Fading Fast

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Gene Kelly...An American In Paris...I'd like to say it was one of his best, but on closer examination Gene Kellys scripts all seemed to follow an incrementally more familiar plot line, each set in a different location. However, as an actor, Kelly did give the viewer a lot of bang for his/her movie buck(s)! ;)
Agreed and the same thing can be said of Fred Astaire movies with the formula being:

Astaire + pretty female dance partner + exotic locale or upper-class society setting + minor issue(s) thwarting his efforts to attract pretty dance partner + some other plot nonsense + a bunch of song and dance numbers (the whole reason for the movie) = successful movie that makes plenty of money
Laugh (as I do sometimes, while still enjoying the movie), but it worked for three decades for Astaire.
 

Ungentleman

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I watched "Lethal Weapon" all the way through for the first time the other day, and was surprised to see Danny Glover's character wearing relatively natural shoulders and pinned collars. Pretty trad, especially compared to his partner.
 

TKI67

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I just rewatched Joe Versus the Volcano. The chap who sells Joe those marvelous trunks was wearing a very nifty Donegal suit with a Bengal striped shirt and a bow tie. Quite sharp. Plus it’s a quirky and charming flick with a better than average soundtrack. You can Youtube the scene with “Are you traveling light or...heavy?” While you’re on Youtube you might as well listen to Eric Burdon’s version of Sixteen Tons.
 

Fading Fast

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It seems like there were quite a few movies in the early to mid 60's that showcased some good trad attire even thought they weren't great movies.
You know you've crossed some line that you don't want to admit when you're watching a bad '60s movie just to see if the sport coat some character's wearing has a center hook vent. Of course, I'm talking about what I know a friend of mine does, not me of course - I'd never do that.
 

FiscalDean

Super Member
You know you've crossed some line that you don't want to admit when you're watching a bad '60s movie just to see if the sport coat some character's wearing has a center hook vent. Of course, I'm talking about what I know a friend of mine does, not me of course - I'd never do that.
Here in Wisconsin's great Northwoods, most activities involve being outside. Today is going to be only the third day this month without rain.
 

Troones

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Not a movie, but can I mention Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton in the 80's sitcom Family Ties? I happened to see a re-run a few months ago while flipping around on the tube. I was a kid/teen and never really paid attention back then, but Alex was always sharply dressed in some great tweeds and ties, clearly from BB and J. Press (and others I'm sure.) The episode I saw showed him in a great 3/2 roll herringbone with the classic hook vent.
 

Virtue Aesthetics

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Not sure if we said this one yet but I'll put in a vote for "A River Runs Through It". The entire culture of the film felt quite trad, in a geographically and economically agnostic way (my preferred kind of trad anyway).

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Corcovado

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I re-watched "Metropolitan" last night. I guess it's been nearly 30 years since I first saw it. Naturally I thought of this forum and this thread, and also the "trad girlfriend" thread, as I watched it. I was not surprised to see that it has already been mentioned in the comments, indeed at the very start, but I was surprised that the mentions were all dismissive. I really like this sweet and often funny movie which seems to have laid some groundwork for Wes Anderson, whose movies I also like.
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Dr.Watson

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My wife and I rewatched Metropolitan recently as well (I bought a pink shetland sweater on sale last summer inspired by the film's "Charlie" character, but on rewatching I think his sweater might actually be cotton). It is such a great movie. Interestingly, several of the female actresses (Sally, Jane, and Audrey's mother) wore their own clothes.

Taylor Nichol's wardrobe in Barcelona is also quite nice. Though his jackets are darted and pants are pleated, all his shirts are voluminous button down collar oxfords.

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Fun fact, Whit Stillman made Chris Eigeman wear a madras jacket in Barcelona; the actor hated it so much that Stillman made him wear one again in Last Days of Disco.
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And you are right, Wes Anderson actually said he was inspired by Whit Stillman at one point: https://www.whitstillman.org/2013/10/11/wes-anderson-was-inspired-by-whit-stillmans-metropolitan/
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
In the movie "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" form 1956 (my comments on the movie here: #340 ), one of the plot twists depends on the main character buying a "generic" grey Tweed overcoat.

Try as I could, the first pic below is the best one I could find of that scene (or the coat). I'm sure a better pic is out there, but I couldn't find it.

As a consolation prize though, the second and third pics are of an incredibly beautiful herringbone overcoat from the movie that plays no part in the plot though.

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Fading Fast

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I recently watched the 1956 move "Julie" (comments here #345 ) with Doris Day, Louis Jordan and Barry Sullivan.

Set and filmed on the West Coast, the clothes were, of course, very mid-'50s America, but you could feel the West Coast as the clothes had fewer East-Coast-Ivy details like OCBDs or 3/2 sport coats.

That said, Sullivan's duffle coat (1st pic) could not have been more Ivy perfect as were some of Doris Day's outfits (women's Ivy, of course - a lot of women in the movie wearing cardigans).

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Corcovado

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Aside from the shoulders of the coats, I thought the FBI agents in the movie "Black Mass" looked like they wouldn't be too out of place in this thread.

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Fading Fast

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(Cross post from the Tweed Thread)

Kirk Douglas' suit from the movie "Young Man with a Horn:"
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He also wore this sport coat (maybe suit, don't remember) in the movie:
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My comments on the movie here #355
 
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