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post #46 of 83
Yes . . . his writing reminds me some, of Clifford Odets.' Snap, crackle, pop!
post #47 of 83
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Originally Posted by Ivan Kipling
Yes . . . his writing reminds me some, of Clifford Odets.' Snap, crackle, pop!

Six degrees of separation or maybe less: Clifford Odets adapted the screenplay and directed CG in "None But The Lonely Heart" (1944).
post #48 of 83
How about, that?? I am so eager to dive into your book!
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post #50 of 83
Hi Tomasso . . . I will do so, as soon as I've finished my read. Most, most enjoyable. Packed with information. Juicy tidbits. Excitingly written . . . warmth, sincerity, and style. Beautiful presentation. btw: I never, ever knew about the women's underwear.

post #51 of 83
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Originally Posted by Manton
Isn't there a screen credit at the end of NbyNW that "Quintino of Beverly Hills" did the suit(s) he wore in the movie? Honest question, I seem to remember that, but I might have conjured it out of thin air.

The credits in North by Northwest are opening credits (like most movies of this era). There is no mention of Quintino in the DVD release, and the wardrobe director is uncredited.
post #52 of 83
RT,

I didn't realize you were a forum member. I picked the book up after seeing it on a display table at my local Borders, and have loved it . . . absolutely enthralling and very well done.

I hope it does well for you.

-Theo.
post #53 of 83
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Originally Posted by Aus_MD
The credits in North by Northwest are opening credits (like most movies of this era). There is no mention of Quintino in the DVD release, and the wardrobe director is uncredited.
Good to know. I seem to remember it from somewhere, I guess just not NbyNW.
post #54 of 83
TCN, I too enjoyed Mr. Torregrossa's book, to the limit. So much information. So many CG affectations, that I'd never noticed . . . much to the late Mr. Grant's credit!! I don't think I ever noticed that CG sometimes buttoned his shirt collars all the way up, around his neck, top button closed!
post #55 of 83
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Originally Posted by TCN
RT,

I didn't realize you were a forum member. I picked the book up after seeing it on a display table at my local Borders, and have loved it . . . absolutely enthralling and very well done.

I hope it does well for you.

-Theo.

Thanks, Theo. I'm sort of new, but having fun. I discovered Style Forum long after I completed the book and I must say that I am surprised and pleased that there are people who share my passions.

Cheers,
RT
post #56 of 83
Hello,

I just got this book and love it. A couple of questions, on the front cover is that a white suit he is wearing ? For everything else he does perfectly, why the DB and the buttondown ?

RS
post #57 of 83
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Originally Posted by rssmsvc
For everything else he does perfectly, why the DB and the buttondown ?

Why not? Why is a collar bar/pin acceptable with a DB but not a BD. I like the look, even with the FC's.


post #58 of 83
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Originally Posted by Tomasso
Why not? Why is a collar bar/pin acceptable with a DB but not a BD. I like the look, even with the FC's.




To me it looks like the button down is a more casual shirt and the DB suit is a more formal. Like shorts and a sportcoat.
post #59 of 83
I do find the buttondown collar to look a trifle busy, in this photo. Buttondowns were created to keep collars in place during polo matches, or so I have read. Not that CG couldn't get away with one more expressive gesture, to demonstrate his style and daring. Personally, I don't think I'd use a buttondown, with DB suits. Now, with a DB JACKET, I might see things from another perspective. All depends on the jacket, the occasion, the trousers (if trousers are to be worn,) etc.

I encourage style forum members, to get hold of Mr. Torregrossa's book. You will find some of the photos inside, to be most striking and provocative.
post #60 of 83
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Originally Posted by rssmsvc
To me it looks like the button down is a more casual shirt and the DB suit is a more formal. Like shorts and a sportcoat.
CG did that a lot--paired the button-down with a more formal looking suit and ensemble. Why? It's a mystery. Although not really. He experimented and tried to push the enevelope a little. That's the only way to discover what works for you, what's personally appropriate as opposed to "aping another man's style." I've tried it, for instance, and could never pull it off. I think you're right. It's an odd combo. I mean, would not have a straight collar been better? Probably. At least for the rest of us. But somehow CG pulls it off. Wonderfully, methinks. He tweaked the rules in his day, creating a personal style, something I think we all should aim for. It ain't easy because it takes a lot of thought. A lot of time. But it's more interesting than following the traditional 'rules,' whatever they are. And as to the white suit on the cover of the book. The whole look works harmonioulsy--the relaxed tropical suit, the fluffed hankerchief pocket, an unusual choice for CG, which is why I chose it instead of the same old buttoned up look he's famous for, the draped hand, the radiant tan as if he's just back from St. Tropez, etc., etc. But the collar buttoned up all the way creates a kind of formal tension in contrast with the overall relaxed sartorial and phsyical demeanor. When you start to notice the nuances in CG's attire, you regard him as not just a man of style but as a kind of artist, although he would think that ridiculous and pretentious but he took the art of dressing seriously as any artist. RT
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