Category Archives: Film

Breaking the Rules of a Leading Lady: Bette Davis in “The Letter”

There have been other femmes fatales dressed in white who commanded the screen with ferocity, but none of them had the audacity of Bette Davis’ Leslie Crosbie in The Letter, who not only inverts the symbolism of colour, but ironically inverts the roles of bride and mistress. Read More

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Bob Willoughby: The Photographer Who Was as Great as the Stars He Shot

He was not after perfection, not after the star image but after personality, a feeling, he was not after selling an image but about communicating emotion. Bob Willoughby’s photography made the stars human again. Read More

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The Searing Style of Jacques Deray’s “La piscine”

In La piscine, Jacques Deray directs with great style a searing psychosexual thriller, while drawing on the bigger than life personalities and star charisma of his protagonists – Schneider and Delon again together on screen, and Delon reunited with Ronet nine years after Plein soleil. Read More

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The Mosquito Coast: Interview with costume designer Justine Seymour

In the contemporary retelling of The Mosquito Coast, costume designer Justine Seymour embodies key character traits and themes from the book into the wardrobe of the leading cast that evoke the simple living and breaking of the status quo of the Fox family, and then Read More

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June Newsletter: On Drawing on the Quiet Moments of a Film and Childhood Summers

“There was life everywhere, mysterious and energetic.
In time I came to cherish our surroundings.
We led our Peter Pan existence – Read More

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