Friday, March 7, 2008

Old Fashioned Glamour: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

I just returned
from seeing the comedy
Pettigrew Lives for a Day
and I absolutely loved it! The film tells the heartwarming
story of a London governess Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand)
who comes to work for the high-strung beauty Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams) as her social secretary. It's set in London just before the start of WWII . The film is uplifting, glamorous, and indulgently fun. Think
Auntie Mame with a touch of Thoroughly Modern Millie. There was something about the dialogue, purposefully hyperbolic acting, and grand musical number that reminded me of seeing a stage play, and in the context of this film it works splendidly. Also, the costumes and elegant interiors are magnificent, and the film doesn't take itself too seriously, which is part of its charm. Be sure to check out Amy Adams' pink dressing gown in the scene where she is introduced to Miss Pettigrew. It's tres chic and has inspired me to seek out a similar vintage 1930's version to wear around the house. Check out Silver Screen Loungerie to purchase this dressing gown or to view more peignoir options. Also, after seeing Adams' glittery barrettes I've decided that these need to stage a comeback as well. Luckily, ebay has a variety of barrettes to choose from. Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy so it might be the perfect day to see this film and be transported to 1930's London high society for an hour and a half.

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