Wednesday, December 22, 2010

movie inspiration: Copacabana

Copacabana (1947) not only has Groucho Marx going for it, but Carmen Miranda's platform shoes are absolutely to die for. I have a tiny magazine clipped-pic stashed away somewhere of Carmen Miranda crouched amongst her private shoe collection and it is the kind of image that makes my heart beat a little faster. She was a very petite lady (4" platforms make her the same height as Groucho,) with a larger than life talent and the shoes to match. And they've got great chemistry together. And of course you know by now that 1947 is my favorite time for dresses. And shoes apparently too.
These are her everyday sneaking-into-hotels shoes

I love these plush shag upholstered Heywood Wakefield chairs at the Copa

Carmen's jewelry game is on. Every detail up to the glittered fruit headdress is perfect.

and down to these hefty carved wood jobbies

Love these little velvet numbers

Her costumes are all amazing. This one has flower baskets for sleeves

and exquisite 7" mirror chrome platforms.

You know I love detachable collars from this era. This set w matching cuffs will be easy to re-create

Chenille couch

I like this (I imagine midnight-blue) velvet dress w strass stars and velvet gauntlet gloves. It's got a straight full length skirt

Cowgirl boots

Satin slipper chair and quilted walls. Maybe in my next house...

My most favorite lbd in a long time. On Groucho you can see it from the front w the heart on it.

Unlike Doris Day movies, which I watch with liberal use of the fast-forward button, anything w either Groucho or Carmen is usually great all the way through. This one has abysmal reviews but this is exactly the kind of thing I go in for every time, well done or not. Sure they've both done way better movies, but really I love it all.. the worse the better even.


Althea said...

This is beautiful-thank you!

Reel Popcorn Junkie said...

Hey it's Hollywood, but where in real life would hopefuls get all decked out in fabulous costumes for a tryout? Wouldn't happen. Carmen's a great entertainer, but there's not enough laughs here for movie fans. Sigh.