Sunday, June 28, 2009

Get Your Decades Straight, Please...

I love a good mad-cap comedy, especially when it's set and/or made in the early part of the 20th century. I love the witty banter, the quick repartee that is the trademark of many a film from the "Golden Age of Hollywood." It was with great anticipation that I sat down to watch George Clooney's "Leatherheads"; from him I've come to expect a great deal of knowledge and appreciation for the movies of the 20's through 50's... after all, he comes from Hollywood royalty.

The banter was there; the hairstyles were not. I was so disappointed to see Renee Zellweger decked out in some beautiful period clothing, only to have a hairstyle from the COMPLETELY wrong decade.
THIS (above) is period. (Sorry the pic is so small.) Her hair is appropriately pinned up. But then later in the film.....

THIS (below) is not. The page boy was not a style in the 20's; it's a WWII style, most memorably worn by femme fatales in such films as "Notorious" and any movie Rita Hayward was in...


The style Renee wore to the premiere of the film (below) would have been closer to period, if her character had been a "flapper." (Although her modern cut is a bit "shaggy" for a period bob.)


Now, as I said, the costuming was beautiful, and they had the men's clothes mostly right... how much do their clothes ever change, anyway? ;-) This is a great shot of her gorgeous wardrobe... I wish she had left the hat on through the whole movie. At least it would have been period!



Even the promo shot of George behind the camera was more in keeping with the period than Renee's hair:


That SOOO looks like a studio promo shot....oh, wait, it IS a studio promo shot... but I mean it looks like one from the 20's, 30's or 40's.

To promote the movie, George and Renee did "whistle stops" on a lovely old train. But why did she wear a "New Look" suit to go with his 20's newsboy cap and ensemble? And the didn't wear 4" heels in the 20's. Not even close...


So, a fun movie, a silly movie, some nice eye-candy, but a few annoying anomalies...

Ok, maybe I'm being picky.

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