Has anyone else seen this film. It was released last year and mostly made during the pandemic. What did you think of it?
The film has a very strong theme, the object of desire drives the whole film. It's a very good lesson in screenwriting to establish this very clearly and early in the story. Everything then follows the journey to obtaining the object of desire, which in this case is the dress.
Interesting snippets from the Q&A with Director Anthony Fabian, Actress, Ellen Thomas (Violet), Editor, Barney Pilling. There are some spoilers here.
It took 10 years from start to finish.
Angela Lansbury played in the TV adaptation in the early 90's
The script took 5 years to write. Anthony started the writing, then brought on another writer and took it as far as they could go, then a third writer and finally a 4th to complete the screenplay.
Set in 1957 to coincide with Dior's 10th anniversary collection.
Dior took two years of heel dragging only agreeing after Isabelle Hupert was cast.
All of the dressed in the fashion show are vintage Dior dresses from their archive except for the three main dresses that were designed by Oscar winning Jenny Beavan who was asked to out design Dior (which she originally said she wouldn't do)
The producers required an A-list lead. Everyone they suggested turned the script down. Only capitulated after Anthony was allowed to send the script to the right actresses who could pull it off, and agreed to greenlight the project after casting Oscar nominee Lesley Manville.
Shot mainly in Hungary due to Covid, as they had a much lower infection rate allowing cast and crew to fly in and out.
Editing was done over Zoom calls between Barney and Anthony. They did not meet till after the film was finished.
Barney had never seen the whole film in a cinema till tonight's screening due to a close bereavement.
There are three books in the trilogy. The next book is Mrs. Harris Goes to New York. (Anthony couldn't be drawn on whether he would make the next book).
Anthony Fabian spent his early childhood in Paris and did not want to portray a cliched Paris.
The strikes in the film are not in the book, they help with the narrative of 'The workers uprising'.
All the actors who are French are played by French actors, unlike the Angela Lansbury version.
Actress Ellen Thomas' father was in the RAF (Royal Air Force).