Roundup: Stylish classic movies

From the August 2, 2012 edition

This week two local summer movie series feature classic films that are as notable for their fashion as for their plotlines — “The Prince and the Showgirl” and “The Birds.” Here’s a look at those and three other movies that put big style ideas on the big screen.

“The Prince and the Showgirl”

Year: 1957

It’s as if Marilyn Monroe’s curves were designed specifically to pull off these gorgeous gowns.

Double feature with “My Week with Marilyn”

Wexner Center for the Arts

7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2

1871 N. High St., Campus

“The Birds”

Year: 1963

The simple elegance of Tippi Hedren’s mint green dress and suit jacket provides a stark visual contrast in her frenetic battle against sadistic birds.

Ohio Theatre

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Aug. 2-3

39 E. State St., Downtown


Year: 1927

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This silent movie spawned the term “It Girl” because audiences loved the star Clara Bow so much. Bow exudes a sexuality that was budding in the 1920s. It’s no surprise she also partly inspired the Betty Boop cartoon character.

“Scarlet Street”

Year: 1945

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A noir classic, “Scarlet Street” features dresses and menswear that move as stealthily as a trail of cigarette smoke.

“The Harder They Come”

Year: 1972

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This reggae film has a cult following because of the influence it and its star Jimmy Cliff had on America’s music scene, but the movie’s gritty street fashion and examples of biker style that weren’t laden in leather makes it even more worth watching.