Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara: New trailers show the price of their love


I don’t wanna spoil the party

There are two new trailers for Carol, the film based on The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. The first is for the US market, the second slightly longer one for the UK. For the first time we see theres more to the story than the attraction and love story between two women. We see what the price of that love is. Both trailers feels very much like spoilers to me; I shoulda read that book already! Watch at your own risk.

Patricia Highsmith was a woman chaser

Carol was scripted by Phyllis Nagy who first met Highsmith when she was assigned by the NY Times to give the writer a walking tour, the two became friends. Nagy shared her thoughts about the acclaimed writer of The Talented Mr. Ripley with Indiewire.
Highsmith was open about her sexuality, Nagy said. She was like a studio boss, like Jack Warner, chasing women around desks and beds. She had no problem, personally, with that. And I’ve heard stories about people she chased around. Once she asked me. She would try it on anyone. She kept a billfold with pictures of her girls. One night she casually said to me, I don’t suppose you’re one of these… And I said, No, I suppose I’m not. And that was that.  

Open about her sexuality? The book was published under a pseudonym

Carol inspired by Patricia Highsmith’s own experiences working in a department store, is being hailed as a masterpiece, with director Todd Haynes and both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara (Highsmith’s alter ego) being lauded for their performances. The cast includes Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson. The film opens November 20th here in the US, November 27th in the UK.

Oooh, oooh, oooh, and let’s not forget the fab 1950’s fashions from costume designer Sandy Powell. Powell and Blanchett are frequent collaborators; Powell did the costumes for Cinderella as well as for The Aviator, for which both she and Cate Blanchett won Oscars for their work.








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