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Three versions of a scene I am thinking about. I've tried this move almost a dozen times. The footage is of John Barrymore (b&w) and Stewart Granger (color) playing Beau Brummell. The guy in the middle is Charles Boyer playing the General in "The Earrings of Madame de". An amazingly good movie.

Some incidental music Mozart composed for the play "King Thamos".

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Comment by BlancheNoE on October 13, 2010 at 7:44am
What this made me think of : The fall of Rome was possibly directly related to the rise in fashion consciousness.
Now do one with the ladies,...a period equivalent of a Chihuahua on the arm and a vagina sewn to the face as lips,...maybe use Wagner's Bridal Chorus.
Hey, don't look at me like that, you make me think this stuff,.....or maybe it's the Gabapentin, I don't know, but that sure is cool, Geoff.
Comment by flophousepoodle on October 13, 2010 at 11:26am
Beyond the columns, up the pinstrips and round the button hole : )........!
Comment by flophousepoodle on October 13, 2010 at 11:39am
I like all three, actor two is great with the silkiness, mirror and cuz I just plucked so can relate on a deeply personal deep super deep level. It would be hard to choose between beginning columns. The transition after the weave looks like chalk stripes on paper? To narrow to the correct width before twisting into suit? I'm I reading that right? Very cool, all.
Comment by Geoff on October 13, 2010 at 12:31pm
Amy, it is an actual fact that some upper class Romans linked imperial decline to fashion. Young men started wearing clothing with sleeves instead of togas which leave the arms bare. Barbarians wore sleeves. Adopting barbarian dress indicated that young people had turned frivolous and irresponsible.

flop, you'll definitely see Charles Boyer, the second actor, again. (Note he also is at a mirror.) The stripes you thought were chalk are actually fabric--I think the tailors call it chalk stripe! In any case you've given me an idea about how to do without it. The transition from bolt of chalk stripe cloth to pinstripe suit really is too minor to include. I hadn't see that because I was too busy counting stripes (eleven) and matching them up.

The first set of columns is properly weathered (I've also got them in greyscale). The second set are from Piranesi and I had hoped to include more of his stuff to go with the Dore. I am a little afraid that it might be pretty hard to "read" the column. Piranesi's imaginary prison stuff doesn't work as well as I'd thought, and his Roman ruins are somehow too specific and complicated. I love the curving arcade of the last set of pillars and I think I can bring out a lot of tonal loveliness in the greys with some work, but it looks Roman and fresh, rather than weathered.

I think I'm on top of the main issues now and I'm gonna move on to other effects for a bit. btw, the final move may actually be reversed: Dandy to Greece rather than Greece to Dandy.
Comment by lima on October 13, 2010 at 4:00pm
I always think of pompeii when I see pillars...

what made you think of pinstripe clothes from pillars? was it the pin and ink picture @ 35 seconds that triggered this idea?
Comment by S.A. Murray on October 14, 2010 at 12:37pm
A good tailor can conceal may flaws,
but a GREAT Tailor can make you look 20 lbs lighter :-º
Comment by Geoff on October 16, 2010 at 12:52pm
Lima, I'm gonna respond to you in a video.

Scott, you know damn well that Syd wouldn't put up with any of Taylor's shennanigans so stop trying to make trouble!
Comment by S.A. Murray on October 16, 2010 at 3:24pm
@ Geoff .. your dyslexia is showing ;)



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