This blog entry is long overdue. I meant to write this to coincide with award season in late February to early March, but it ultimately had to take a backseat in favor of other articles. Now, as I browse through the higgledy piggledy piece of technology that is my hard drive, I realize that this particular topic is just too great to pass up for a cinephile like me (though if I'm going too be honest, the movie stills I've collected are too pretty not to share).
Although my main objective when watching a film is to be swept into its plotline, the visually hungry side of me looks forward to glorious set designs, dreamy captures of faraway cities, and magical images I initially thought could only exist in the imagination. What can I say? The girly girl in me just loves pretty pictures.
Part of this penchant for on-screen beauty? The costumes, of course. And, more often than not, it's the period films that remain most firmly imprinted in my mind. Satine's bejeweled corsets in Moulin Rouge? Too beautiful for words. Marie Antoinette's pastel frills in the movie of the same name? Yes, please. And let's not forget the roaring '20s style of Chicago. I could go on and on (but I won't).
Instead, here are 5 period films from 2011 that wowed me with their stellar costume design. Of course, if you look beyond the fashion, you're still bound to have in your hands a movie that's moving and memorable—which, in my opinion, all great films should be.
Warning: spoilers abound!
(Photo from Midnight in Paris courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)