I MEAN. Have you ever seen such red? Even Dorothy's ruby slippers don't come close to this. And Hawks (and DP Harry J. Wild) knows just the best ways to make sure the colors of costume designer Travilla's glorious costumes really pop:
Put them in front of neutral colors...
...or in front of contrasting colors.
The film is just saturated with color everywhere you look.... except for one VERY important scene:
Yes, indeed, the (in)famous "Is Anybody Here For Love?" number is beige, beige, beige, the only other color being Jane Russell's black outfit, red lips, and turquoise earrings. The men almost literally become furniture for her!
The thing is, it shouldn't work. That pink dress against that red backdrop should be tacky beyond belief, especially with that ridiculous amount of costume (one assumes) jewelry. But somehow, it isn't. It's just another example of Hawks's masterful use of color in this movie. In particular, I noticed it in my choice for Best Shot.
|GOLD MEDAL - BEST SHOT|
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Also, what with the Absolutely Fabulous movie coming out soon, please enjoy this bit of French & Saunders. We are all about the synergy here at Dancin' Dan on Film: