Monday, October 6, 2014

Lolita 52 Challenge Week 2 - 5 Movies for Lolitas

This week's topic has been discussed quite a bit on various blogs, though most of the general consensus is that period films are excellent for lolitas due to the costuming. The most inspirational movies are those which do not deviate much from true period fashion and therefore provide glimpses into a world which can only truly be viewed via paintings and fashion plates. To mix it up I'll be hoping to stray a bit away from the usual cinematic suggestions like Marie Antoinette or The Duchess despite the amazing quality of such works. Though period films are not absent from my list, I hope that they will be a twist on the usual period romance films which are so popular in the lolita community.

In no particular order:

 Anna Karenina (2012)
The classic story of tragic love written by Leo Tolstoy was made into a stunning film in 2012. The film removes the audience from the cinema and into the theater with its illusionistic scene changes. Not only are the costumes visually stunning, but the world itself seems to construct and deconstruct itself before the audience's eyes. A true visual feast!

L'Illusionniste (2010)
A film about a down-on-his-luck magician and the young girl he meets in a small town who is convinced that his illusions are really magic. The father-daughter relationship which evolves in this dialogue-less film made me laugh and cry. The animation style is absolutely stunning, and the music sets up each scene beautifully. It's guaranteed to warm your heart and at times break off little pieces, but in the end is utterly charming. 

The Woman in Black (2012)
With Halloween just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than with a spooky Edwardian haunting? This film has all the elements of a scary classic - the isolated and rundown mansion which was sure to have been stunningly beautiful once, mysterious villagers, conspiracy theories, and a spirit bent on revenge. There are plenty of creepy hallway scenes, dogs barking at nothing, and jump scares to satisfy even the most gothic of lolitas. 

Coco Avant Chanel (2009)
This beautiful French film documents the life of Coco Chanel prior to her rise to fame as one of the most prolific designers of all time. The young Coco struggles with her background and poor circumstances as she fights for recognition in a male-dominated arena. Within this film she bids farewell to the smoky bar singer and steps into high society to become the genius we know today. A must-watch for fashionistas - especially those interested in evolution of fashion. 

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Quotable, witty, and sure to steal your fashion-loving heart, The Devil Wears Prada is an instant classic. Not only are the clothes amazing and the scenes gorgeous (we all know we'd love to work in Miranda's office), but the larger validation of the fashion industry really hits it home. An older coming-of-age style story wherein a young woman grows into herself reminds us that we are all capable of becoming the most confident and therefore beautiful versions of ourselves. 

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