Waterloo Bridge (1940)

by MARINOVSKA

Running and kissing in the rain, contemplating by the window, love at first sight, in short, all those clichés…. Have you ever wonder where did it come from? Probably you roll your eyes while seeing all of it, repetitively, all over again, thinking “Isn’t there any better idea?” Well, there is not. At least I guess. In order to better understand the mechanisms working in this film, remember that what to us is obvious, once was incredibly new and even scandalous due to social standards and morals. I would like to present an absolute classic, romantic masterpiece, the reason of sobbing in the dark corners of the cinema. No, it’s not Titanic but Waterloo Bridge, an American production from 1940. 

The polish translation of the movie title is “The Goodbye Waltz”, which already brings to mind something nostalgic, ephemeral. These associations are most certainly suitable and will be present during the whole session. How much I adore movies like this one, so pure, so faithful to its genre!!

The story, which has melted my heart down, is about a young ballerina and the soldier, who after first meeting at London’s Waterloo Bridge fell in love in just one day. The historical background of the First World War, the beautiful classical music, the black and white colors all these factors together create the perfect melodramatic tone.

Over the last eighty years, they said everything about Vivian Leigh’s beauty and talent. So let me just add, how amazing was she in this movie! She created a character built and developed so wonderfully, it’s dynamic and moving. Her eyes could play more than other actresses can express through the monologue. This movie is nothing but a harbinger of her acting abilities, which two years later she confirmed in “Gone with the Wind”.

Even though the movie is more than 75 years old, and some conventions faded into oblivion together with the period of war, we can’t help but give the characters an enormous empathy. With indescribable pleasure, I observed the main character surrounded by her dancer-friends who gossip, dream and fall in love just like we do now.


TITLE

WATERLOO BRIGE

DIRECTOR

MERVYN LEROY

COSTUMES

ADRIAN

FAVORITE QUOTE

Roy: The wonderful thing about living is that this sort of thing can happen. In the shadow of a death raid, I can meet you and feel more intensely alive……than walking around in peacetime, taking my life for granted.

Myra: It’s a high price to pay for it.

Roy: I don’t think so.

Myra: I do.



Milan Fashion Map: Via Giardini

by MARINOVSKA

It’s been a while time since I said my first Ciao! in Milan. Although summer has not said its last word yet, fall is approaching inexorably, and you can see it, not by colorful leaves, but by first models appearing on Milanese streets, heralding upcoming madness of Milan Fashion Week.

You feel that you starting to belong to the city, when slowly, slowly, or as an Italian would say piano, piano you are able to create your little routines, you already have your favorite places, and you can help the confused tourists where to go, or even argue with some hand gestures in Italian!

They say that’s no better place to fall in love than Paris, no better place to try delicious dumplings than Poland or no better carnival as it is in Rio! Well… I think that there is no better place to buy and read “Vogue” than Milan! Hence my next little spot on my Milan Fashion Map! It’s a charming newsstand on Via Giardini, near Montenapoleone metro station, next to the Armani Café and a famous monument dedicated to the former president, Sandro Pertini, which looks more like a mini version of those red stairs, that are in Times Square, New York City.

A place very Vogue, very Milan.


Love And other Disasters: what are romantic comedies for? (2006)

by MARINOVSKA

What if Holly Golightly lived in London, and instead of having a ginger nameless cat on her lap she would have the latest edition of Vogue in her hand?

Well, she would look like Brittany Murphy, not Audrey Hepburn, but love for the classic charm would remain. Although the first one, more contemporary to us, runs through English streets in light ballet flats and white male shirt, the latter one ”rocks that Givenchy dress” on Fifth Avenue, both still embody elegance, so wonderful in its simplicity! Excellent simplicity! This expression reflects both heroine’s style and the film itself.

,, Love and Other Disasters“ is a light, pleasant romantic comedy, with rain, London, and beautiful outfits, and the story plot, here again, I repeat: simple and a bit predictable, but then again so charming and humorous, you can let it get away because isn’t a happy ending he domain of the genre? Isn’t that a happy ending the reason why we choose such films in a first place? Let us not be hypocrites and admit the fact. Even superhero films have a storyline so clear (the struggle between good and evil) and even more obvious ending (good wins). So before we judge, let us remember for what type of viewer it was created in the first place; the one who’s looking for entertainment, with a clear moral that can be easily caught throughout the film. What’s wrong with that someone from the screen will tell us simply that love or friendship is important? Nowadays even such banal can be easily forgotten and the 90-minute session may remind us what we have been missing.

Every time I reach for this movie, I feel sorry, we didn’t get to know more on the talent of the actress, which, we must admit, didn’t always have accurate choices for the roles. Nevertheless, Brittany Murphy aka Jacks, creates the most charming, warm character, contemporary Holly, who confronts love with our idea of it.

Sometimes we may get the impression that some scenes or character’s behavior are like taken out of the melodrama. However, I believe this is intentional, and this comedy is nothing but a satire on relationships and people. Fresh and stylish, with humor served in a British way, which with the rest of the movie creates a tasty morsel; exactly what a romantic comedy should be like. Do not look for the hidden meaning where there is not one. In this particular case, look for fashion, and you’ll find one.


Title

Love and other Disasters

Director

Alek Keshishian

Costumes

Michele Clapton

Favorite Quote

Jacks: I keep hoping that I’ll grow into it. That maybe one day I’ll wake up and I’ll feel…
Peter: What?
Jacks: In love! You know, dizzy and feverish and nausea.
Peter: That’s not love, Jacks. That’s the flu.



Milan Fashion Map: Via della Spiga

by MARINOVSKA

Another place on my map, Via della Spiga, is a prettier sister of a very famous and luxurious Via Montenapoleone (the main street leading from Duomo, where one can find numerous boutiques such as Channel, Dior or Valentino). Why prettier? Well, Via Montenapoleone, very popular yet not quite impressive: cars and tourists are everywhere which make leisurely walk almost impossible. On the contrary, Via Della Sprig is più elegante: typical, Italian, quite long and narrow stone alley (luckily heels-friendly). It’s quieter but with equally imposing shop windows like Prada, Dolce&Gabbana or Lanvin. While passing them, we may have the right impression that we almost admire exhibitions of modern art galleries. Boutiques in this area are not favorable to an average pocket, but if you want to feel the trendy and modern atmosphere of the city, you should choose this place, it is not away from the hustle, but it is on out-of-its-way.