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Film Style: Angel Face (1952)

Angel Face 1952 Jean Simmons (29)

Angel Face is a 1952 film noir directed by Otto Preminger that, although lesser known than some of his other movies, has a cult following of its own and is a well respected example of the genre.

Jean Simmons stars as the Angel Face in question, Diane Tremayne, opposite noir fave Robert Mitchum. Simmons was more commonly seen in rather more innocent roles, but she plays the part of a devious femme fatale chillingly well. From the first moment Mitchum happens upon her playing piano, every nerve in your brain is screaming ‘run Bobby, run, this dame is Bad News!’

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The coolest ever glasses in movies

glasses michael caine ipcress file

I’m an idiot. I was thinking about The Ipcress File one day, and the ineffable stylishness of Michael Caine and his black-framed specs, and thought that coming up with a list of similarly awesome (or in some other way, striking) glasses worn in the movies would be quick and easy. It took me three months. SHEESH.

This, naturally, is not only because it turns out there are many more amazing spectacled movie characters than I previously knew about, but also because a stubborn streak of perfectionism meant I had to keep discovering MORE movie glasses. And more. And still more. And then it became overwhelming and I felt I was drowning in glasses and had to run away and hyperventilate for a while before I felt I could continue with my movie glasses mission.

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Debbie Reynolds’ Hollywood Costume Finale

Extra Romeo and Juliet 1936 dress costume

Last week the final auction of Debbie Reynolds’ Hollywood costume collection took place. Debbie had been collecting costumes for her entire career, and since 2012 had been auctioning what was one of the largest costume collections in the world.

There were some incredible pieces available to view (and buy) in this last sale. Some of the items are noteworthy not so much for their design as for the iconic productions they were used in – a selection of hats worn by Vivien Leigh in ‘Gone with the Wind’, a dancing dress from An American in Paris, Charlie Chaplin’s bowler hat, simian limbs used in ‘Planet of the Apes’, and Laurence Olivier’s jacket worn in Pride and Prejudice.

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Sophia Loren as Cleopatra (1954)

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I really wanted to find a 1950s movie Cleopatra to look at – well we’ve had 20s, 30s and 40s, so I didn’t want to break the pattern and leave out the 50s. On checking IMDB, I found out that Sophia Loren played both Cleopatra and a lookalike slave girl in the 1954 (some sources say  1953) movie “Due notti con Cleopatra” (Two Nights with Cleopatra).

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Film Style: Flying Down to Rio (1933)

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Let’s get this out of the way straight away. Flying Down to Rio is a very silly film. However, like many other silly things (whoopee cushions, jaffa cake flavoured milkshakes, nail art, shoes with cat faces), that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile. In fact, it is lots of fun indeed.

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Famous Hollywood Costumes Part Three

Purple dress worn by Mae West as Peaches O’Day in Every Day’s a Holiday, 1937

Some of you may have already seen the results of the Debbie Reynolds costume auction on Saturday. The highest price achieved went unsurprisingly to Marilyn Monroe’s famous white ‘Seven Year Itch’ dress, which was sold for a whopping US$5.6 million. You can see all the winning bids here.

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Famous Hollywood Costumes Part Two

Green felt coat with mink-trim capelet and hat worn by Jean Simmons as Desirée Clary in Desirée, 1954

You didn’t think I would stop at just one post about these incredible costumes did you? I spent a long time trawling through the catalogue last week picking out my favourite costumes, and there was way too much goodness to fit into just one post; or indeed two (I’ll show you the last round next week).

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