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old films .. clothes, hair

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the last picture show (1971) directed by peter bogdonovich
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lost horizon (1937) directed by frank capra
over the weekend i watched 2 movies that came up on the old movie channel - the last picture show and a very old movie called lost horizon.  i do pay attention to the dialogue and underlying theme, of course i do, but many times i just get completely side tracked by the clothes.  the last picture show was made in 71' but takes place in 51'.  the boys are high school age and wear heavy levis with plaid shirts and short sleeves, denim jackets and dusty cowboy boots.  i love their look.  zigzag sweaters and geometric print shirts with covered buttons.  sybill shepard's messy side part is perfect.  whenever a film takes place in a different decade you can often expect the feel of the decade it was made in to seep through and i love that.  i love it more than the move to perfectly recreated eras in movies that came later.  there's something cold about that.  the costumes in bonnie and clyde are some of my favorites, the 30s by way of the 60s.  dunaway's pointelle sweaters and one silk dress that buttons down the back in particular.  the other movie i watched was lost horizon directed by frank capra.  i'd never heard of this movie and recorded it because it sounded interesting.  just bizarre!  and beautiful - the sets, the costumes, the editing amazing.  english people dressing in traditional tibetan clothing, or their interpretation of it in the 30's anyway, beautiful.  one scene in particular sticks out - a young english woman in a black sort of jumpsuit with these enormous billowy sleeves and garlands of beads in different lengths around her neck.  so beautiful. 
there's my weekend film review lol.  it felt like a rough weekend at times, with bouts of self-pity, crying, reading, making up, missing cinema showings, hurried lunches, hugs, good quickie talks to move things forward.  life, right? xo

1 comment

Mar 05, 2019

I agree… those old movies that weren’t so perfectly historically accurate have more charm. One that comes to mind that I love is the 1967 Far from the Madding Crowd. “Terry and Julie!” So mod. I haven’t seen either of your weekend movies in ages.

betty

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