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August 13, 2012 3:19 PM Subscribe
I recently watched "Picnic at Hanging Rock," which was made in 1975. I loved that although the movie was set in 1900, the makeup and hair was so 1970s
- long straight middle-parted hair, cats-eye black eyeliner, frosty eyeshadow, an updo that could only have ever been constructed under one of those bubble hairdryers. What are some other "period" movies where the hair and makeup betray the era it was made in?
If I remember correctly, Julie Christie in "Dr Zhivago" also had some serious 1970s eye makeup and bouffant hair. Are there others you can think of?*
Was this practice prevalent in movies from other eras, and the 70s simply stand out to me because of the extreme fashions?
Was this intentional on the part of filmmakers and wardrobe people, so that viewers can 'relate" to characters, or an insistence from actresses to look fashionable?
Are we to this day putting a 21st century aesthetic sheen on historical characters in our movies, or is there more interest in visual / historical authenticity now?
*(Exempting the Converse on Kirsten Dunst's "Marie Antoinette," since that was such an intentional choice on the part of the director)