perfumes in movies

Klute (1971)

klute_bornunicornBree Daniels (Jane Fonda) is a busy girl: she’s an aspiring actress and model who lives in New York and is always tight on money, so she works as a call girl, too. Her flat is tiny but perfectly shows her personality. Her bedside table and vanity are visible for some moments and this gives the audience the chance to see what’s sitting on them.

pondscoldcream1_bornunicornOn her bedside table there’s a jar of Pond’s cold cream. The leaf logo is positioned at the centre of the front label, but I couldn’t find any picture of this exact jar.

On the vanity there’s a large perfume bottle. The bottle and the stopper are decorated with a houndstooth motif, so it’s a Christian Dior eau de toilette or eau de cologne. The front label is not visible, so it’s impossible to know the fragrance actually present on set [1]. It could be Miss Dior (created by Paul Vacher and Jean Carles in 1947), Diorissimo (the lily-of-the-valley classic by Edmond Roudnitska launched in 1956), Diorama (another Roudnitska creation from 1948) or even Diorling (a chypre creation by Paul Vacher launched in 1963). I think Bree would wear Diorling, the most modern among the aforementioned fragrances. What is your guess?

[1] In case you were wondering why Diorella isn’t among my guesses: it was launched in 1972, one year after the film was released. Diorella would be such a perfect match for Bree!

2 thoughts on “Klute (1971)”

  1. Ha! I was just about to chide you for overlooking Diorella when I saw your footnote. Good catch!

    BTW, is that a pencil sketch of John F. Kennedy on her wall? That seems a little odd.

    1. Lol, I know, right? Diorella would have been perfect here.

      Yes, I have noticed that drawing. I think it could be a work by Bree herself. We never see her drawing but we know she’s got an artistic attitude

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