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! **

Tag Archive for 'french'

De Rouille et D’Os – Rust and Bone

Review Date: 12-8-12

Release Date: 11-23-12

Runtime: 120 minutes

Period: Contemporary

Costume Designer: Virginie Montel

Rust and Bone is the epic, harrowing and stunning story of Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), a killer whale trainer who loses her legs in an accident, and Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a negligent father who enters the competitive world of street fighting. Stephanie is drawn to danger in all its forms, and Ali provides her with plenty of it, helping her to heal along the way.

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Sarah’s Key

Review Date: 7-17-2011

Release Date: USA 7-22-2011

Runtime: 111 min.

Period: 1942 – 2011

Costume Designer: Eric Perron

I saw this film at LA’s Museum of Tolerance, in a screening followed by a Q & A with the director, and all I can say is WOW. Many of you may have already read the novel of the same name by Tatiana de Rosnay. The film is an adept adaptation of the novel, and it does not disappoint!!

For those of you who have not read the novel, but want to see the film, do not read past the jump, as there are major spoilers involved. Instead, take my word for it – the film is beautiful, and is appropriate for viewers 12 years old and up. The story is an important, though seldom discussed, part of French history, and it is a compelling story about family and compassion.

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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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Cool Costume Alert! Seen at Western!!

 

One of my Frocktalk spies came upon these fabulous costumes in the return rack at Western Costume.  Aren’t they AWESOME?!  Evidently these were used in a play in London.  I can’t seem to get the back story as to who designed them, or what play it was, but they appear to be of a vague Napoleonesque vibe.  How cool that they colored this fabric with MARKERS to get the texture??  My spy tells me that the fabric is a heavy canvas, almost a cotton duck, and that all of the buttons, embellishments, etc., are drawn in with markers.  Inspired!!!

More pictures after the jump…

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