THE ROMANCE OF ASTREA AND CELADON—IN PRAISE OF OLDER FRENCHMEN! PART DEUX

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As all those cool reviewers brought up even more insights on this stunning film, esp. the eye-filling cast, it behooved me to add a few words as to WHY they look so erotic, radiant and alluring.  (I agree with the review from The Stranger, straight men who go see this film and let that fact slip into a casual conversation, well, I won’t guarantee WHAT will happen next, but suffice to say any straight woman of taste would at the very least go out with you!)  (Unless, of course you are NOT looking for straight women of taste.  Let’s say we went there and resume.)

One of the reasons I chose the “IN PRAISE OF OLDER FRENCHMEN!” commentary title is, from the first frame on, it’s obvious this film was directed by a European director, and most definitely a French director, with decades of experience being around some of the world’s most beautiful women.  His eye for making each woman glow within her our beauty, well, is just impeccable.  He caused to be created costumes that enhance and define each woman’s natural loveliness.

Any competent Costume Supervisor will tell you, (ahem), that the hardest thing in the Universe to make is a sheath.  Anything with less than 10 seams in it–well, cut and fit are paramount.  So it’s a bitch to get right.  Any French haute couture house (Coco Chanel having laid down the rules:  “Always take the last thing you put on off”, a philosophy The Stranger would agree with!) will tell you that the simpler the garment looks, the harder (and generally more expensive) it is to make.  When I was 17 I made what later was to become my wedding dress.  It was a simple sheath of very expensive eyelet, and it caused me MORE grief than some 3 piece suits I’ve made.   Director Eric Rohmer has supervised the creation of some deceptively simple looks, starting with sheaths that highlight each woman’s charms. Long strands of beads, flowers and other found objects in nature are used to enhance their individual beauty.  When more elaborate gowns are worn, they are perfectly matched to the actor’s skin tone, to complement and highlight it.  Ribbons etc, in the hair are chosen in such a way that some of them are iridescent, only 1 tone off their natural hair color, so when the woman turns and the light hits her, a delicate halo glows from behind.  Exactly as pastoral art pictures it.  Frankly, ONLY a Frenchman with decades of experience could pull this off.  (As having 20-ish year old actresses whose hands look pristine, when any average 20 year old girl in contemporary France would be totally into nail varnish!  (Which you can tell by the nail beds.)  The man is a genius!)

OK, so their best costumes are the ones they got on their birthday! ENJOY!

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