'Roman Holiday' (1953); 'To Catch a Thief' (1955)
Sunday, August 24, 2014
7:00 pm - 10:45 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater
What I Really Do Is Magic: Edith Head and Hollywood Costume Design
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Tickets: $10 online. $9 general admission. $8 non-UCLA students, seniors, UCLA Alumni Association members (with valid ID). Free for UCLA students (with valid ID).
'Roman Holiday' (1953) Directed by William Wyler. Audrey Hepburn’s princess, weary of tedious diplomatic duties during a visit to Rome, joyfully tours the city incognito with her newfound “friend” (Gregory Peck), an undercover reporter. Capitalizing on the dramatic situation and the demands of location shooting, Edith Head designed tastefully understated clothes that established willowy Hepburn as an international fashion icon in an age that privileged curvaceous figures. 35mm, b/w, 118 min.
'To Catch a Thief' (1955) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. By all accounts costume designer Edith Head’s favorite project, this story of a reformed jewel thief implicated in a series of robberies on the French Riviera afforded ample opportunity for “costume-as-dialogue,” as wealthy socialite Grace Kelly pursues glamorous, reformed, jewel thief Cary Grant. Masquerading, flirting, concealing and revealing make up the very vernacular of this stylish romp. 35mm, color, 103 min.