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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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Interview with Designer Trish Summerville!

Happy 2012, Frocktalkers! I am delighted to be able to share some insight with you from the costume designer of David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Trish Summerville! Fresh from the launch of the movie as well as the launch of The Dragon Tattoo Collection (exclusively at retailer H & M), Ms. Summerville tells us all about her experience making the film in Sweden, and why she didn’t sample the reindeer meatballs… read on!!

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WOW – Retailer H & M launches “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” Line!

Who’d’a thunk it?!?!  Swedish retail giant H & M is moving forward with a fashion line based on the American version of Stieg_Larsson‘s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  Odd, given that the novel is from Sweden, written in Swedish, and the first film was made in Sweden with Swedish actors.  Wonder why it takes an American version of this iconically Swedish film to get a huge Swedish retailer to launch a line in America?  Confused yet?  See the full story HERE at Elle.com!


Let The Right One In/ Låt Den Rätte Komma In

Review Date:  7-18-09
Release Date: 10-24-08 (limited, USA)
Runtime: 115 min.
Period: 1982, Sweden
Costume Designer: Maria Strid

Released a month too late for 2008’s Best Foreign Film Oscar consideration, Låt Den Rätte Komma In would have been one of the most deserving candidates for the honor.  This film is a mix of the most unlikely elements – it’s a creepy horror/coming of age/vampire/love story.  It may seem like a strange combination, but all of the elements work in perfect harmony here to create a moving, complex film about loneliness, friendship, strength, unconditional love and vengeance.
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