CINEMA: Half-Baked in Corporate Hell

In The Hudsucker Proxy, the Coen brothers realize a handsome Deco dream but mislay their best satirical theme

So far, it's been a great year for Art Deco. The hype for Barbra Streisand's auction of her extensive Deco collection has been almost as impressive as the objects themselves. And now the Coen brothers, Ethan and Joel, have made a movie in which the massive moderne settings by production designer Dennis Gassner and the glowing light cast on them by cinematographer Roger Deakins make you wonder how a decorative style at once so sleek and warm could ever have fallen out of favor.

But therein lies the trouble with The Hudsucker Proxy, which is the handsomest American movie in years....

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