Category Archives: Film costume

“Personally, I Like a Director Who Trusts Me to Do the Best Job I’m Trained to Do”: In Conversation with Costume Designer Wendy Chuck

In our interview, costume designer Wendy Chuck tells about making films with Alexander Payne for 20 years, the art of collaboration, why the movies of the 1970s were not where she turned to for inspiration for the 70s-set The Holdovers, how a costume designer can win an actor’s heart and Angus Tilly’s jacket that is already being copied everywhere. Read More

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The Birds, the Ultimate Hitchcock Heroine and the Grandfather Figure

It was sixty years ago, 1963. It was very rare that women enjoyed the prerogative of a sports car in movies. My favourite to this day remains Tippi Hedren in The Birds, driving her Aston Martin convertible on the meandering curves of Bodega Bay, free, liberated, a natural extension of her rapacious, bold nature. It’s a joy watching her control that car, especially that we are served the scene with a grain of Hitchcock humour. Tippi Hedren will always be the ultimate Hitchcock heroine. Read More

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Stéphane Audran, Vermeer and Lagerfeld: The Visual Richness of “Babette’s Feast”

“She was feminine, and she had that Parisian feel that Babette needed to have in this film. Also, in Karl Lagerfeld’s robe, she was… She had to differentiate herself from the others, which she did perfectly with lots of grace and generosity. She is a wonderful actress, in addition to being a great artist.” Stéphane Audran is so much part of Babette’s Feast that she seems part of the mise-en-scéne. This is a film that best conjures up Stéphane’s talent and presence. Read More

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Just a Tomboy: Marilyn Monroe Seen Beyond Stardom by Eve Arnold on the set of The Misfits

They say that sometimes you can see the soul of a film in a photograph taken on the set. But that only very rarely happens. On the set of The Misfits, Eve Arnold managed to capture not only the soul of the film, but the souls of its actors. Her memorable photographs of Marilyn Monroe are an intimate portrait of the biggest movie star of all time. Read More

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Simplicity: The Brevity of Film Costume in “Les Aventuriers”

”Les Aventuriers”, 1967. Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie, Compagnia Generale Finanziaria Cinematografica   Two guys and a girl try to make a life out of what they love doing. It’s this free willing that unites them in the first place. Manu … Read More

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