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Suggestion: #Atribute: why Martin Scorsese shot a short for Armani?

17 Mar Martin Scorsese for Armani

Hi dudes! In these days Italian designer Giorgio Armani turns 40 years of his career. So I’m glad to post something special that sum up his career through a documentary by the big icon Martin Scorsese! I love watching old videos showing the evolution of something or someone now so different from the past and watching this one, it makes me think about how the society is changing so fast because something good for times ago, now is absolutely old-fashoned not only for clothes, but also about values and behaviours. The part of the video I prefer is about the evolution of the women’s jacket, it’s a great change fot the typical fashion in the 80s (jackets had that horrible shoulder pad!).


Short: Giuseppe Tornatore & Co.

29 Dic

Surfing the net looking for something particular, as usual I was fascinated by the mix between cinema and fashion. This time I found out the reason why Italy has a certain stereotype abroad, I mean, Italians are always crazy, friendly and “sunny”, they love big family, they live in big family and they love drinking and eating in good company! Actually all those things were typical till the 60s, that are the economic Golden Age of Italy. Now all changed, especially in the North, in fact the South has always been more friendly. But the stereotype lasted over time thanks to the cinema and its directors, but also thanks to fashion and its well-experienced stylists. Here below Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) shot two spots for Dolce&Gabbana, getting inspired by Sicily, because it’s an Italian brand. I love D&G spots, because they have the power to grow up the old style Italian unconscious (so growing up the stereotype too). Soundtrack by Ennio Morricone in the name of the genuine Italian old style!

Here below another D&G spot by Giuseppe Tornatore starring Monica Bellucci, the woman who best represents the D&G kinda woman.

But also clothes’ style gets inspired by the Italian 50s in D&G mood and the testimonials are all genuine Italians: Monica Bellucci and Bianca Balti. This time the spot’s by Giampaolo Sgura for the S/S collection 2012.

And the S/S collection 2012 Man Campaign starring Beppe Fiorello and Chiara Francini named La Bella Estate.

And even if Dolce&Gabbana have decided to shot a spot thanks to Martin Scorsese with American actors Scarlett Johansonn and Matthew McConaughey, the soundtrack by Mina creates the right Italian atmosphere.

Another typical Italian music by Mina was used for the D&G spot starring Laetitia Casta.

Review: Mademoiselle C

29 Giu Review: Mademoiselle C

I think images are the best way to learn ever. So why don’t create a review with almost only images? And this is the perfect time to do that, because we’re talking about fashion world and one of his guru, ex editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, Carine Roitfeld. While cameras are filming Carine’s work for the future film, she’s dedicating herself to a personal project to found a new fashion magazine called CR Fashion Book , a magazine devoted to her visionary sartorial fantasies. Review: Mademoiselle C

Carine decided to collaborate with the director Fabien Constant on the documentary Mademoiselle C for two reasons: to record the development of CR, and to show, unlike some other infamous documentaries, that ‘fashion can actually be quite a nice world’. The video below will show you the main important people around Carine and her job.

Carine had to leave her job on Vogue Paris for this kinda photos: children with adults attitudes.

Review: Mademoiselle C

Review: Mademoiselle C

“I’m Parisian. It shows in my style and in the style of my photos”

Carine’s work’s based on take photos and give new perspective of daily themes such as childhood, birth, maternity, death and others similar.

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Carine is showing to the model the movements to do to seem as much as possible an angel

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Here theme of death. This shooting was taken in a real cemetery










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This photo was shot while the baby was pissing on the girl’s skirt!


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Theme of the family in the countryside, in a pastoral perspective












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This is the pregnant Carine’s daughter used to develop maternity’s theme


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Maternity theme









Review: Mademoiselle C

Cinderella by Dina Goldstein

I think many photos get inspired by a Canadian photographer Dina Goldstein who usually desecrates Disney cartoons, like Carine has right done in the pic below filming Sleeping Beauty.

