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Film and fashion: 70s inspiration from Don’t Look Now













The other weekend, my friend was having a horror night. We watched paranormal activity and scared ourselves shitless. And then watched Don’t Look Now, which really really was not scary. It’s very of it’s time of course, but I didn’t actually mind it as an arty film, but the DVD box said best horror film of the 20th century, and it’s really not horror, is it. Even saying it’s a thriller is pushing it a bit. And the ending, I just don’t know! Where does the dwarf come from? Is she meant to have murdered the girls as well? Why does he lock the gate? What does the priest have to do with anything?

What I did like about it though were the clothes in excellent seventies style. A lot of warm colours, a lot of brown, like a faded photograph. I really liked the rich textures with tweeds and knits. And I adore Julie Christie’s curly hair! I thought it was interesting how she would not look out of place now in her a-line skirts and trench coat, but Donald Sutherland, oh dear god!

The long hair and moustache worn non-ironically, the checky suit with the giant lapel. The pukey coloured shirt. The ties! The scarves! I loved it! Ok, not the shirt, and not the moustache either, but the fact that a middle aged man unconnected to the creative industries and without an obvious interest in fashion would wear something that is quite obviously styled. Not the navy and black boringness sold to men on today’s high street whose purpose is nothing other than to not be noticed.

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  • Roisin 6 December 2011, 9:56 am

    Oh, I love Don’t Look Now. I saw it for the first time earlier this year and it blew my mind. I know what you mean about it not being a horror film, as such – it’s certainly not in the mould of modern horror cinema, but I found it genuinely unsettling and distressing, and very very tense. I think the claustrophobia of Venice and the way in which Sutherland’s death is repeatedly foretold (his bright red scarf, when he sees his own funeral, the eerie seance thing, even the lapping sounds of the water and the echo-ey footsteps) is very frightening. Perhaps for me it benefited from the fact that I watched it in the same week as Vertigo, which has a similar effect. Anyway – I think it’s a wonderful film! I love the fashion too, and I have a real weakness for Donald Sutherland. In fact, I think Donald Sutherland in the 70s is one of my biggest crushes – it’s his goofy handsomeness, I think. Have you see Invasion of the Body Snatchers? x
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    • Franca 6 December 2011, 1:33 pm

      I think it was maybe slightly spoilt by watching it after paranormal activity, which was pretty much the scariest thing I’ve ever seen. I liked the general atmosphere, but it was more one of loss and sadness than anything scary. And the seance I thought was actually quite silly. I liked Vertigo! I’ve not seen body snatchers I don’t think. I think our english teacher at school maybe played us bits of it but I’ve never seen the whole thing all the way through.

  • SACRAMENTO 6 December 2011, 12:56 pm

    i AM NOT VERY MUCH INTO THE 70 style, but these pics are really good.
    perphaps it was a horro film back them, hehehhehe
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  • Rebecca 6 December 2011, 4:54 pm

    I haven’t seen that movie, but I do like old horror films.
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  • Pearl Westwood 7 December 2011, 12:34 am

    Ive never see it but I love all the crazy 70s patterns!

  • Lizzy 7 December 2011, 6:18 pm

    I adore this film, and have been yearning for a pair of red boots like Julie Christie’s ever since seeing it!
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  • Bella Q 9 December 2011, 2:21 pm

    Great pics of such a dated time. The ’70’s have a charm to the fashions but it didn’t particularly age well, esp with the “peacock” men’s fashions. But I do love the tweedy ’70’s look a lot. Thanks for sharing these pictures!
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  • teeny 11 December 2011, 10:34 pm

    Hi Franca, thanks for these inspiring stills! I like the browns, and warm colours of the 70s too. I haven’t seen the movie, but i want to (so many i want to see!) I know that in NZ, there has been a longtime male staunchness to our culture (men werent allowed to be anything but macho blokey) – things are changing though thankfully. Is that also true for Scotland?
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  • The Quirky Poet 12 December 2011, 10:40 pm

    Hahah! So glad I’m not the only one who watches horror movies and can’t help but admire the clothes. When I watched the exorcists, I couldn’t stop thinking about the high-waisted pants!

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