12 thoughts on “Frock Flicks POV: “It’s Just Entertainment”

  1. I, for one, am NOT entertained by bad costuming when it can just as well be done correctly. For me, it adds extra enjoyment to see something portrayed the way it should look. These day, there is such a wealth of information available that there is simply no reason not to do it right. Especially with the development of the Internet, there are more reenactor groups around for any period or any war you care to name.

    1. Given the number times ppl have stuck up for A Knight’s Tale, The Tudors, & Borgias: Faith & Fear on this site, it’s nice to hear that sometimes, bad costuming DOESN’T add to the enjoyment. As we’ve also said, deviating from history with a purpose can be great, & we do understand that some productions have low budgets, but just being schlocky & wrong & even misleading, well, I agree, there’s no excuse.

  2. I always like to know if the costumes on a show suck or not, not just for the reasons you site above, but also because some really cruddy, disappointing movies (cough – The Duchess – cough) have excellent costumes. So even though calling it “entertainment” might be a stretch I like to know if it’s worth watching for the eye-candy.

  3. I love you! I wish my family could understand me the way you guys do.
    Please continue your wonderful job, there are those of us out there who really appreciate it.
    My husband will argue the tactical elements of Star wars and the fact that the fall out from the death star actually killed the race of Ewoks, but he just doesn’t get it when I complain when a woman isn’t wearing a chemise!

    1. HAH, now there’s a comparison! If historically accurate costumes don’t rank up next to the Ewoks, there’s something messed up in this world ;-)

  4. “No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.” – Ingmar Bergman

  5. To me, the problem is when people either base their historical knowledge on movie portrayals (it happens more than anyone will admit) or they simply can’t distinguish between the historical record and what’s portrayed on screen (yeah, one can argue about interpretations of history…) for a variety of reasons. Nothing new, I realize.

    But does irritate me is when a film actively represents itself as historically accurate when it’s clearly not or the claim is questionable (don’t get me started on the series “Deadwood).

    1. I second that. Would you please repeat your comments on “Braveheart” regarding perception vs history and the other about choices that are made in producing a film. I think this group would appreciate them especially.

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