Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Through the Lens: Prada Candy L'Eau by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

French actress Lea Seydoux stars in Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola's New Wave-inspired promos for Prada's Candy L'eau

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola's collaboration with Prada for the promotion of the brand's new fragrance Candy L'eau will be accompanied by a series of short episodes featuring Lea Seydoux.  The mini film sees Seydoux channeling Jeanne Moreau and draws inspiration from French New Wave cinema of the '60s.

Seydoux explains the story to the Telegraph:
It was Miuccia [Prada]'s choice to work with Wes Anderson on this film, which references [Fran├žois Truffaut's 1962 film] Jules et Jim . I play a girl caught in a threesome between two boys called Julius and Jim. Wes is extremely precise. The film is a comedy, but he doesn't like you to play at comedy. You have to keep things very straight and very clean. It's just the scene that is comic, not you.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Through the Lens: Emilia Clarke as Holly Golightly

Emilia Clarke as Holly Golightly in Richard Greenberg's new stage adaptation of "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Something I love about New York City is the unexpected and sometimes serendipitous nature of certain encounters, whether it's a discovery of people or events.  Yesterday, while walking to meet a friend to go shopping on 5th Ave, I passed the Cort Theater, where a big, glittering marquee in sweeping script read: "BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S."

I immediately stopped to see what this was all about, as I am a fan of the Truman Capote book and Blake Edwards' 1961 film.  I was pleasantly surprised to see everyone's favorite Targaryen Emilia Clarke (of Game of Thrones fame) was playing the lead role of Holly Golightly.

Director Sam Mathias, who directed a version of the play in London in 2009, explained to the New York Times how Clarke landed the part:

He thought he could do even better, he said, and he liked the idea of doing the play in New York. "It's a New York story, it deserves a New York production," he explained. And what appealed to him when Ms. Clarke's name came up was precisely that she was young and unknown.

"In the book Holly is 18 years and 10 months," he pointed out, "and I said to the producers, 'What you really want here is to discover someone new.' Then, when I met Emilia, I got excited by her beauty and her quality. She’s a tremendous mixture of truth and style, of heart and comedy, and you need that for Holly."
I hope to buy tickets to the show, in which case I will be sure to report back.  The play is more of a true adaptation of the book, more so than the film was.  For some nostalgia, see an old entry about a behind-the-scenes look at the film.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Music: Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

Adam Green and Binki Shapiro craft wistful and melodic tunes together.

Adam Green and Binki Shapiro released their debut collaboration earlier this year and it is a great collection of chill music about love gone awry.  I always thought Green's solo work had an old-fashioned pop sensibility to it -- but the somewhat oddball lyrics are a giveaway that the music is of this time (listen to: "Bluebirds," "Emily," "Bible Club").  This same affinity for crafting catchy melodies carries over into his project with Shapiro (who is also part of the trio Little Joy).  They became friends when their respective bands toured together and they began making up songs together in the van, finding kindred spirits in one another.  Shapiro moved from LA to NYC to write with Green.

The pair are well aware of the comparisons to music of times past, but it's not their intention.  From an interview with John Norris for Interview magazine:
NORRIS: So a lot of the narrative so far about the whole album involves comparisons to certain reverb-soaked '60s acts.
SHAPIRO: Yes, they love to do that.
GREEN: We planned it.
NORRIS: It on some songs, I think "Casanova" has some of that feel to it. But there's others are more straightforward, even rock-y tracks as well. How much—whether it's Nancy and Lee or Serge and Jane—were those records even in your heads when working on this, if at all?
SHAPIRO: No comment. [laughs] I don't know. It was kind of the only way that this record was gonna go, because we both are singers and songwriters. So we didn't really have a choice but to make duets. But we've never really been fans of duets.
NORRIS: Or of that era?
GREEN: Well I'm definitely a fan of that era, and we know about all that stuff. But I think all of the duets that are popular and that people play on the radio were, for us, a little more bubble-gummy than what we wanted to make together. So I guess we wanted to make our own version of a duets situation, something that we thought would be artistic. So I guess it just ended up coming out like something that I don't think really sounds like a lot of those things.
NORRIS: So it wasn't going for some kind of revivalist thing?
GREEN: No, I think we kind of took this clinical approach to analyzing a relationship. I just think it's very much me and Binki's aesthetic. And I was never like, "Damn, I'm gonna sing like Lee Hazlewood," or something. [laughs] It's just what happened because me and Binki, we like to try to sing what we thought were pretty songs together. This is just the result of that.
 Check out their music video for catchy tune "Just to Make Me Feel Good":

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