23 thoughts on “A Brief Look at Cruella (2021)

  1. I totally get why they would pay homage to the Truman capote black and white ball, which (to support your thesis) happened in 1966. Also the original 101 Dalmatians from Disney is a 1961 movie. Do they make a bunch of references to the moon landing or President Nixon or the end of the Vietnam war? If not, I wonder why they would choose the seventies to reference in the releases. Maybe the press team was all born after 1990 and that just all seems like about the same era to them or something,

    1. The more info that’s coming out about it, the more it really does appear to be set at some point post-1970, probably mid-70s, with all the references to the punk movement that I’m seeing in articles about the costuming. Just from the trailer, though, it looks ambiguously late-60s/early-70s, so it still sort of fits under Frock Flicks’ pre-1970 rule. We’ve been known to fudge that rule a time or two for movies with exceptionally good 1970s costuming. ;)

      1. There is a MK2 Ford Granada Estate and the nose of an Austin-Leyland Princess in the clip too, so that does date it to the late seventies, just based on those two cars.

  2. Cruella quotes the line “I am woman, hear me roar”, from the song “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy which was released in 1971, so it’s definitely the 70s! But I don’t see why you can’t make an exception and talk about it anyway if you want.

  3. What if later in the quote on I am woman etc she mentions later the quote was made famous by Ms Redy…Whatever it looks haute couture and I think it should be included bc of Jenny Beavan and I too want Emma Thompson’s black and white gown.

    1. We love Jenny Beavan, so that’s definitely a major factor in its favor as to whether or not we will analyze the film more closely once it comes out. :)

    1. I think the more movies that are set in the 1970s that have extensive costuming and not just “we pulled this from some warehouse”, the more likely we are to want to talk about them. We’ve already made a few exceptions over the years, like “Velvet Goldmine” and “Rocket Man”, but I think unless the costuming is REALLY spectacular, they’ll still be largely mentions on this site and not real in-depth analyses.

  4. What i wanna know is, if this is truly her origin story…how does she go from a fashion icon to wanting to skin puppies alive for a future coat

  5. I agree, what can be seen in the trailer looks more like late 60s, also hair and make-up… maybe the story spans a few years?

  6. Dodie Smith’s novel was published in 1956 and has a sequel, “The Starlight Barking”, published in 1967. Both were amongst my favourite books when I was a child. I also loved the Mary Poppins series. I know I’ll be in the minority here, but I’m NOT a Disney fan and loathe the way the studio surgically removes the charm and subtlety of every classic they adapt for the screen.

    1. YES! I’ve never met a single person, ever, who read the original, much less the sequel! Two of my favorite books of all time, containing one of my favorite quotes in all English literature – regarding Pongo, who had “one of the keenest brains in dogdom,” “For though he had very little Latin beyond “Cave canem,” he had, as a young dog, devoured Shakespeare (in a tasty leather binding).”

      The scene with the elderly spaniel still makes me cry.

      Who knew that Pongo had a wife who was NOT Perdita? Or that one of their puppies would grow up to be the Prime Minister’s dog?

      Or that Cruella had a husband who was a furrier, and a white Persian cat who hated her. Or that the dogs destroyed all his fur coat inventory and he had to go into the plastic raincoat business.

      I wonder how they’re going to handle Cruella’s passion for furs in a PETA world?

  7. Neither Emma Stone nor Cruella de Vil get me excited. But…I do LOVE Emma Thompson AND the trailer looks gorgeous… So I say go for it…review your hearts out. Plus, let’s acknowledge that Mark Strong looks like a total snack in that tuxedo!!

  8. That scene in the trailer is clearly referencing Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, but I wonder if Cruella’s red dress is also a nod to Bette Davis in JEZEBEL?

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