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Stardust Memories (1980)

stardustmemories_bornunicorn (1)stardustmemories_bornunicorn (2)stardustmemories_bornunicorn (3)stardustmemories_bornunicorn (4)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 evocative name is beyond me.

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b661fcaed644e3ad4bf1c96667b7c068A real Chanel perfume appears later in the film, when Sandy visits his sister (Anne De Salvo). Chanel no. 5 refillable atomisers (one small, one big) can be seen on a plastic tray on her dresser.

Annie Hall (1977)

anniehall_blacksoap_bornunicorn (1)When Annie calls Alvy in the middle of the night and asks him to kill a spider for her, he gets there in no time. There are two spiders in Annie’s bathroom (which he tries to kill) but he finds something else, too: a bar of black soap.

16_woody_allen_diane_keaton_annie_hall_classic_comedy_movieAccording to Erno Laszlo, it was their Sea Mud black soap.

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anniehall_blacksoap_bornunicorn (5)Later in the film, after the couple breaks up, Alvy is clinging to the memory of the black soap so much that he carries it with him. He even shows it to an old lady he meets in the street.