Category Archives: Style in film

Deceit Is in the Details: Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity

When we see Phyllis Dietrichson with those dark sunglasses on, we realise she might just as well have worn them the whole time. Because her eyes never flinch. It’s just a dark void behind them. Barbara Stanwyck is the archetypal femme fatale, just as Double Indemnity is the archetypal film noir. Read More

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Bonnie Lee and the Leather Jacket Flying Men in Only Angels Have Wings

Cary Grant and Jean Arthur in “Only Angels Have Wings”, 1939 | Columbia Pictures   They are men who are staring down death as they are flying dangerous missions over treacherous mountain terrain, come rain, shine or fog. The short … Read More

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Editorial: She’s Earned Those Stripes

Jean Arthur in “The Talk of the Town”, 1942 | Columbia Pictures   The Editorial: thoughts, short stories or essays about the world of cinema   Nora Shelley is wearing a men’s striped oversized pajamas when the entire town barges … Read More

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Ruggedly Masculine: Rod Taylor in “The Birds”

Rod Taylor in “The Birds”, 1963 | Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions   Who else believes Rod Taylor and his style in The Birds are underrated? Because this is what I think. He is just as underrated as Tippi Hedren and … Read More

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Editorial: Driving Steve McQueen (When Porsche Beat Ford)

Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset in “Bullitt”, 1968 | Solar Productions   It’s the car, it’s the casual elegance, it’s this time of year, it’s the times. It was Steve McQueen’s Mustang – a very fast, dark green 1968 Ford … Read More

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