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 'theatrical'

Anonymous

Release Date: 10-30-2011 (USA)

Runtime: 130 min.

Period: Elizabethan England (late 1500s)

Costume Designer: Lisy Christl

Anonymous is a film that asks the question, “What if Shakespeare’s works were actually written by someone else?” If that question irks you, you will hate this movie. If you come into it with an open mind, you will find a beautiful movie, directed by (kind of surprisingly) Roland Emmerich. Surprisingly, because there are no apocalyptic threats to mankind, and because it is a sensitive and very interesting answer to the question posed by the film.

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Camp

Review Date: 2-5-10

Release Date: 7-25-03

Runtime: 114 min.

Period: Contemporary

Costume Designer: Dawn Weisberg

America seems to have renewed its love affair with the musical comedy genre. The success of TV’s Glee seems to make the point all by itself. It is with this love in mind that I bring you CAMP, a 2003 film that debuted at Sundance, and then fell largely under the radar. Honestly, I think it was ahead of its time. If you like Glee, you will love Camp.

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Sales-a-poppin’!!! Costume Sale Alert!

Get ready, Southern California – the venerated Starlight Theater (San Diego) in Balboa Park is selling off some of their costumes, just in time for Halloween.  Here are the details:

WHEN: Saturday, October 3 • 9:00 A.M. – 5 P.M.

WHERE: ON STAGE at The Starlight Theatre in Balboa Park
2005 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101 • 619.232.7827

ON SALE: Over 40 Years of Costumes!

• Full range of sizes for adults  • Vintage • Polyester  • Zombies – raw material pieces • Ethnic • Uniforms • Costumes • Boutique • Characters • Dumb & Dumber Tuxedos • Matching Sets (great for dancing!) • Shoes, Hats, Furs • Sewing Patterns • Road Boxes

We need to make room for next season’s costumes, so we are selling some amazing costumes from previous shows.  If you are searching for an unique Halloween costume, need costumes for your own theatrical show or would just like to own a piece of Starlight history – there is something for everyone.

Handicapped Access is Available at the Back Gate • all merchandise sold “as is” • all sales final • no refunds or exchanges • sizes not guaranteed• cash or charge only • no strollers please!

Be Green! Please Bring Your Own Bag!

— KMB



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