The palette and colour scheme of Silk Stockings laid out from the very beginning of the film, in the credits: subtle, muted, original, gorgeous. The opposite of the use of primaries in the vibrant ‘glorious’ technicolour then prevalent. Shown to every advantage in the new Warners Archive video.
Followed the screening with Catherine Grant’s great ‘Fated to be Mated: An Architectural Promenade’, which everyone loved. You can see it here:
We’re enraptured by a musical neither of has seen before, 1932’s Love Me Tonight, starring Maurice Chevalier as a charming and roguish Parisian tailor, and Jeanette MacDonald as a princess he falls for. Its soundtrack is peppered with Rodgers and Hart classics, and its stunning audiovisual design is endlessly experimental, expressive and exciting. In amongst our swooning over the film’s many pleasures, we find time to discuss the careers of Chevalier and director Rouben Mamoulian, discuss what makes it a uniquely American form of fairytale, and examine the fascinating censorship and production records made available on Kino Lorber’s special edition Blu-Ray.