Frock Flicks Free-for-All October


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!

Who knows if we’ll get tricks or treats this month — the new frock flicks are slooooooowly trickling in. Otherwise, we’re scrolling through that backlog, as tiresome as it has been. Maybe some chocolate will help!

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) - Another Halloween & We're All a Year Older



What candy goes with your frock flicks this time of year?


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14 Responses

  1. florenceandtheai

    Reese’s pumpkins. And vague regrets that another Halloween has passed w/o me attempting to hand sew a houppelande. Ah well. It either rains buckets, or is in the 80s for Halloween here, so it’s probably just as well.

  2. Sharon Broom

    Does anyone know a source for “The Scandalous Lady W.” that can be viewed on American screens? The only one I can find online doesn’t work in this country. Streaming would be great, or I would buy a DVD.

    • florenceandtheai

      I tried to reply, so apologies if this is a double post. It looks like only YouTube and Google Play offer it in streaming. None of the other major services do. I just web searched “scandalous lady w streaming” to find it. Sorry!

      • Sharon Broom

        Thank you! I found it on YouTube. Terrific costumes and interesting story based on real people.

  3. Saraquill

    I work in the jewelry industry. So many gemstones look like candy but I know popping them in my mouth is a bad idea. Sometimes I’ll eat colorful gummy bears and pretend they’re delicious gems.

  4. Gray

    A conversation with friends turned to Shakespeare on film. Since I usually agree with the Frock Flicks gals, especially in the nick pick department, I wondered if they’d seen
    “Prospero’s Books”.
    I couldn’t find it on DVD except in region 2 but it’s rentable now on Amazon Prime.
    It was designed by Ellen Lens, who apparently was on acid. My fave things include giant ruffs, a magic cloak that changes color, John Gielgud in full Catholic Cardinal regalia… only blue instead of red, and tons of naked extras as spirits.
    It’s hard to get through. The gimmick of having Gielgud speak everyone’s lines while they mime their parts kills any drama. But visually it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen so it’s worth sticking it out to the end.
    If you google it, there’re lots of pics.

  5. Michael McQuown

    For those of us who like to play with sharp, shiny things, it’s The Sound that drives us nuts. very tine someone draws a sword from a scabbard, we hear the rasp of metal on metal. NO! NO WAY! Because — up to the 19th century, all scabbards were made of leather=covered wood, or sometimes just leather.

  6. Lily Lotus Rose

    Ooooh….. I don’t have any specific candy that I consume while watching FrockFlicks, but now I think I need to start that tradition. Whatever candy I choose, it will be chocolate-based.

    Re October: I think I’m gonna do a deep dive this month into some old favorites that I loved from my childhood or teen years: The Ghost and Mrs Muir; The Fall of the House of Usher; The Canterville Ghost (starring Alyssa Milano if I remember correctly); Frankenstein; Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein…and all the old Universal Horror Movies. There’s just SO MUCH fun stuff to watch during spooky season. I love it!!

    • Boxermom

      You have great taste in movies! I also love the classic Hammer films, and anything with Vincent Price (The Masque of the Red Death is my favorite). :)

  7. Jose

    So I might be late for this month but picture it: a couple of weeks ago I was having an Italian weekend, pizza, wine and lots of Italian TV stuff, I found it funny, some series were period BUT they didn’t look it they had that When Calls The Heart feel, looked modern, in the list were Orgoglio (2004-06) that looked good, La Dama Velata (2015) that was nice but looked Terrible (looked very modern even if it was supposed set in the 1900’s), Anna Karenina (2013) the only one that you’ll find dubbed to English looked excessively modern nice story telling but looked like modern people on vacation (one scene strikes me as the heroine walks through the street in despair both she and the extras looked like totally normal people today) and finally Rossella (2011-14) not perfect but really good I loved the story of a young woman fighting for some independence in the late 19th century/Early 20th Century and it looked reasonable so please give it a shot I would love you to hear your thoughts on at least one I always laugh at your rants on bad period fashion

  8. Heya

    I finally watched Emma (2009) and came here immediately for your thoughts. Sad to discover there is no long review, and possibly not one for the Kate Beckinsale version too. Is there one for Patreon subscribers? I really enjoyed 2009, and think Johnny Lee Miller is my fave Knightley so far. Romola Garai was charming too.