Patrizia Von Brandenstein

Production designer, Art director, Costume designer
A notable production designer of the 1980s and 90s, von Brandenstein has shown versatility in creating sets for both lavish historical films and glossy contemporary fare. She was born in Arizona to Russian emigrant ... Read more »
Born: in Arizona, USA

Filmography

Art Department (51)

Houdini 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Production Designer

The Best of Me 2014 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Words and Pictures 2014 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Phil Spector 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Production Designer

Albert Nobbs 2011 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Kill the Irishman 2011 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Limitless 2011 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Last Station 2009 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Deception 2008 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Nights in Rodanthe 2008 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Goya's Ghosts 2007 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

All The King's Men 2006 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Ice Harvest 2005 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

It Runs in the Family 2003 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Emperor's Club 2002 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Production Designer

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

A Simple Plan 1998 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Mercury Rising 1998 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The People vs. Larry Flynt 1996 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Just Cause 1995 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Quick and the Dead 1995 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Six Degrees of Separation 1993 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Leap of Faith 1992 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Sneakers 1992 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Billy Bathgate 1991 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Postcards From the Edge 1990 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

State of Grace 1990 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Lemon Sisters 1990 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Betrayed 1988 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Working Girl 1988 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

No Mercy 1986 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Money Pit 1986 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

A Chorus Line 1985 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Amadeus 1984 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Beat Street 1984 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Silkwood 1983 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Touched 1983 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Ragtime 1981 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Tell Me a Riddle 1980 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Breaking Away 1979 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Heartland 1979 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Girlfriends 1978 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

The Candidate 1972 (Movie)

(Set Decorator)

Hardhat and Legs (TV Show)

Art Director

My Old Man (TV Show)

Production Designer

Plainsong (TV Show)

Production Designer

Summer of My German Soldier (TV Show)

Production Designer

The Last Tenant (TV Show)

Art Director

Witness Protection (TV Show)

Production Designer
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (2)

A Little Sex 1980 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Between the Lines 1977 (Movie)

(Costumes)
Other (3)

The Untouchables 1987 (Movie)

visual consultant (Consultant)

King of the Gypsies 1978 (Movie)

(Research)

A Tale of Cinderella (TV Show)

Consultant

Biography

A notable production designer of the 1980s and 90s, von Brandenstein has shown versatility in creating sets for both lavish historical films and glossy contemporary fare. She was born in Arizona to Russian emigrant parents. Her education abroad climaxed with two years as an apprentice at the famed Comedie Francaise. Returning to the USA, von Brandenstein threw herself into the flourishing off-Broadway scene of 60s New York at the Actors Studio and LaMaMa as a seamstress, prop maker and scene painter. 1966 saw the real start of her career in design with an eight-year stay creating costumes and sets at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco under William Ball. She also met future husband and fellow production designer Stuart Wurtzel.

Relationships

Kimberly Wurtzel

Daughter

Stuart Wurtzel

Husband
second husband

EDUCATION

University of Alaska

Anchorage , Alaska

Comedie Francaise

Paris
two years as apprentice

attended boarding school in Germany

HB Studio

New York , New York

Lester Polakov's Studio

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Catholic University of America

Washington , Washington D.C.

Milestones

1987

Served as visual consultant on the Brian DePalma film, "The Untouchables"

1983

First collaboration with director Mike Nichols, "Silkwood"

1981

Received first Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction/Set Direction for the Milos Forman film, "Ragtime"

1980

First film credit as production designer, "Heartland"

1980

Last major TV credit, doing the art direction on "Hardhat and Legs"

1978

First TV-movie, "The Last Tenant", credited as art director

1978

First TV-movie credit as production designer, "Summer of My German Soldier"

1977

Had several feature credits as costume designer, "Saturday Night Fever" and "Between the Lines"

1977

Early feature film credit as art director, "Girlfriends"

1975

Worked with husband Stuart Wurtzel doing art direction on a film, "Hester Street"

1972

Switched from theater to film; early feature credit, as set decorator on "The Candidate"

1966

Eight-year stay with William Ball's American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco designing sets and costumes

Worked her way up from scenic artist to costume designer and later art director

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