Sunday, April 27, 2008

Springtime in Paris Cinema




One of my sartorial pleasures is watching French new wave—and other—films.

Perhaps my three favorites, for color, line, and hair, are Breathless, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and Cleo from 5 to 7.



Breathless, for its clean lines on Jean Seberg, who can rock a tight t-shirt and cropped cigarette pants, who can make a shirt-dress shockingly sexy, and whose boy-crop and cat’s eye glasses are iconic.



Cherbourg, for its psychological use of color—note how the wallpaper and clothing complement each other—and for some of the best maternity frocks on film (Rosemary’s Baby boasts an equally delightful maternity wardrobe—in direct counterpoint to the film’s theme, obviously).



Cleo, for its va va voom clothes and sculptural hair confections that never seem self-conscious, despite their self-consciousness.

7 comments:

K.Line said...

Hey Miss C: Nice job on being tagged by Linda Grant! You are so sassy. K

Rollergirl said...

*Gasp* Jean Seberg - isn't she lovely...

Mary-Laure said...

Oh Jean Seberg! After I saw Breathless at age 16, I cropped my hair just like her.
I also like it that she was married to a writer I adore, Romain Gary.

Imelda Matt said...

The tragedy of Jean Seberg is legendary she was remarkable!

enc said...

I need to watch these films. I am so behind.

miss cavendish said...

Hi all--

These are such wonderful films, enc! And you're studying French too, n'est pas?

I always want to get the Seberg crop when I see her image. How did you like your look, Mary-Laure?

Mrs.French said...

Sadly, I have not seen any of them...but the snip-its are beautiful.