Screen Time: An Idea…


I’m thinking of adding yet another category to my posts here on Tinsel Creation: short meditations on movie scenes that include perfume or other beauty products as tokens of self-invention, entry points to fantasy, or clues to characters’ personalities. I’m not a film critic (unlike my friend The Self-Styled Siren, whose blog you really should read), and I won’t be commenting smartly on design the way my buddy Karen of Small Earth Vintage does on her blog (see her recent post on Moonrise Kingdom here!). Instead, I’ll be obsessing, in my usual way, about the bigger importance of little things like lipstick and scent bottles.

Image: Laurey (Shirley Jones) smelling “Elixir of Egypt” in Oklahoma! (1955).


Screen Time: Guerlain Perfumes on “Upstairs, Downstairs”

Although I didn’t find the first season of the new “Upstairs, Downstairs” (2010) all that riveting, I tuned in to watch the first episode of the second season on PBS on Sunday night. I’m glad I did, not only because the writing and plotting seemed a little better this time around, but because the episode featured a wonderful cameo appearance of a classic perfume.

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