Frock Flicks Free-for-All May


You asked for it, so here’s an occasional open thread to bitch about anything tangentially related to history, costume, movies, or TV shows! Or whatever else is on your mind right now. Note that URLs are automatically held for moderation, but most anything else goes as long as you’re not bitchier than we are!

It’s finally spring, with summer right around the corner. That usually means a dead time for new frock flicks, so maybe we’ll plow through our backlogs and see if there’s some classics we have yet to review.

Maurice (1987)


Any suggestions?



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18 Responses

  1. Saraquill

    I’m sad there’s only one episode left to Julia. I could stand to see at least 4 more of those.

  2. mmcquown

    Male grooming. In so many movies, men are sown with hair all a-tangle or looking as if they’d dipped their heads in a crankcase. Amazing, since combs are one of the most common artifacts found in any archaeological dig.

  3. Brandy Loutherback

    Any thoughts on the new Ridley Road on PBS?

  4. Katie O.

    Last night I watched Safiya Nygaard’s latest collab with Colonial Williamsburg, where they created for her a custom 18th century look. It was really fun seeing a nonprofessional explore colonial clothing! I also appreciated a) that she touches on the fact that everything at the time is interwoven with the oppression of POC, and b) she talks about the fact that corsets are actually pretty comfortable and get a bad rap!

    • Brandy Loutherback

      Safiya was really Good! I’m glad she touched on the opression of POCs during a time when most people didn’t blink an eye at slavery! I almost cheered when she talked about Stays being pretty comfortable! Women had to work in them! I’m officially Team Safiya!

    • Saraquill

      Did you see the Nicole Rudolph’s related video, where she made Safiya’s shoes? It was enlightening.

  5. Susan Pola Staples

    Season 2 of Gentleman Jack by episode please.

    • Trystan L. Bass

      I’ll definitely be writing about Gentleman Jack, but not recaps. Tho’ I’ll have more from the costume designer Tom Pye, who I just talked to!

      • Susan Pola Staples

        Thank you. Thank you ad infinitum. And I’m glad Mr Pye will be interviewed as well. Gentleman Jack is one of the best shows around.

  6. Boxermom

    Just watched “Tales That Witness Madness” (1973). There was a segment where a young man is transported back to the late 19th century, and, SURPRISE, the costumes weren’t craptastic. As an extra added bonus, the hairstyles were also decent. Color me shocked. :)

  7. Frances Marie

    Dear FF Ladies, would be wonderful to see your reviews of Chariots of Fire (1981), Spoils of Poynton (BBC 1970) and Lady Windermere’s Fan (BBC 1985) – all rather good Frockage!

  8. Siiri Kanerva

    Did you do the Young Victoria movie? I searched and couldn’t find.

    • Boxermom

      Really? I had no trouble finding it. In fact, there were 2 parts as well as a short review. :)

  9. Mary

    Operation Mincemeat currently on Netflix. WWII espionage with Colin Firth who is gorgeously greying, Kelly McDonald, Jason Isaacs, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Macfadyen – this cast is a MCM/WCW right here!

    Kelly McDonald is my chosen doppelganger, it’s actually a bit eerie how much her younger self and my much younger self resemble each other. So, that’s a thought, who would be your historical and/or actor doppelgangers?

    Lots of uniforms of course, but nice workwear and hair on the women, and some Lindy swing dancing.