CANNES, France – Can a pop star’s dress sense translate to a film’s box office success?
Fresh off the red-carpet waves at the Cannes Film Festival, Disney starlet Emily Browning is on the hunt for her next role. The 24-year-old is best known for playing the part of Belle in Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” which was released last year.
The actress says her Hollywood style has helped her secure numerous film roles and that her dress choices are often linked to her characters’ personalities. She adds that there’s “always room for fashion” in Hollywood.
In an effort to expand her acting portfolio, Browning has set her sights on securing roles in major motion pictures. However, as she’s now become a fashion icon in her own right, she may have to look elsewhere for these sorts of parts.
Pressed for time while at the glamorous Cannes Film Festival, where she was spotted in a revealing dress that almost everyone agreed was on par with the silver screen siren’s style, we decided to put her stylishness to the test and see if her fashion choices can help her secure a role in the blockbuster movie of the year. We put her talent to the test by screening her a list of movie roles according to her dress code and asked if she could play the part.
Here’s the result:
While on the hunt for her second feature film, “The Hunt,” director Martin Scorsese has put Browning’s Hollywood style to the test and asked her to play the part of a British woman on the run for two escaped convicts during the Second World War. The huntress-like part was written especially for the English-speaking starlet, but she doesn’t need much time to learn the lines since she has two weeks to film the whole thing.
Based on the 1936 novel by Agatha Christie, “The Hunt” is one of the most iconic and beloved mysteries ever made. Set in the English countryside during the height of the Second World War, the movie tells the story of a group of friends who become dangerously entangled in a mystery that threatens their lives.
Browning was selected for the part because of her unique look. The actress was born in England and moved to the United States when she was a young child. Her parents are both English, and she has an older brother. After appearing in several small films at the beginning of her career, she quickly rose to fame when she was cast as Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney’s live action remake of the animated classic. Since then, she has appeared in a number of big budgeted blockbusters, including “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Great Gatsby,” and the upcoming “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
The Truman Show
Another major motion picture with a special place in cinema history is Peter Weir’s 1999 epic, “The Truman Show.” The film tells the story of Truman Capote and his reclusive life as the town of Seaside, California, slowly discovers the extent of his talent for telling stories. Based on the 1969 novel by Truman Capote, “The Truman Show” was nominated for a total of seven Academy Awards, winning three, including Best Adapted Screenplay.
We can see why “Truman Show” was so successful when we consider its impeccable pedigree. The screenplay was written by Eric Roth, who also directed the blockbuster hit “Sliding Doors,” while the director’s cut is available on Blu-ray. Tom Hanks played the lead role of Truman Capote, and the movie also stars an Academy Award-winning Helena Bonham Carter, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Imperioli. The cast also includes Alec Baldwin, who plays Capote’s assistant, Chip.
The story centres on Truman Capote’s efforts to create an “authentic” American life for himself. Inspired by real events and people, the reclusive author spends a lot of time observing and listening to the people around him. He wants to create a story for the townspeople so that they remember him by name and recognize his talent. He also wants to study human nature and how others perceive him.
What’s interesting about “Truman Show” is that, unlike most of the other stories on our list, there are no links to the character’s outfits in the film’s plot. As a result, perhaps unsurprisingly, the clothes worn by the central character have become a focus of the story. While we don’t get a clear look at Truman Capote’s wardrobe in the movie, we do see clips of Michael Jackson’s classic album, “Bad,” which serves as the soundtrack to the movie. Perhaps fittingly, Jackson guest-starred in the show, playing himself in the first episode. Even more impressively, the character’s outfits were designed by Christian Dior’s fashion director, Cecile Dziamba.
If you thought we were done with Hollywood’s style icons after the above examples, then think again. We’re just getting started. We also need to ask: does fashion equal style? We think so. So, it seems only fitting that our next example should be a movie about aliens.
This year’s edition of the Paris Fashion Week was devoted to aliens, in the form of both the creatures and the clothes worn by them. The designer behind the trends is Luce Barthe, and her work is dedicated to bringing fashion and aliens together. We especially love her designs for female aliens, which she showed during the fashion week.
The movie in question is “Glittering Galaxies,” which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and follows the adventures of Grace, a young photographer who becomes obsessed with photographing aliens after seeing an advanced space photograph. She eventually finds herself in a race to save the Earth from an intergalactic terrorist named Zolten, who wants to destroy it in favor of a utopia where only he and his followers will live. In the process, Grace learns that being fashionable is a great way to gain allies and access to information.
Barthe designed the outfits for Grace, who is played by Natalie Dormer. We can see why she wanted to work with Dormer. The actress, who is best known for her roles in “Game of Thrones” and “The Tudors,” has an incredible fashion sense, and Barthe was able to showcase it in a way that would not have been possible had Dormer not agreed to the project.
We couldn’t close this list without including a movie that was actually inspired by a video game. It’s not often that we get to see a movie about a video game before the console is even released, but “Tomboy” is one of those rare occasions. It’s also one of the few movies on our list that was actually made with a view to releasing in theaters. Unfortunately, though, the movie didn’t do well at the box office and was mostly forgotten by the public, which is a real shame, because it definitely has talent behind it.
The movie is based on the PlayStation game of the same name and follows the story of Mario, a young boy who desperately wants to be like his idol, Yoshi. Things go wrong when Mario’s crush, Ellie, tells him that she thinks he’s cute but also annoying. Angry, he shuts down, and things spiral out of control when he loses his temper and injures someone.
It was director Jake Schreiber’s ambition to make a movie that would appeal to both male and female audiences. Judging from the positive critical reaction and the fact that Schreiber achieved this, it’s clear that he succeeded. For our money, “Tomboy” is one of the most beautifully crafted and satisfying films of the year. It would also make a great addition to anyone’s Netflix queue.
There have been quite a few examples above of how fashion can influence film. However, it doesn’t always have to. Sometimes, it’s the other way around.
Take a look at the trailer for “A Fantastic Woman,” which was released last year and tells the story of Christine. The character, which was inspired by the photographer Andres Serrano, is a transgender bus driver who works for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. She has a crush on a male commuter named Oswald and desperately wants to be his girlfriend, even though he has never shown any interest in her. She is determined to win him over, which she does, much to her own surprise.