Sally Potter’s Orlando has been on my ‘to-watch’ list for a while now – ever since my art history lecturer insisted I should see it – but it was The Man Who Cried that I finally watched first.
The film tells the story of a young Jewish girl who, after being separated from her father in Soviet Russia, grows up in England. As a young adult, she moves to Paris (shortly before the beginning of World War II), and then flees to the United States when the Nazis move into the French capital.
Taken from wikipedia article.
This film is so visually beautiful I didn't know which images to share with you and which to leave out! (In fact, it struck me, whilst watching this film, that I’ve yet to see a movie directed by a woman that looks anything less than amazing but that's another thought entirely). Here are a few for starters:
This film definitely appeals to the magpie in me - lots of shiny, glittery things to look at!
A couple of pretty, shiny things from etsy...
Lots of lovely dresses and other daywear, too! I felt these two pieces from etsy fit the costumes of the film very well:
Cate Blanchett's make-up was absolutely gorgeous.
A few extra of my favourite screencaps (you can see more here, including at least one of Johnny Depp):
So many of the shots look like they've come straight out of the pages of a high fashion magazine, don't you think? I spent a good deal of the movie thinking 'I want to take photos that look like this!' It was the last film on which cinematographer Sacha Vierny worked (he also did 8 Femmes, another stunning film and one of my all-time favourites - I did a post on it here.) And the costume design was done by Lindy Hemming, but I must admit I know very little about costume designers; she's worked on quite a few films that I love, it seems.
I've been meaning to do this post for weeks - I just didn't know what to write about this film! So, I shall just leave you with the scrummy visuals. Actually, a quick question: when I do manage to do a Silver Screen Sunday post, are you more interested in me keeping to costumes (which I don't have all that much to say about except for 'ooh' and 'ahh') or would you like at least a brief review of the overall film? Any comments appreciated!
Andi B. Goode