I’m trying to catch up on my movie-watching, as awards season is upon us and those of us who vote need to be informed! Aaaghh! So I’ve recently seen two very interesting Pennsylvania-themed films, Prisoners and Out of the Furnace. Both of these films describe a visual world that (to some people) might seem mundane… but the costumes are brilliant. Check out some images of this very fine work by costume designers Renee April (Prisoners) and Kurt and Bart (Out of the Furnace).
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Costume Designer Mark Bridges has done some wonderful work in his career – Boogie Nights, anyone? – and he hits another home run with The Fighter. Here he talks about high top Reeboks and Z. Cavaricci!
First, can you tell us about how this job came about for you?
I had worked with David (O. Russell, the director) before on I Heart Huckabees and had a great time. He asked me to do The Fighter.
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Review Date: 8-26-09
Release Date: 10-29-1946 (France)
Runtime: 96 min.
Period: Fantasy; 1600s France
Costume Designers: Antonio Castillo and Marcel Escoffier
This is a “wow” of a movie. The film was made immediately after WWII in France (it was shot in 1945-1946), and it was lovingly directed by maverick/poet/genius Jean Cocteau. The film was a hit with the French particularly, as it provided its audience a chance to escape from the bleak reality of life in their war-ravaged country. La Belle et La Bête is a soothing balm of a fairytale, engendering hope in the promise of new beginnings and restoring faith in the compassionate spirit of humankind. It is a story about breaking free from imprisonment and breaking forth into freedom. It was a message that people needed to hear then, a message that continues to resonate today.
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