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December 7th, 2008

Shoes in the Movies: “Frost/Nixon”

Today’s LA Times offers a great story on fashion in this season’s films. In

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The clothes make the character,” fashion critic Booth Moore reviews fashion in “Revolutionary Road,” “Milk,” and other films. Moore highlights the foot fashion in “Frost/Nixon,” writing,

Costumes draw the battle lines in “Frost/Nixon,” about the 1977 TV interviews in the wake of Watergate, starring the incredible Frank Langella and Michael Sheen. Sheen plays dandy British talk show host Frost in Savile Row-style suits, wide ties and even wider collars…. Frost, forerunner to the metrosexual, is too well-dressed in Nixon’s opinion, his Gucci loafers too effeminate. “I think a man should wear shoes with laces,” one of Nixon’s trusty aides says. The shoes become a defining point of difference between the two men, between Nixon and a generation he never understood. But in the end, it’s those shoes that bring the characters together in what might be the most poignant moment in the film.

Oh, how very far we’ve come from those days when having to tighten laces apparently proved that you were the proud owner of a Y chromosome. (I don’t get that. Are women too weak to tighten their own laces? Puh-lease.) Laces? Velcro? Hooks? Sure! This is a equal-closure-opportunity kind of world.


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