This film has haunted the imagination of cinephiles since its release, thanks to its eerie atmosphere, suspended in the symbolical middle earth of adolescence and tainted by death.
Some of the scenes set in the bedroom of the Lisbon sisters have often piqued the interest of beauty lovers too, fascinated by the many beauty products and perfume bottles featured in them. During all these years I tried to identify some of the bottles from the screencap above, but always failed. Until today.
The bottle on the far left definitely looks like Dana Heaven Sent, created by Loc Dong and launched in 2001. But there’s a problem here, since the film was released two years earlier.
But there’s an explanation! This perfume was originally launched by Helena Rubinstein in 1941, so I believe Sofia Coppola’s prop masters chose a vintage perfume for the shot above. After all, you can see the original and the re-launched fragrances basically have the same bottle.
But there’s more: the spray bottle next to Heaven Sent is Jōvan Musk cologne, first launched in 1972.
Thanks to the invaluable help of Peter (a reader of this blog) for the ids.
While Fausto (Gianni Morandi) is getting ready to perform at his comeback concert, we get a glimpse of his bathroom. There are two interesting bottles by the washbasin.
One is Allure Sensuelle by Chanel. This flanker of Allure (launched in 1996) was created in 2005 by Jacques Polge.
The other is Acqua di Bolgheri by Dr. Taffi. This fragrance, launched in 2008, establishes a connection with the film plot, set in the Appenine Mountains between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. The Tuscan village it is named after had a key role in the life and works of Giosuè Carducci, one of the most important Italian poets .
The bathroom of the London hotel where Judy Garland (Renee Zellweger) is staying hides two British gems – both by Floris.
The first bottle on the left sitting on the top glass shelf is a Floris perfume. Unable to tell more about the exact fragrance, but the tall stopper is quite distinctive.
On the bottom shelf sits another Floris product – the concentrated bath essence in the big pyramid-shaped bottle with gold stopper.
On the bottom shelf there’s another bottle decorated with what looks like a ribbon. If so, it could be a Penhaligon’s fragrance, possibly Cornubia, a spectacular white floral launched in 1910 and now sadly discontinued.
Lucia (Paola Cortellesi) is a jazz singer who often travels for work. In two different scenes set in hotels we get to know her perfume of choice, in a beautiful black bottle with sculptural gold stopper.
It’s Soir d’Orient by Sisley, a warm spicy fragrance created by Olivier Pescheux and launched in 2015.
There’s a bottle of Chanel Allure in Rachel’s bathroom. The floral fragrance by Jacques Polge was launched in 1996. Next to it there’s a bottle of Bvlgari Pour Femme, a powdery creation by Sophia Grojsman launched in 1994.
By the bath tub there’s Clarins Huile “Anti-Eau” body treatment oil.
When Sylvia (Rosalind Russell) and Edith (Phyllis Povah) decide to act on the infidelity rumours about their friend Mary’s husband, they pay a visit to the cosmetic department at Black’s Fifth Avenue: there, they intend to meet the alleged mistress, Crystal Allen (Joan Crawford).
When they stop at a perfume counter, some interesting bottles can be seen.
On the mirrored table on the right there’s a factice flacon chauve souris of Guerlain Shalimar, the Jacques Guerlain masterpiece launched in 1925.
In the glass cabinet behind the shop assistant there’s a Guerlain flacon montre containing an eau de cologne.
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