We went to see American Hustle recently, and I almost died laughing. It is a fun romp of a movie, where Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence just pull you into the crazy quicksand and show you how to breathe.
[pullquote]“Maybe all you’ve got in life are fucked-up, poisonous choices.” – Rosalyn “American Hustle”[/pullquote]
Jennifer Lawrence is genius in it, and perfume lovers will wriggle in delight with her obsessive stream of blabber about her nail polish top coat and how it smells like perfume and garbage at the same time. Here’s the Youtube clip.
It’s not the only perfume/scent reference she makes, she keeps going on about that top coat polish smell and how she can’t resist it, and neither can her husband. Most of what she says could have been said by any of us and probably has been!
It got me thinking – what other great perfume references have there been in the movies. Scarlett gargling with cologne to disguise her drinking in “Gone With the Wind.” Judy Garland in “Meet Me in St. Louis” trailing a lovely violet perfume to catch a boy. Hannibal Lector detecting a perfume Clarice wears, L’Air du Temps, but she doesn’t have it on that day. I’ve even caught a Guerlain box in Downton Abby that was a gift at Christmas. There are a lot of references to perfume or perfume smells. Angela at Now Smell This puts a bunch of them together, as does Victoria at Bois de Jasmin.
Not many – if any – have a character talking about smell and the carnality and beauty some smells have. I loved the references in American Hustle because it really summed up a lot of the movie – rottenness and beauty all mashed in together, repelling and attracting, overlaid on such a ridiculous object – nail polish top coat. All of that is pretty much our human existence – rotten, beautiful, ridiculous.
Are there any other movies that talk about smells/perfume in particular? I’m trying to think of one and drawing a blank. Favorite perfume moment in any movie?
Winners of the sample sets for Masque perfumes and Profumum Sorriso are – Bastet and Joelyn. Congrats! Just drop me a line by clicking on Drop Us Line at the top of the blog, get me your address and remimd me what you’ve won, and I’ll give you a quick got it e-mail and send them right out.
Oh, thanks for all the hints about the hat. I finally got one together! I didn’t knit it in the round, and that really helped me get the size/scale right. It’s an epic hat. For all of my really horrible-looking hats, this one made up for it. I knitted up another one with the same pattern that is a gorgeous iris blue, and it has a completely different feel with a little less bulky yarn. Love them both, but am super-excited about being able to finally knit a hat! It’s weird how such a small thing and make you so darn happy. Okay, I’m sure y’all would be happy if I’d get that sandalwood post done, and I don’t know why it is taking me so long and why I’m so writer blocked on it, but I am determined to get it done this week, promise!