Category Archives: Style in film

Beyond Character: Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider in “Max et les Ferrailleurs”

Romy Schneider in “Max et les ferrailleurs”, 1971 | Lira Films, Sonocam, Fida Cinematografica   A bleak, dark detective story that taps into noir, Claude Sautet’s Max et les ferrailleurs (1971) is more than a “policier” film. It draws two … Read More

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Timeless Yves Saint Laurent: Romy Schneider in “César et Rosalie”

Romy Schneider in “César et Rosalie”, 1972 | Fildebroc, Mega Film, Paramount-Orion Filmproduktion   There is this feeling you often get from Claude Sautet’s films, indicating that his protagonists are always among us. Sautet seeks out the remains of humanity … Read More

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Marilyn Monroe and Blue Jeans in “Clash by Night”

Marlon Brando and James Dean made denim defiant and sexy in the 1950s. But it was Marilyn Monroe who embodied the sexy and rebellious look first. It was in Fritz Lang’s Clash by Night, in 1952. Read More

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A New Kind of Rebel

Rebel Without a Cause was the film that gave the confused and alienated teenager an identity. But before James Dean burst onto the screen, it was another Nicholas Ray film and another character that gave voice to an entire generation: Farley Granger in They Live by Night. Read More

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Jacques Demy in Black & White and His Quiet Heroines

Before using colours “like a singing Matisse” in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Jacques Demy made the most lyrical use of black and white in his first two films, Lola and Bay of Angels, when a different kind of heroine glided through his universe, one who sand and danced on her own music. Read More

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