Category Archives: Style in film

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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Jean Seberg’s Look on Screen: A Marker of Modernity

A preppy in Paris. How Jean Seberg as Patricia Franchini strolling down the Champs-Elysées in The New York Herald Tribune t-shirt became a style headline and the star of the French New Wave. Read More

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Renaissance Woman and Dance Hall Days in the Alienated City

Fashion, music and attitude in William Friedkin’s neo-noir, and neon-noir, To Live and Die in L.A. Read More

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