Pictorial Palette #3 – Les Girls

Gene Kelly, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg and Mitzi Gaynor in the Cole Porter musical LES GIRLS (1957)

Exceedingly fluffy, Les Girls is an infectious (if not shallow) musical brought to screen with due elegance by George Cukor. Taking it’s queue from, of all things, Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon (night/day anyone?) the film is all aglow with MGM luster. A dapper Gene Kelly and the divinely lovely Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall and Taina Elg dance and sing their way through a decent collection of Cole Porter tuners that make for pleasant enough escapism.

The film won an Oscar for Orry-Kelly’s decadent costume designs. (Ironically beating out the fashion industry farce Funny Face that same year.)

Feeling creative? Palette hexes are as follows:
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Previous Pictorial Palettes:

# 1 – Judy Garland

#2 – Rita Hayworth

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Film writer and social media marketing professional. 2019 Social Ambassador for the 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival. Previously: social media associate at Warner Archive and script writer for Turner Classic Movies. Working on a Montgomery Clift biography due late 2020.

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