WWII photo - Cecil Beaton
Oh, Frocktalkers – what a find this is. Cecil Beaton was an Academy Award-winning costume designer (Gigi – 1958, and My Fair Lady – 1964), but before he was a costume designer, he was a photographer. And WHAT a photographer. WOW. His impressive photographs from WWII Britain are now on display at the Imperial War Museum in London. The exhibition runs from 9/6/12 to 1/1/13. So look – if you travel to London to see the amazing Hollywood Costumes exhibit at the V & A between October – January, you can stop by and see Beaton’s work at the IWM in the same trip. It’s a win-win!! I hope that they publish a book of his photos, because they are great research pieces. Absolutely stunning. More information HERE and nice article with photos HERE!
Happy Friday evening, Frocktalkers. I am here to tell you about a video game I worked on called The Saboteur. Yes, as a film industry costume designer, I was hired by Pandemic Studios to create the look for their lead character in this game! Set in WWII France, the game follows Irish race car driver (and French Resistance fighter) Sean Devlin on his mission of revenge. It is beautifully shot, and the art direction is something you’ve never seen in a game before – it’s breathtaking. Really, it’s stunning. The game is available for PS3, Xbox360 and PC, and it’s rated “M” for mature. Check out the trailer HERE and a nice review HERE. And another interesting piece HERE! It was a great experience to work with everyone at Pandemic, and I am sad to see them shut their doors. I look forward to another game-design opportunity, and I hope you enjoy The Saboteur!!
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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