Recent graduate Anne Welles starts working at a theatrical agency but soon learns how cruel and ruthless the world of theatre is. She’s ready to quit but changes her mind after meeting her boss’s business partner, Lyon Burke (Paul Burke).
On their first meeting she drops her handbag on the floor and one of her make-up items is left on the office carpet.
Lyon picks it up: it’s a lipstick. Funny how he immediately checks the shade on the bottom of the tube.
The shade is Barely Pink, a real shade by Revlon! It was part of the Colors on the Naked Side 1963 collection, which included “barely-there pales with a ladylike lustre.”
If you are into nude pink shades or are a fan of the Mark Robson film, you’re lucky: Barely Pink is still produced by Revlon.
Thanks to Kristel Eliana for submitting this post.
Somayeh (Alice Rahimi) tries a skin cream she finds in the bathroom of one of her clients.
On a shelf by the window there’s a bottle of Versace Dylan Blue Pour Femme, a floral fruity fragrance created by Calice Becker and Natalie Gracia-Cetto and launched in 2017. The blue jar with gold cap it sits on could be part of the bodycare line of the Versace perfume.
On the same shelf there’s another perfume from an Italian brand: it’s Florence by Roberto Cavalli, a floral fragrance launched in 2017 and created by Marie Salamagne.
This portrait of Ava Gardner was taken in the late 1940s in the bedroom of her Nichols Canyon cottage in Los Angeles. Besides the Degas print on the wall and some framed family photos, what has caught my attention are the perfume bottles on the dresser. I have identified three of them.
One of the first bottles from the left is Lanvin Arpège extrait, with the square bakelite stopper. This fragrance was created by Paul Vacher and Andre Fraysse and launched in 1927.
There’s also a flacon bouchon coeur by Guerlain. It has been used to house several fragrances but this one is likely to be Mitsouko, one of Gardner’s favourite scents. This chypre fruity fragrance was created by Jacques Guerlain and launched in 1919.
On the far right there’s Fleurs de Rocaille by Caron. Housed in a beautiful urn-shaped bottle designed by Félicie Vanpouille, this floral aldehyde fragrance was created by Ernest Daltroff and launched in 1934.
Right after meeting his estranged wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) at her workplace, the Nakatomi Corporation in Los Angeles, NYPD detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) freshens up in an office bathroom. It’s nice to see there are two interesting fragrances by the washbasin.
There’s a huge splash bottle of Givenchy Gentleman eau de toilette, a 1974 fragrance created by Paul Lèger.
There’s also a regular bottle of Giorgio Beverly Hills Pour Homme, launched in 1984.
I love when some props recur as trademark objects in a director’s filmography. This is definitely the case of Joanna Hogg and Penhaligon’s Bluebell eau de toilette, which can be seen in Julie’s hotel bedroom but makes its appearance in The Souvenir Part II, too, as a fragrance young Julie uses.