Review: Mademoiselle C

The waitress in the corner is the personal one of Lagerfeld









This documentary is just like all the others about fashion, such as Valentino “The Last Emperor”, Lagerfeld Confidential, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, so all of these show us fashion backstages before catwalks, where all work of people behind the scenes is always a race against time, where all fashion stylists are like geniuses who always have nothing to regret, living with a passing and rich people always have nothing important to say. So fashion is always linked to affluence.

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Donatella Versace is talking with Carine about a Cocktail Ring

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Karl Lagerfeld is showing to the grandma Carine how much he likes babies









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Sarah Jessica Parker, Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld

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“I’ve a very calm life: after 30 years I’m still with the same man”. Carine aims that her erotical shots are only pure fantasies by her artistic imagination and not real experiences

In the end all kinda fashion documentaries seem the same but Made In Milan by Martin Scorsese. In fact Giorgio Armani gives us a different perspective of fashion, where showbiz is far far away from his art vision and his lifestyle: so no famuos people, no portrait of an iron man without fears, but a great art genius, remembering his poor childhood, his roots and the birth of his passion linked to cinema (“Life is like a movie and the clothes are like costumes”. “I have always paid much attention to the past of cinema, which for us kids was the only form of entertainment. I wanted to be a director“.).

Review: Mademoiselle C

Irriverent Carine just like Chanel

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Shot for CR Fashion Book cover

Armani prefers an intimate way of working, paying attention to the materials, to the new trends, according to his point of view about fashion and elegance. He makes fashion and trends starting from simple ideas, as changing the way of wearing a jacket and its fit. Carine thinks up a different way of seeing fashion, instead of creating fashion. Why she’s called Mademoiselle C? Because she gets inspired by Coco Chanel, an icon of irreverence and reinvention. Though her status was not as muddied as Chanel’s, her often erotically charged style, dubbed ‘porno-chic’ and escapist approach to fashion was deemed out of keeping with the realities of the recession. 

Review: Mademoiselle C

“I think you can always surpass yourself”.


Review: Mademoiselle C

Taking a photo for CR Fashion Book







I like fashion and art and Carine’s works as a photographer and journalist. But I think many ideas behind a project can’t be understood sometimes at all, maybe because the artist have not a real idea on what do.



Shorts: Made In Milan

21 Giu

Luckily I discovered this interesting 1990 short-documentary by Martin Scorsese about fashion Italian designer Giorgio Armani preparing for a show and discusses his ideas about fashion, his family history and the city of Milan. Watching lot of documentaries about fashion designers such as Mademoiselle C, Valentino “The Last Emperor”, Lagerfeld Confidential and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, I think Made in Milan is not only the best for settings and the way is shot by the director. But also because it bestows intimacy and human sensibility on Giorgio Armani. While all the others stylists seem perfect gods living in high-society, Scorsese prefers to sketch Armani’s job according his shy nature.

Di documentari sul mondo della moda e dei guru che lo popolano ne ho visti abbastanza: Mademoiselle C, Valentino “L’ultimo Imperatore”, Diana Vreeland, Lagerfeld Confidential, ma nessuno è stato capace di sorprendermi come Made in Milan (1990) di Martin Scorsese. Questo corto-documentario segue l’arte dello stilista italiano più famoso al mondo, Giorgio Armani, che ha cominciato il suo lavoro nella piccola e internazionale Milano. Qui non si parla di eventi mondani e sfilate preparate in lotta continua contro il tempo; Scorsese ha voluto dare alle immagini il giusto peso, cadenzandole tranquillamente, in linea con la personalità riservata dello stilista, lasciando spazio al suo racconto del passato e agli ideali di bellezza che più lo animano. Rigore e intimità dominano le passerelle di Armani.


