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Clothes in film

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sirhc, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. sirhc

    sirhc Member

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    If you were to pick a movie where clothes were as big a part of the film as the plot, what would it be?

    And / or

    Best dressed actor?

    Thought this would be an interesting discussion since there seems to be a variety of members here.
     
  2. PeterMetro

    PeterMetro Senior member

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    I'll be the first to nominate American Psycho. Not my style, exactly, but they look great and every character pays an enormous amount of attention to their clothes (as do some of us here...). All done by Cerutti.

    Another personal favorite is The Untouchables.
     
  3. Mr_Sweden

    Mr_Sweden Active Member

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    I pick Michael Douglas or John Spencer from "The West Wing".

    /Mr Sweden
     
  4. learydenis

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    Andy Garcia manages to look quite good.
     
  5. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Obvious answer: American Gigolo

    Also, any Merchant Ivory film. Seriously, they make me want to suffocate myself with popcorn.
     
  6. VMan

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    I nominate Snatch.

    I like how most everyone in that movie dresses in a suit even for the most casual occations (like going to feed a person to the pigs). Plus, it features british style at its finest. I'm also a bit partial to "banker" style shirts (or so I've heard them called on this forum); dress shirts that have a solid-colored fabric for the shirt body, then white french cuffs and a white collar. I think this looks absolutely awesome with a blue shirt with white pinstripes and a yellow tie that either has a small pattern or a yellow/gold rep tie.
     
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    A modern film that immediately comes to mind is Ocean's Eleven. The clothes worn by the two lead characters (Pitt and Clooney) are essential to the panache of the film. Considering the film relies on style and flair as much as plot, I think the clothes are essential.
     
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    Oceans 11

    Thomas Crown Affair w/Pierce
     
  9. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    ocean's eleven
    la dolce vita (or anything with marcello mastroianni)
    camille 2000 (ulta modern in a late '60s italian sort of way)
    anything by almodovar

    btw, the clothes in "the untouchables" are by giorgio armani and i think they look ridiculous for the most part. look at the courtroom scenes and notice how every single guy looks like he's wearing an expensive brand new suit; even the f.b.i. guys. very unrealistic. i doubt elliot ness wore $500 french cuffed shirts everyday.
     
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    mistahlee Senior member

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    How about Clark Gable in "It Happened One Night?"
     
  11. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    Ocean's Eleven was great for casual clothing. I personally liked the monochromatic effect of Gattaca. Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, and Jude Law are just way too pretty to shove into rags.
     
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    Id have to go with the Great Gatsby. Add in the fact that the movie really thrust Ralph Lauren into the mainstream, considering he did the wardrobe.
     
  13. Nick M

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    I'll add another Redford film, The Sting, and, in the same retro-futuristic vein as Gattaca, Minority Report. Seems everyone in the future likes to dress like it's the 1930s all over again... Also, I thought Casino was very stylish, albeit in a bizarre double-knit polyester seventies way.
     
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    Yes, re: Casino - I thought De Niro looked good.  Though I would probably never wear such outfits, they seemed to suit him well. Oh yeah, and remember when he was in his office and he was expecting someone he would put on his pants right before the meeting so that the pants wouldn't wrinkle from sitting in them all day?.
     
  15. PeterMetro

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    Unrealistic maybe, but not ridiculous. Personally, I like expensive brand new suits - maybe it's just a personal preference.
     
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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Chinatown--Jack is dressed to the nines.
    Casablanca--Bogart's white dinner jacket is priceless.
    Notorious--EVERY outifit of Cary Grant's is spot-on.
    Le Samourai--Alain Delon and his fedoras...
    Hannibal-LOVED the suit
    Cruel Intentions--Clooney, Kiton and Zeta-jones.
     
  17. NavyStyles

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    Ocean's Eleven - sure a few people have already mentioned it, but WOW. What Women Want - Mel Gibson has some extremely snazzy outfits in this movie. And, in one scene, his boss asks his secretary for a lavendar tie... I love that tie.
     
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    thrac, yes "le samourai" is a great movie too. have you seen "purple noon"?

    casino was also a great choice. i can't believe i forgot that one. take note that he wears the same style everyday. same shirt style and same suit style, only the fabrics change. even when he gets married he's wearing the exact same style. i'm doing something similar in terms of shirts, though i have a few variations on suits. i think it's cool for a man to have a 'signature' style.

    petermetro, of course we all love brand new expensive suits but how many working class people in chicago in the 1920s would have been wearing brand new finely tailored super 120s suits everyday? have you seen the film? do you know who elliot ness was in real life? i know it was commonplace for men to wear suits in those days, even poor men, but not suits like those. i think armani really blew it there.
     
  19. PeterMetro

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    I think you're missing my point.

    I have seen the movie, I do know who Elliot Ness was, and no, I doubt many working class people wore such fancy suits. Again, I'm not suggesting the movie deserves awards for realism in wardrobe. I'm just saying the clothes looked great.
     
  20. Isak Bengtsbo

    Isak Bengtsbo Well-Known Member

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    I think you guys miss one important detail... You should watch the movie and follow the story. [​IMG] Not concentrating on the actors clothing.
     

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