Museum of the Moving Image, Fashion in Film Festival
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2:00 P.M.
Dir. Frank Borzage. 1936, 89 mins. With Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper. Costumes by Travis Banton. Dietrich’s foxy siren Madeleine makes for a supremely aristocratic crook in this Hollywood story set in France and Spain. Dressed for success in magnificent gowns by Travis Banton, Paramount’s star costume designer of the 1920s and 1930s, Madeleine uses her “European” elegance and glamour to fool and seduce everyone, only to get closer to that rare string of pearls. But who can hold that against the girl?
The Tenth Victim
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 4:30 P.M.
Dir. Elio Petri. 1965, 92 mins. With Ursula Andres, Marcello Mastroianni. Costumes by Giulio Coltellacici. In a distant 21st century where the world lusts for violence, an international organization called “The Big Hunt” has legalized murder. Things get heated when the game’s top players become Victim and Hunter. Marcello Mastroianni stars as a blond-haired, sun-glassed impassive Victim and Ursula Andress as his beautiful AmazonIan Hunter in what can only be described as an über-cool Italian 1960s pop art sci-fi comedy extravaganza, complete with an exciting electronic musical score and comic book architecture.
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Paul Schrader. 1980, 117 mins. A tale of crime and love inspired stylistically by Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket, Paul Schrader’s evocative character study of an alienated California gigolo who finds himself drawn into a murder investigation, made movie stars of actor Richard Gere and fashion designer Giorgio Armani.
FRIDAY, MAY 11, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Abel Ferrara. 1981, 80 mins. With Zoë Lund. In Abel Ferrara’s violent retribution drama, a shy, dowdy seamstress is brutally raped twice in the same day and transformed into a killer, shooting men with her .45 pistol. The transformation of the heroine is marked by the change of her style and dress, to a sleek catlike vamp who wears bright red lipstick and killer boots.
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2:00 P.M.
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 1964, 130 mins. With Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery. Costumes by Edith Head. In Hitchcock’s sexually charged psychodrama, one of his most disturbing and accomplished films, Tippi Hedren is a psychologically troubled thief with an aversion to the color red, and to marriage. The film is exemplary of Hitchcock’s masterful ability to tell a story visually, not to mention his obsessive attention to detail.
PANEL DISCUSS ION: Crime, Fashion, and Television
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 5:00 P.M.
Television series like The Sopranos, The Wire, and Boardwalk Empire create fully realized criminal underworlds in which issues of class, power, and character are expressed through clothing, from the anti-fashion of The Sopranos, which reveals the misshapen underbelly of the American mafia, to the elegant retro-style of Boardwalk Empire, to the complex, contemporary urban landscape of The Wire. This panel discussion will explore the specifics of costume design and styling for crime television, featuring costume designers from some of the best contemporary crime dramas. Confirmed panelists include costume designers Juliet Polcsa from the HBO series The Sopranos, Lisa Padovani from the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, and Shelley Fox, Professor of Fashion at Parsons The New School for Design.
Leave Her to Heaven
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. John M. Stahl. 1945, 105 mins. With Gene Tierney. Costumes by Kay Nelson. Throughout this noirish melodrama, Gene Tierney’s character Ellen Berent Harland presents a mask of impenetrable beauty. Immaculately groomed and coordinated, her style speaks of wealth and exclusivity that is echoed in the cinematography’s luxurious Technicolor, which emphasizes vistas of the American landscape. However, beneath this apparently idyllic façade is a dark, psychological story of obsession and violence—Ellen’s repressed emotions are expressed through the dramatic mise-en-scène and costume.
Also screening as part of the series See It Big!
SUNDAY, MAY 13, 1:00 P.M.
Dir. Michael Curtiz. 1945, 111 mins. With Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott. Costumes by Milo Anderson. Crawford won an Oscar for her portrayal of a housewifeturned-waitress (swapping an apron for a mink coat) who finds business success while trying to keep control over her vindictive daughter.
SUNDAY, MAY 13, 4:00 P.M.
Dir. Todd Haynes. 2011, 330 mins. Screened with one intermission. With Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood. Costumes by Ann Roth. Haynes’s rich, psychologically complex HBO miniseries is an undeniably sumptuous cinematic experience that plays best on the big screen. Winslet won an Emmy for her wrenching work as the ultimate sacrificing mother, struggling to find a job after a divorce and coping with a monstrously selfish daughter. A detailed portrait of the depression and a domestic epic, this version is more faithful to James M. Cain’s novel than Curtiz’s 1945 adaptation.
Also screening as part of the series See It Big!
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Film Screenings: Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays, and as scheduled. Unless otherwise noted, screenings are included with Museum admission.
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