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NEED A 747 AIRPLANE INTERIOR, a roadside diner, a New York street scene? No problem. Most studios keep such generic sets on hand. But what if a director needs something more specific, say, a semicircular room with a big desk in front of three large windows, a rug with the Presidential seal, a Frederic Remington reproduction of a man on a horse, bookshelf alcoves with fancy woodwork and a big American flag -- in other words, an Oval Office?
It is an increasingly common need, given the number of new films that deal with conspiracies in the White House, the threat of international terrorism and alien invasions. This year at least three movies have Oval Office scenes: the recent ''Absolute Power,'' about the cover-up of a murder committed by the President; ''Murder at 1600,'' opening on Friday, in which a woman is killed in the White House, and ''Air Force One,'' a Harrison Ford film due this summer in which the President's plane is hijacked.
One Oval Office is available from Castle Rock Pictures, which built an extensive White House set -- East Wing and West Wing -- on the Culver lot in Los Angeles for the 1995 film ''The American President.'' The Castle Rock Oval Office has since been used for Disney's ''Nixon'' and 20th Century Fox's ''Independence Day.''
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