Interview: Martin Scorsese on Cabiria

17 Giu

Martin Scorsese talks about Cabiria. Cabiria (1914) was the second silent kolossal in the world shot in Turin, Italy, by Giovanni Pastrone, after Quo Vadis?. The film is set in ancient Sicily, Carthage, and Cirta during the period of the Second Punic War. Italian author Gabriele d’Annunzio contributed to the screenplay writing all of the intertitles and naming all characters and the movie itself. The film was noted as being the first popular film to use the tracking shot – the camera is mounted on a dolly allowing it to both follow action and move within a film set or location. In June 1914, Cabiria became the first motion picture to be screened on the grounds of the White House when a screening on the lawn was viewed by President Wilson and his family. Cabiria was remade in 1931, with Pastrone serving as producer and the restored version was screened on 27 May 2006 at the Cannes Film Festival, featuring a filmed introduction by director Martin Scorsese.

  Interview: Martin Scorsese on CabiriaCabiria, girato a Torino nel 1914 da Giovanni Pastrone, è stato il secondo kolossal di cinema muto più conosciuto al mondo dopo Quo Vadis?.
Il film è ambientato in Sicilia durante la Seconda Guerra Punica. Gabriele D’Annunzio si occupò delle didascalie letterarie che se all’epoca donavano un’atmosfera decadente tipica della sua epoca, oggi appaiono piuttosto enfatiche e accademiche “le più spaventosamente letterarie e mistificanti della storia del cinema”. Gli venne inoltre attribuito il merito dell’intera sceneggiatura per questioni di marketing. Pastrone riuscì a innovare il cinema muto sia dal punto di vista formale che tecnico: abbattendo la fissità dei “quadri animati” che avevano caratterizzato il cinema fino ad allora: invece di raccontare con le consuete inquadrature lunghe e fisse, che si ispiravano alla visione di un palcoscenico teatrale (autarchiche, cioè dove l’azione aveva inizio e si concludeva), iniziò a frammentare le scene in più inquadrature da diversi punti di vista, sviluppando quindi il montaggio. Inoltre fu l’inventore del carrello, brevettato due anni prima, che gli permetteva di muovere la cinepresa sulla scena, creando dei movimenti della macchina da presa che vanno oltre la semplice “riquadratura”. Pastrone infatti faceva muovere la macchina non solo a destra e a sinistra, in panoramiche, ma anche avanti e indietro, obliquamente, in profondità, creando l’effetto dinamico allora mai visto della visione che “entrava” nella scena, coinvolgendo molto più emotivamente lo spettatore. Cabiria venne restaurato nel 2006 e presentato in occasione del Festival di Cannes, introdotto da un discorso del regista americano Martin Scorsese. Una curiosità: appena dopo l’uscita del film, Cabiria venne trasmesso alla Casa Bianca per l’allora presidente Wilson.

News: True wolf: which one?

24 Feb
We have two different wolfs in Wall Street: Jordan Belfort, alias Leonardo DiCaprio, and his boss, Matthew McConaughey. The most istrionic and iconic scene in the film is the chest-beating by McConaughey. This scene came when DiCaprio saw McConaughey casually beating his chest and humming a rhythm before going on stage and then he decided with Scorsese to put it into the film. Actually McConaughey chest-beating is his personal mantra to focus himself before going into any performance.
In particular in the scene setted in a fancy New York restaurant, McConaughey explained the secret of success in Wall Street to young Jordan and with is chest-beating shows him how can be mad and innatural the financial world, where a man have to go beyond his limits.    

Due lupi dominano Wall Street negli anni ’80. Tratto da una storia vera, quella del broker finanziario Jordan Belfort interpretato da Leonardo DiCaprio, la scena del film che più ha animato i fan di Scorsese e di The wolf of Wall Street è l’istrionica scena del boss del giovane Belfort, interpretato in un brevissimo cameo da Matthew MacConaughey. 
La scena è nata da un’osservazione casuale fatta da DiCaprio e dal regista a telecamere spente mentre McConaughey si preparava per l’interpretazione. Infatti questo gesto di battersi il petto e intonare una marcia ritmica che si vede nella scena qui sopra, non è altro che il mantra dell’attore utilizzato ogni volta che deve interpretare un personaggio in qualsiasi film, fatto ad hoc per darsi la carica e per abbattere la sua innata emotività.

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