20th Century Women Style

I just watched the movie 20th Century Women. So good. It’s deeply moving and well acted. I especially appreciate the care that went into the design of the movie. I love the color combinations and how scenes are composed.

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Certain scenes feel inspired by the photographer Stephen Shore. Screen Shot 2017-04-01 at 10.37.58 AM

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I noticed all the wall colors, lamps, and fabric choices.
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I love the wardrobe choices for the character played by Greta Gerwig. The character tells us that she decided to color her hair red after seeing the movie The Man Who Fell To Earth. (BTW — we have that DVD at the library)

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A few times throughout the movie they use this 3D coloring effect. It makes it feel so real to the time period. I was 11 years old in 1979. I clearly remember wearing paper 3D glasses as a child and looking at photos that looked like this. Screen Shot 2017-04-01 at 10.49.06 AM

The librarian in me appreciates all the references made to books and movies throughout the film. The image below is from a New York magazine article where the filmmaker, Mike Mills, shares seven things that inspired 20th Century Women. Check it out.sisterhood book

Jimmy Carter’s Crisis of Confidence speech plays an important role in the movie. It’s worth a re-listen. I ♥ Jimmy Carter.

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Jimmy Carter’s Full “Crisis of Confidence” Speech (July 15, 1979)

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The movie is set in a time before the internet. People got together and talked face to face. Let’s all resolve to have more dinner parties —  but without the cigarette smoking.

xo jam

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2 thoughts on “20th Century Women Style

  1. Mallory Kender April 2, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    Hi Jennifer! I was excited to read your post about this film– it’s definitely my favorite of recent years. I love seeing the stills you chose. I have a big crush on Mike Mills (and Miranda July, naturally), and I heard a few interviews with him when the movie was released. I believe both of them talk about his choices regarding the styling of the film, and specific pieces of wardrobe and set design. I don’t know if you’re an audio person, but I’ll paste some links below in case you are interested in listening. Cheers to more dinner parties, sans cigarettes! Mallory

    Fresh Air interview:
    http://www.npr.org/2016/12/19/506137458/mike-mills-grapples-with-his-mothers-tricky-ghost-in-20th-century-women

    Bullseye with Jesse Thorn:
    http://www.maximumfun.org/bullseye/bullseye-jesse-thorn-pete-holmes-and-mike-mills

    • recovergirl April 3, 2017 / 7:34 am

      Hey Mallory,
      Thanks for reading my post and leaving a comment. I’m home today doing housework. I’ll give them both a listen. Thanks! Def more dinner parties! xo jam

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