A Mystery in Cabrini Green

If I can remember correctly I was about 11 years old the first time I watched the 1975 classic “Cooley High”. I remember it being an instant favorite and I watched it over and over for a month. [I couldn’t get enough of Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs]. Last night TVOne had a showing of the film just before the debut of Unsung Hollywood’s expose’ on the film. The entire documentary was full of little known facts people may or may not have known, but one thing that especially stood out was the fact that one of the stars of the film disappeared so to speak. [Hypothetically but literally disappeared] Cynthia Davis, the beautiful fair skinned actress [ who almost wasn’t cast because of her complexion] was never heard from again after the movie wrapped.Cynthia Davis Cooley High
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A Nod in Fashion Filmography

“When you love someone, you’ve gotta trust them. There’s no other way. You’ve got to give them the key to everything that’s yours. Otherwise, what’s the point? And for a while, I believed, that’s the kind of love I had.” ~Ace Rothstein 

One of the best parts of movies is the wardrobe, especially in films set in times gone past. Movies like “Goodfellas”, “Hoodlum”, “Victor Victoria”

Julie Andrews in her starring role in "Victory Victoria"

Julie Andrews in her starring role in “Victory Victoria”

and of course “Harlem Nights” are just a few of my favorites. But the one movie that pleases my soul to watch just for the wardrobe is the 1995 drama “Casino” starring Robert DeNiro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci. (which is based on the t he historykey_art_casinoof the Stardust Hotel) One of Hollywood’s most iconic films in  to fashion, the wardrobe stylist captured Las Vegas style in the 1970’s early  80’s without question. The costume budget alone was $1 million dollars with actress Sharon Stone having 40 costume changes , DeNiro had 70 both actors were allowed to keep their wardrobe following the end of filming. This is my nod to fashion history in cinematography by way of the film “Casino”. Continue reading