Category Archives: Style in film

Delon, Belmondo, Borsalino and the Myth of the Gangster Dandy

Alain Delon and Jean Paul Belmondo in “Borsalino”, 1970. Adel Productions, Marianne Productions.   François Capella and Roch Siffredi are rarely seen without a hat on. Most of the times it is a Borsalino, the dressy felt hat created by … Read More

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The Nest: In Conversation with Costume Designer Matthew Price

In my interview with Matthew Price, costume designer in Sean Durkin’s The Nest, we discuss Carrie Coon’s character and the defining role her clothes have on this journey we are taken on, the Italian sartorial influence for Jude Law’s Rory, and going to the movies. Read More

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Identity as an Illusion: Alain Delon in Mr. Klein

There is something of Jef Costello in Robert Klein. In his sharp suits, double-breasted tailored coats, pristine fedoras, carefully slipped-on leather gloves and calculated mannerisms, there is not much the perfectly groomed and perfectly dressed Mr. Klein leaves to chance in Joseph Losey’s film. Read More

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“Victor Victoria” & Women in Tuxedo on Film

Julie Andrews in “Victor Victoria”, 1982 | MGM   In Victor Victoria, Julie Andrews plays “a woman who pretends to be a man who pretends to be a woman”. Victoria is an unemployed performer who cross-dresses as a last resort … Read More

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Mirrors of a Character: Rita Hayworth in “The Lady from Shanghai”

In The Lady from Shanghai, Rita Hayworth defied expectations with a quiet, precise, icy performance. She is pure noir. Elsa Bannister is the enduring attraction of bad. But she is not necessarily unhuman by nature, but the result of what others have made her. Read More

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