Movie Trivia

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Look to movies and documentaries for ideas on interior design, fabric and fashion. Can you identify these movie scenes? The answers are down below.










1. High Society: 1956 American musical comedy directed by Charles Waters starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. 

Based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry, the film is about a successful popular jazz musician who tries to win back the affections of his ex-wife, who is preparing to marry another man. The cast also features Celeste Holm, John Lund and Louis Calhern, with a musical contribution by Louis Armstrong. 

High Society was the last film appearance of Grace Kelly, before she became Princess Consort of Monaco. 

2. Iris Apfel: A documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel from legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles. 

Born Iris Barrel in Queens, New York, Apfel is the only child of Samuel Barrel, whose family owned a glass-and-mirror business, and his Russian-born wife, Sadye, who owned a fashion boutique. She studied art history at New York University and attended art school at the University of Wisconsin. 

As a young woman, Apfel worked for Women's Wear Daily and for interior designer Elinor Johnson. She also was an assistant to illustrator Robert Goodman.

In 1948, she married Carl Apfel. Two years later, they launched the textile firm Old World Weavers and ran it until they retired in 1992. From 1950 to 1992, Iris Apfel took part in several design restoration projects, including work at the White House for nine presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Clinton.

 3. The Great Gatsby:  1974 American romantic drama from a screenplay by Franis Ford Coppola, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. The film stars Robert Redford along with Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Scott Wilson, Lois Chiles, Howard Da Silva (who appeared in the 1949 version), Robert Blossom and Edward Hermann. 

4. A Single Man: Some films are stylish. Some films have style. In this film, style plays such a large role it has its own trailer. After all, the director is legendary fashion designer Tom Ford and the production design is by the geniuses behind Mad Men. Add a stunning John Lautner house as the backdrop, and mediocrity never had a chance. In fact, there's so much style in this film, you might almost miss the superb acting of its carefully-chosen cast. Which would be a shame, because that's where the elegance of this piece really shines through. (Bethany Seawright 2011,

5. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky: 2009 film based on the 2002 fictional novel Coco and Igor by Chris Greenhaigh which traces a rumoured affair between Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky in Paris in 1920, the year that Chanel No. 5 was created. 

6. The Graduate (1967): What makes this movie so much more than a comedic drama is the way in which it engaged an entire generation of dissatisfied young adults who were, like the titular hero, adrift in a pool of uncertainty. The time was 1967, and American youth were torn between adhering to a status quo promoted by the corporate establishment and their anger and disillusionment at the escalating conflict in Vietnam. The film features tons of stylish interiors (the enclosed patio with bar springs instantly to mind), but it's the stunning visual snapshots employed by avant-garde director, Mike Nichols, that make it so memorable. (Bethany Seawright 2011,

7. Pillow Talk (1959): A Kodachrome confection of a film, Pillow Talk's Oscar-nominated interiors are almost enough to distract you from the not-so-subtle innuendos now synonymous with the "sex comedies" of the early Sixties. It was released in 1959, when the film censors were beginning to loosen their grip on morality in art and "good girl" Doris Day was on her way to becoming every girl's modern heroine. As is the case with many films made during this time, gender politics provide a loaded subtext. (Bethany Seawright 2011,