The Man Who Cried (2000) short review

I can see how this film wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea — directed by Sally Potter (Orlando), it doesn’t follow conventional plot structures, and the ending was rushed and anti-climatic. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed it, mostly for the characterizations, the beautiful cinematography, and Johnny “Shagadelic” Depp. Christina Ricci plays a Russian Jew who in the 1920s is separated from her family and raised in England. Most of the film takes place in 1930s Paris, where she works as a dancer, befriends another Russian dancer (fabulously played by Cate Blanchett), and becomes involved with a hunky Gypsy — all as World War II looms. Blanchett wears some great gowns and has REALLY good hair.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.