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Friday Follies: Lip Service

In Fashion, Film on April 10, 2009 at 8:00 am

Friday Follies [n., pl.] postings on Fridays about fashion and food in film from guest bloggers with impeccable taste.

"Witness For The Prosecution" Marlene Dietrich 1957 United Artists / MPTV

"Witness For The Prosecution" Marlene Dietrich, United Artists / MPTV

“Friday Follies” is usually reserved for guest bloggers, but after two weeks cooped up in a jury box, I thought I’d take the stand today! I’ve had courtroom dramas on the brain for obvious reasons, and can’t stop thinking about Marlene Dietrich as Christine Vole in Billy Wilder’s 1957 film Witness for the Prosecution (based on an Agatha Christie short story). More specifically I can’t stop thinking about her lipstick, which she applies with calculation while barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts (played by Charles Laughton) looks on. It’s just one of many distractions Dietrich offers up in this classic legal thriller. She also manages to kill in a beret.


No wonder Laughton’s character remarks, “I am constantly surprised that women’s hats do not provoke more murders.” I only wish my own trial looked this good.


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