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! **

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Celebration of Costume Design Event!

Here’s an awesome opportunity to celebrate some great costumes, learn some things about costume design for movies, and to get a makeover!!!  This event is open to the public, and it’s being hosted by Turner Classic Movies and Bloomingdale’s – how cool is that?!!  Frocktalker and friend Deborah Nadoolman Landis will be there to answer all of your costume design questions – trust me, she has an encyclopedic knowledge of our art form – and it looks like it will be a fun time!  RSVP at 310-985-6246 by Monday.  Event takes place on Wednesday, March 28 from 7P – 9P at the Beverly Center Bloomingdale’s – roll on over after work!  Sounds like a lot of fun!!

– KMB

The Big Lebowski: Synopsis

Review Date: 5-23-10

Release Date: 3-6-98

Runtime: 117 min.

Period: early 1990s

Costume designer: Mary Zophres

The Big Lebowski is a film about mistaken identity, but really it all boils down to a soiled rug. There is The Dude (Jeffrey Lebowski, played by Jeff Bridges) and there is the Big Lebowski (Jeffrey Lebowski, played by David Huddleston). Their worlds could not be further apart – The Dude being a grade-A slacker, and The Big Lebowski being a millionaire. It is this divide and juxtaposition that makes the film interesting.

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La Belle et La Bête (Beauty and the Beast)

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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Auction Mania! Hollywood Prop Auction 8-15-09!

Another weekend, another auction.  This time, I don’t think it has as much to do with the crappy economy as much as it has to do with it being late summertime, back-to-school, an opportune time of year to have a huge sale.  The auction is this coming Saturday at LA Center Studios, near downtown – 1201 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017 – which is really on Bixel Street between 5th and 6th.  Preview starts at 9AM, and auction starts at 11AM.  There are vintage cars for sale (including a beautiful ’69 Ferrari Daytona) and there are COSTUMES in this auction, which makes it interesting… costumes from movies like Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Killshot, Fired Up, Obsessed, Crank: High Voltage, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Ugly Truth, Soul Men, and my favorites, CROSSING OVER and SEX DRIVE!

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