Friday, May 10, 2013

Fashion in Film: Birds, Orphans and Fools/ Vtáčkovia, siroty a blázni (1969) Juraj Jakubisko

By Olivia Maria Hărşan

Birds, Orphans and Fools is just one example taken from the artistic realm of Czechoslovakia's retaliation against the Soviet invasion that marked the end of the Prague Spring. The characters in film portray a childish philosophy to living - foolish and oblivious to the cruelty of the society they inhibit. The colour scheme of the mise-en-scène employs a vintage Type-C print quality where all the warmer hues - reds and yellows - dominate attention from the viewer. 

Again my obsession with the Slovak actress Magdaléna Vášáryová is immediately noticed in this post. Her ability to engage with the camera is exceptional - she owns the screen.

Red textured gloves.

The metaphor of 'flying' is portrayed through the use of the peacock feather and butterfly choker she wears as a headband, not to mention the obvious - the doves in the background.

Lemon yellow headscarf with salmon pink shift.

Facial drawings evoke an almost-Wiccan tone.

Popular look of the time - sherpa knit over a check shirt.

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