We asked movie fanatic and Proper writer, Daniel Moores, for his top three, but from an alternative angle.
Dan has combined both his love for clothes and film and presents a difference perspective on some of his favourite films.
Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1970)
For those who haven’t seen it: Jack Nicholson plays Bobby Dupea, a former piano prodigy who threw it all away and left his well-to-do family to go working on oil rigs.
We’ll start with some footwear – Red Wing Iron Rangers. Proper boots originally designed for mining and other very blokey jobs. (You’ll probably have noticed Nicholson wears Red Wings of the Moc Toe variety in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as well.)
There’s a traffic jam scene in which he gets out the car, goes for a weird little stroll and finds himself barking back at a dog that’s barking at him, as you do. He’s wearing the Iron Rangers with a pair of 501s and a Lee 101 denim jacket of the same colour. Nowt wrong with double denim.
When he’s out bowling with his waitress girlfriend Rayette, he has on a baseball tee and what must be his ‘going-out’ jeans – a clean-looking pair of Lee 101 Riders. Mind you, the bowling shoes ruin it all.
Probably about a third of the way through the film Bobby gets a phone call from his sister telling him his dad’s not very well, so he drives up to the family home. This is where the costume gets a bit different: turtle-necks, cord blazers, v-neck jumpers and so on. Totally different wardrobe – on purpose, obviously.
Sartorial highlight’s the plaid flannel shirt he wears in an oil rig scene in which he has a tantrum and throws his butties everywhere (something I’d never do and can’t condone); it’s not at all dissimilar to the ones Engineered Garments make every A/W.
Carnal Knowledge (Mike Nichols, 1971)
For those who haven’t seen it: This was made four years after The Graduate by the same bloke. It’s not quite as good a film but the clothes are better I’d say. As the title suggests, the main topic of the film is shagging. It basically follows the skirt-chasing endeavours of best friends Jonathan (Jack Nicholson) and Sandy (Art Garfunkel), starting from their Amherst College days and going right through to middle age.
Nicholson again, aye. This time though we’re talking Ivy League poncewear rather than built-to-last American workwear. He and Garfunkel cut about in Oxford shirts, sports jackets, crew-neck woollen jumpers and such – not at all dissimilar to what Benjamin Braddock wears in The Graduate in fact, just a bit more ‘late forties’ than ‘late sixties’.
My favourite items are the duffle coats they wear as they traipse through the snowy campus between classes. A good duffle is unbeatable. Not literally, of course – they’re pretty much useless in the rain. But they’re cool. Paddington Bear wears them so there you go – case closed.
The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, 1978)
For those who haven’t seen it: What on Earth have you been playing at?
Where do we start with this one? That’s a rhetorical question so don’t answer it. The answer is clearly MICHAEL’S SIERRA DESIGNS PARKA. If there’s one thing I like more than big coats it’s big orange coats. It’s a shame they’re so hard to get over here but mark my words, I’ll have one someday.
However, the attire doesn’t just start and end with the 60/40, no sir, not at all. Mike (Robert De Niro) dresses coolly throughout. A good example is the bodywarmer-over-Pendleton-style-shirt combo in the terrific “This is this!” scene, in which he refuses to lend Stan (John Cazale) his spare boots before going on a rant about the importance of preparation. Stan’s stood there like a plum, still in his tuxedo from the wedding reception the night before, whilst Mike’s fully kitted-out and ready to go hunting.
Nick (Christopher Walken) wears some pretty cool stuff too – several different plaid shirts if I recall rightly, and a big wool hunting jacket or two. Pretty much all the characters look great in the hunting scenes – it’d be pretty hard not to in those sort of clothes.