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Dressed to Impress, Costumes and Character in the Movies.

As Laura Boyes celebrates her 15th season as NCMA film curator, she highlights the reason she became enamored of the movies in the first place: fabulous costumes. Some of these films have historical attire; others are droolworthy examples of the mode of the day. Some costumes emphasize comedy, some transformation, some out-and-out fantasy glamour. Dashing heroes, elegant heroines, and wannabes all dress to impress.

Films are introduced by Laura Boyes, NCMA film curator.

Thanks to Mike Mashon and Rob Stone at the Library of Congress, Todd Wiener at UCLA, Tracy O'Brien and Caitlin Robertson at Fox, and Eric Di Bernardo at Rialto Pictures. These films are unrated, but older children and teens are welcome.

Friday, December 5 | 8 pm

Tim's Vermeer

(2013) Directed by Teller; written by Penn Jillette. Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull,... Read more >

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Friday, January 9 | 8 pm

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Swashbuckling thrills abound as insouciant outlaw Robin Hood challenges Nottingham authority,... Read more >

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Friday, January 16 | 8 pm

On Approval

Two unmarried Victorian couples escape to Scotland for a “trial marriage” in this shocking play... Read more >

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Friday, January 23 | 8 pm

The Duellists

Ridley Scott’s first feature (his second was Alien) was adapted from a Joseph Conrad short story... Read more >

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Friday, January 30 | 8 pm

A Thousand and One Nights

Aladdin rubs a magic lamp and unleashes the lovesick genie Babs, a precursor to TV’s I Dream of... Read more >

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Friday, February 6 | 8 pm

French Cancan

A struggling impresario In 1880s Paris features a notorious dance at his new café, the Moulin... Read more >

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Friday, February 13 | 8 pm

Frenchman's Creek

A restless wife, escaping stifling London society and her dissolute husband, flees to the... Read more >

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Friday, February 20 | 8 pm

Now, Voyager

Charlotte, browbeaten by her harpy mother, discovers therapy, a glamorous Orry-Kelly wardrobe,... Read more >

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Friday, February 27 | 8 pm

Cleopatra

A shimmering art deco spectacle made for the big screen. DeMille’s canvas dazzles with... Read more >

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Friday, March 6 | 8 pm

Trouble in Paradise

A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to fleece a perfume heiress in this elegant... Read more >

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Friday, March 13 | 8 pm

Torrent

Garbo is incandescent in her first American film, as a village lass transformed into a jaded... Read more >

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Friday, March 27 | 8 pm

Austenland

Pining for Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy, Jane signs up for some Pride and Prejudice costume play to... Read more >

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