Category Archives: Style in film

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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François Truffaut’s Heroines

Cinema is a woman’s art, François Truffaut used to say. In his films, too, it’s his feminine characters who are more dynamic, more enterprising, it’s them who direct events. From Catherine Deneuve and Jeanne Moreau to Delphine Seyrig and Fanny Ardant, these are Truffaut’s heroines. Read More

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