Welcome to FrockTalk, the web’s only costume-based movie review site. The goal of Frocktalk is to shed light on the magnificent artistry of costume design in motion pictures. Reviews on this site are written by working costume designers in the entertainment industry – people who know, better than anyone, what it takes to make it all happen. The focus of FrockTalk is not to comment on the big flashy costume dramas, but to call attention to the seemingly ordinary costume design work in film that silently and persuasively moves the audience toward understanding the characters. Costume design for motion pictures is an art form that deserves more recognition than it usually gets. Fancy, pretty costumes do not always equal effective, appropriate costumes. The art of the costume is in letting the audience know who the character is, before the actor even has a chance to open his mouth. Read on, and enjoy. ** CAUTION: ALL REVIEWS CONTAIN SPOILERS! **

The Sweet Hereafter: Sidebar


Speaking of all great things Canadian, this week’s Frocktalk review is The Sweet Hereafter.  This film was nominated for a Genie award for costume design back in 1997.  Just wanted to let you know that an interview with costume designer Beth Pasternak is in the works; I will run it as soon as it comes back to me, so stay tuned!  For photo clearance, I called three different companies associated with this movie: New Line Home Video, Fine Line Features, and Time Warner Home Video.  All of them passed the buck in giving photo release.  In fact, the woman at Time Warner told me that nobody knew WHO was responsible for photo clearance on this film.  Therefore, I am going to take a chance, and run these screen caps.  If anyone barks, I will be sure to let you know!

– KMB

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