Sunday, February 12, 2017

Movie Review: East Side, West Side (1949)

The Movie:  7 (on a scale of -10 to 10).  A self-absorbed loser has to come to terms with being a self-absorbed loser as his friends and family gradually stop making excuses for him.  A little slow, but overall a good depiction of mature people handling this sort of situation well-- thinking long and hard to give the self-absorbed loser a fair shake, but ultimately coming the the conclusion that he's just not worth it.  Carolyn Hax and Captain Awkward would be proud.

The Clothes:  8 (on a scale of 1 to 10).  The wife gets some awesome suits, the femme fatales get some awesome evening dresses, and there's a scene with live modeling in a department store (department store?). It's great to see late 40's dresses, ones that have started to become more structured, but before skirt volume got completely out of hand.  It also gave me perspective on what strapless sheath dresses with tulle overlays looked like in action.  On pattern envelopes, they look incredibly lame, but in motion, they look amazingly sexy. 

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