I think Xavier Dolan must have a thing for perfumes mothers wear. In his films, there's often a moment in which the protagonist's mother explains what perfume she's wearing , so I guess this must have something to do with a personal obsession of the director. In this case, Grace (Susan Sarandon) is wearing Nina… Continue reading The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)
Has anyone ever listed the ways Dr. Lecter hates Old Spice after-shave? The popular shaving lotion is mentioned in the 1981 novel by Thomas Harris and ever since. All the Hannibals we've seen on tv or on the silver screen have expressed their hatred for it: the one played by Brian Cox in Manhunter (1985) by… Continue reading Red Dragon (2002)
Deep into his identity theft intrigue, Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) writes a letter to Marge Duval (Gwyneth Paltrow), thus pretending to be Dickie Greenleaf, the girl's fiancée. The typewritten letter then goes into a gift package bearing a very peculiar logo - Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, a historical Florence-based brand. The exact perfume… Continue reading The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
The future Berlin envisioned by Duncan Jones has got an unexpected 1980s touch: a neon sign of LouLou, the famous Cacharel perfume created by Jean Guichard and launched in 1987.
Dorrie (Charlotte Rampling) appreciates Sandy's aftershave. Like a madeleine, that scent brings back memories from her childhood. Sandy (Woody Allen) gets the reference to À la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust and jokingly comments he's wearing Proustian Rush by Chanel. The reason why the French maison has never produced a perfume with such an… Continue reading Stardust Memories (1980)
When Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson) meets Alfred Hitchcock to discuss the role of Marion Crane in his upcoming film Psycho (1960), she focuses on the double identity of the character (a Phoenix secretary who steals $40,000 from her employer's client). She introduces this concept through perfumes: Marion is someone who wears an inoffensive cologne like Lenthéric Tweed… Continue reading Hitchcock (2013)
Mary Price Hilton (Diana Dors) first meets Jim Lancaster (Michael Craig) at the perfume shop where she works as a shop assistant. He falls in love with her perfume, Christmas Rose. It's a fictitious perfume, but I've found out some brands have launched fragrances with the same name. Thinking of Mary's dreamy and idealistic personality,… Continue reading Yield to the Night (1956)
Heather (Carrie MacLemore) and Violet (Greta Gerwig) strongly believe in the life-changing power of perfumes. That's why they decide to send the Doar Dorm boys some scented soaps. Their hope is to turn that bad-smelling dorm into a better place. Dior Dorm sounds great.
One of the most emotional scenes of the film is when Pepper LaBeija, mother of the House of LaBeija, tells how her parents found out she dressed as a girl. Her mother found a fur coat in her closet and realised it was hers from the perfume on it, Jungle Gardenia. Originally launched by Tuvaché… Continue reading Paris Is Burning (1990)
Harry Villiers (Douglas Booth) is one of the members of the despicable Riot Club. He's a self-centred prick but he knows perfumes. He smells Chanel Coco Mademoiselle on Rachel (Jessica Brown Findlay), who confirms that's the perfume she's wearing.