The Barkleys of Broadway (you can read about my analysis of it here). But Daddy Long Legs has a lot going for it. In my eyes, Fred Astaire can do no wrong especially when he has a beautifully talented costar (in the form of Caron), a gorgeous soundtrack, and some Technicolor action. Also, not going to lie, any film with Thelma Ritter in a supporting role can't be all that bad.
The first portrait is supposed to be the "grandfather" portrait. Not only is it painted in the style of James Abbott McNeill Whistler; but it is a direct allusion to his famous painting, commonly known as "Whistler's Mother" (1871). (For you art historians, the painting is officially titled Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1, but that's only for sticklers).
John Singer Sargent. You may remember, I did a serious look at Sargent's influence on the style and look of both art and period pieces of that time period in film. The Sargent portrait is, if nothing else, an excellently rendered realistic portrait of Astaire.
The art of the film befits the gorgeous look that was provided to the film. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that real modern art pieces had been used instead of studio imitations. Better yet, I was glad to see that real effort had been put into what is honestly an interesting, but minor, stylistic detail. If anyone defined class and sophistication, it was Fred Astaire and the fact that his films mirrored this dominant personal quality is both pleasant and refreshing.
|Not too much analysis can be given to Leslie's chalk drawing|
of her "Daddy Long Legs."
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