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“Our designs were definitely influenced by affluence.”

Multimillion dollar homes in new movie
Chicago Times
May 28, 2004
BY BILL CUNNIFF

Filmmakers scouted dozens of upscale houses in Upstate New York and Connecticut for a new movie, “The Stepford Wives.” They were on the lookout for homes and neighborhoods that reflected the idealized town in the script.

“People in Stepford are enjoying the height of stylish luxury — and they make no apologies for their lifestyle,” said production designer Jackson De Govia.

“We took ideas from the huge homes we found, then made them even grander,” she said. “Our designs were definitely influenced by affluence.”

A multimillion-dollar home in New Canaan, Conn., serves as the residence for new arrivals in the town, Joanna Eberhart (played by Nicole Kidman) and her husband, Walter (Matthew Broderick).

Another character in the movie, Bobbie Markowitz (played by Bette Midler), makes quite a change. “When we first meet Bobbie, she’s a bit of a slob,” said set decorator Debra Schutt. “It was really a lot of fun to transform her place.”

“The Stepford Wives” is scheduled to open June 11 at theaters across the country.

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