“Can we talk about something other than Hollywood for a change?”
You’ve gotta hand it to Spencer; without his taste in movies, I’d be stuck watching cameo-filled blockbusters and dumb rom coms. But hey, I always enjoy what I watch. And I enjoyed this one!
The subject of the next bonus episode is Robert Altman’s Hollywood satire The Player. It follows Griffin Mill, a young Hollywood exec (played by Tim Robbins) who struggles with paranoia about losing his job to a another La La Land exec as well as the the death threats he keeps getting from a mysterious writer with a grudge. He ends up doing something quite rash that only adds to the problems he already had.
Everyone in the film is dressed pretty well, which makes sense considering its full of well-to-do execs, aspiring writers, and famous actors (playing themselves). All of the execs have the Yuppie/corporate look in spades, donning long slouchy DBs, foulard ties, striped shirts, and slick hair. It’s quite a contrast to how suits are worn today in pop culture, many of which are vibrant and very slim fit.
Now the only other Altman film that I’ve seen in its entirety was The Long Goodbye where Philip Marlowe basically wears one outfit the entire film. This one definitely has a lot of fun with the attire. You can clearly see that characters go through different outfits while remaining on a cohesive theme. Obviously, I was particularly enamored with Griffin’s style. He has a strong predilection for DBs, whether its as a full suit or separates. You’ll notice that he, like my Atelier Fugue DB suits, prefers a 4×2 closure with patch pockets, a bit unusual for a corporate look but it looks great nonetheless.
The other execs follow suit (lol) with their own DBs, multi-stripe shirts, and abstract ties. It’s always funny to see how much more interesting corporate style used to be; now we’re stuck with plain, open collar spread collar shirts and electric blue suits. While the movie is clearly very 90s, these exec “uniforms” give off an even older vibe, looking like a 90s does 40s/50s film.
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