Fashion On Film: The Bride Wore Black, True Romance & Paris Texas
If you've ever tried booking a table at a restaurant for 14th February then you'll know that on V-day, it is apparently deemed acceptable to charge the equivalent of Ireland's national debt for a gristly steak and McCain oven chips. It's daylight robbery, by romantic candlelight.
So good old fashioned staying in is where it's at come Valentine's Day - and whether you're cosied up a deux or flying solo, we recommend one of these schmaltz-free films exploring the facets of that ole devil called love...
La Mariee Etait En Noir (The Bride Wore Black) Francois Truffaut, 1968.
Not your traditional love story, admittedly: Truffaut's tongue is firmly in cheek in this affectionate homage-come-lampoon of the cinema of Alfred Hitchcock. Femme fatale Jeanne Moreau is ice cold and emotionless as the eponymous bride widowed on her wedding day, who spends the entire film tracking down and picking off five men to avenge her husband's death; all in a series of impeccably-styled monochrome outfits...
True Romance Tony Scott, 1993:
Classic 'lovers on the run' formula + written by Tarantino + stoner Brad Pitt + the scene between Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper + Elvis as an imaginary friend + Clarence's Hawaiian shirts + Hans Zimmer's 'You're So Cool + Alabama's pink leopard print leggings... There are too many good things about this film, just watch it!
Paris, Texas Wim Wenders, 1984
|Kurt Cobain's favourite film is an American road movie drenched in melancholia; following a man who once ran away from everything as he seeks to come to terms with himself and what he did by confronting those he turned his back on.|