At the Philadelphia Flower Show, there are always long, patient, lines waiting to see the Miniature Settings classes. These are staged at eye-level, in rectangular boxes behind glass with a scale of 1” to 1’. Finding ‘plants’ for these is a case of surgical precision, using plants whose parts might match the scale involved. At last 8 different plants must be used. This year’s theme was ZOOM IN: FANTASTY and ZOOM IN: DRAMA. I loved that I knew so many of the movies and could recognize the scene depicted. I bet you can too!!
This setting in “An Affair to Remember” is the Amalfi-coast home of Cary Grant’s grandmother, (played by the aged but still lovely Kathleen Nesbitt). Brightly colored florets of Kalanchoe stand in for floriferous Mediterranean plants.
“Enchanted April”, a wonderful film, turned up twice at the show, in the Tablescape class, and here, in the settings, where it highlighted an al fresco moment again on the Amalfi coast where the incredible cast (including Joan Plowright, Miranda Richardson, Michael Kitchen) tell stories.
Hands Down one of the very best miniature settings I have ever seen was the first place winner, “Rear Window”. I couldn’t stay away from this. Of course it helped that early in the morning, I didn’t have to stand in line to see it.
‘Miss Torso is the ‘hospitable’ dancer entertaining lots of men. Her apartment sits above the sculptor’s studio, and the newlywed’s rooms, curtains always closed, is on the left in the adjacent building. Look at the exquisite scale of Miss Torso’s potted plants!
The studio of the composer whose song saves Miss Lonely Hearts life! Watch the movie again. Grace Kelly, Jimmy Stewart, Thelma Ritter, Wendell Corey and Raymond Burr as Thorwald. The star is the set, like this miniature, the story is right there. It’s Hitchcock at his best!!