Saturday, March 18, 2006

Great Clothes on Film II

Ginger: I should've never married Sam. He's a Gemini, TRIPLE Gemini. Gemini's a snake, you can't trust the snake.

The clothes and jewelry worn by Sharon Stone in the movie "Casino" are practically characters themselves. Certainly, wardrobe defined the character of Ginger McKenna, ex-hooker wife of sports-gaming whiz Sam "Ace" Rothstein (Robert DeNiro). There were gold lurex gowns for casino-hustler Ginger, a full-length chinchilla coat (so practical for Las Vegas, doncha know) and a suitcase full of Bulgari jewelry for purchased-bride Ginger, and leather mini-suits for adulterous abusive-mom Ginger. As worn by Stone, who was incredibly chic before she was hit by the crazy stick, these outfits make 70s fashion seem very glamorous. Heck, Stone even makes a pair of white vinyl boots look good. The movie's fashion reality check comes with the men's costumes, which includes leisure suits and polyester, lest we forget just how awful 70s styles really were.

The movie's pretty good too: it's full of corruption, mob violence, Joe Pesci hitting everyone else with his crazy stick, many creative uses of the F-word, and James Woods rendered even scarier than usual by some 70s facial hair. There are several Las Vegas in jokes: for example, Oscar Goodman, the current mayor of Las Vegas and the real life lawyer for Tony Spilotro, the real-life wiseguy who inspired Pesci's role, plays a judge cracking down on the mob. Ginger gets a lot of screen time for a movie mob wife and she doesn't spend it in the background wringing her hands at her husband's bad behavior, like Kay Corleone in "The Godfather." No, she goes out and behaves almost as badly as the men do. Now there's a role-model for you!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wasn't she gorgeous back then, and the dresses are fab, too. Shame she chose roles like Sliver and Diabolique and fell off the scene as quickly as she hit it.

Ah, the leisure suit, ruffled shirts and baby blue Tuxes. Scary!