe summer house, which not only plays a major role in Last Weekend, but in the lives of Dolby and his family as well. The house, which was built in 1929, has belonged to the Dolby family since the late 1970s. Tom's parents have lovingly maintained the house, retaining all of the original (and wonderful) architectural details and decorating it in a style that is both rustically quirky and immensely comfortable. And of special importance to those of us who are fans of classic film, the house also happened to be the setting of 1951's A Place in the Sun, which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. Talk about a house that was made for the movies.
In a recent interview, Dolby said, "The house provided the greatest inspiration of all for this film. She is the grand old lady that anchors the family and provides them with a sanctuary." I think the film's characters- and Dolby's family in real life- are lucky to call this grand old lady home.
*Last Weekend is available in selected theaters, video-on-demand, and iTunes.