Wednesday, January 4, 2012
the women of midnight in paris
I recently watched Midnight In Paris again. I'm so enamored with that movie I could watch it every day. What struck me this time was the simple beauty of all the actresses. I took a course in college on Woody Allen films, so I'm sure there could be a whole sociological argument for why these characters look this way, but upon simple analysis, I don't find anything too sexist or degrading about it, so I'm down for celebrating it!
All of the characters in the movie, in fact, are gorgeous but understated (except Hemingway, he's remarkably dashing and handsome, but apparently he was really that handsome when he was young in real life... Google it). Even stunning French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy looks believable as a quaint curator. It lets the breathtaking Parisian scenery and exquisite camera work act as the aesthetic stars of the show.
The women's wardrobe, to me, is most notable. Across the board, they're wearing easy fabrics, relaxed silhouettes and neutral colors. What's interesting is that the general look stays true throughout the different generations and personalities of all the characters. The 1920's interpretation is swingy dresses in creams and black for Zelda and Adriana. Zelda looks so nonchalant and comfortably glamorous when she declares her "real talent lies in drinking." (Amen, sister) The modern-day women all have unstyled hair and wear neutral colors in non-bodyconcious shapes. Even Rachel McAdams' character who plays a shallow, California girl with rich parents, looks nothing like Paris Hilton. In lieu of leather jeggings and faux fur, she wears belted shirtdresses and Henley tees.
Not that any of this makes the movie any less beautiful. In fact, I think it adds to the whimsical, dreamy feeling. If you haven't seen it please do so!