MCM: Adrien Brody


Imagine my shock this morning when I woke up and realized that we had so far, to date, neglected to feature Adrien Brody for Man Candy Monday. “Comment est-ce possible?” I asked myself, because I always ask myself these important questions in French. I know he’s kind of polarizing as far as his looks are concerned — I’ve run into people who want to convince me that he is NOT in the least bit attractive, but I’m sorry, your words have fallen on deaf ears because my heart belongs to Adrien Brody.


Summer of Sam (1999) – Richie


Ok, it’s breaking our “No movies set after Trystan was born” rule, but who can resist a punked out Brody? I think T. will forgive me. Set against the drama of the as-yet-unsolved serial murders committed by David Berkowitz, a.k.a. “Son of Sam”, Summer of Sam follows the lives of several New Yorkers in during the summer of 1977.


The Affair of the Necklace (2001) – Comte de la Motte

A Frock Flicks favorite, you can listen to our podcast here, where we discuss the finer points of Adrien Brody and his scene-stealing towel.

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Brody makes a damn fine dandy.


The Pianist (2002)


Normally, for Man Candy Monday, I skip the historical movies without a lot of interesting costumes (and usually get these omissions pointed out to us immediately — seriously guys, we don’t have to cover EVERY film, especially if the costumes are boring) but I’m making an exception with this one. The film garnered Adrien the Academy Award for Best Actor.

A Matador’s Mistress (2008) – Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez “Manolete”


Kendra felt this film was a total snooze-fest. Set in the 1930s, the matador outfits are gorgeous, though!


Midnight in Paris (2011) – Salvador Dali


Brody nails it as eccentric surrealist Salvador Dali.



Grand Budapest Hotel (2013) – Dimitri


Brody plays the villain in this Wes Anderson piece set in the 1920s. It’s all fun and games until you get between a man and his mother’s fortune…



Houdini (2014) – Harry Houdini


You can read all about what we thought of the miniseries here.


Dragon Blade (2015) – Tiberius


I guess this counts as historical? Brody plays the corrupt Emperor Tiberius in this technically-Roman-but-looks-nothing-like-the-period film co-starring Jackie Chan and John Cusack.


Emperor (2016)


The handful of released photos show that this is going to probably be another leather pants period flick, so at least Frock Flicks isn’t going to run out of things to bitch about.


Adrien Brody in historical costume, pro or con? Let’s hear it!


About the author

Sarah Lorraine

Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Clothing & Textile Design and a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture, with an emphasis on fashion history. When she’s not caught in paralyzing existential dread, she's drinking craft cocktails and writing about historical costume in film and television. She's been pissing people off on the internet since 1995.

5 Responses

  1. Adina

    Could we get a post about the historical influences in Grand Budapest Hotel?
    To be honest, I didn’t even think it had a set historical period, but my whole family loves it.

  2. Karen K.

    Whoever cast Adrian Brody as Salvador Dali deserves a medal or an Oscar. Or at least a cookie. (And also Hiddleston as F. Scott Fitzgerald).