Doco re­veals all

The Tribune (NZ) - - MOVIES -

For those with tongues hang­ing out lured by the movie’s ti­tle, take a deep breath. This doco, the true story of three-times Os­car win­ner Orry-Kelly, should have been pro­moted as Women He’s Dressed.

Aussie cos­tume de­signer Orry-Kelly was a fash­ion ge­nius who in the 1930s and ‘40s dressed the hottest fe­male movie stars of the time.

The film will ap­peal to clothes horses or those who are old-school cin­ema buffs.

The­atre­go­ers best suited are those with mem­o­ries of the times and the stars – Bette Davis and those eyes, Ava Gard­ner, Jane Fonda, Natalie Wood, Mar­i­lyn Monroe and Bar­bara Stan­wyck.

My pick though was Swedish star In­grid Bergman.

If his women needed their foun­da­tions beefed up, he did it that so no-one would know. His Academy Awards came in a cat­e­gory that even to­day gets

lit­tle fanfare.

He was part of the gay com­mu­nity in Hol­ly­wood, among many big time ac­tors such as Cary Grant.

Back in those more con­ser­va­tive times, be­ing gay was frowned on so Grant and his men friends went off and got mar­ried.

It’s an in­ter­est­ing story with Aussie ac­tor Dar­ren Gil­shenan play­ing Orry-Kelly.

There is fas­ci­nat­ing footage from back in moviedom’s hey­day, the women on screen wear­ing Orry-Kelly’s de­signs.

But there is no sign of the real Orry-Kelly un­til the doco wraps up, not that it mat­ters.

An in­ter­est­ing flash­back to Hol­ly­wood as it once was.

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