Saturday, March 24, 2012
Director Paul Schrader was no architect, but Giorgio Armani is. He showed us a new way of seeing AND a new way of being seen: men could be dressed (fashionable) without being old-fashioned. Or effete, or [100%] queer. Bringing jacket-&-tie back to men's wardrobes may not seem like much. But with his un-constructed but expertly tailored suits, as employed by a guy whose job it was to please women, Armani made heterosexuality sexy again, even while helping to redistribute the balance of sexual power. This scene was his entre-manifesto.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Yes, the whole movie is beautiful beginning to end; and yes, the nostalgia I have for the gritty streets is itself a shopworn cliche. But none of that should prevent us from enjoying these clips, showing the City we love for all the reasons we're still here, whether or not it is too.
Please see my post on the blog ChairsAndBuildings for a short discussion of the Museum of Modern Art in 2013