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The season “El film a l’agulla” at the Filmoteca de Barcelona

Written by Adriana

Cinematographic proposals outside the commercial circuit aren’t many though we are talking here of a cosmopolitan city with a wide range of cultural activities as Barcelona. So when a season in the Filmoteca is really good, it is worth to talk about it and let you know about it. And this one is really interesting!

In Catalan “posar fil a l’agulla” (passing the thread through the needle) means start with a task, something like a “hands-on” in English. In this cinematographic variation they add an “m” to the word “fil” (thread). This gives the expression a totally different meaning and relates the screened films to the fashion and costumes world. Everyone knows that the clothing worn by an actor in a movie is as important as their character, to the point of becoming emblems for a whole generation creating trends that people will wear in the street. Movie stars define tendencies and behaviours accompanying certain aesthetic. The Filmoteca de Catalunya has explored this phenomenon in the season “El Film a l’agulla” which began on December the 4th and will last until March the 30th.

In this season spectators will enjoy movies that have left a deep mark in the world of fashion, such as Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977), Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958), In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000), Flashdance (Adrian Lyne, 1983), Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes, 1998) or The Last Year in Marienbad (Alain Resnais, 1961), among many others. For further information on the program click here. This screenings are done in collaboration with the Instituto Europeo del Diseño (IED), Raffel Pagès hairdressers, film costume designer Ariadna Papió and Cornejo Tailor’s. It includes an exhibition on fashion in films highlighting the idea that costumes, clothing and aesthetics build the character itself, as well as the clothes we wear in our daily life is part of our way of being. It is undeniable that, for example, a very young John Travolta made a whole generation to wear bell bottoms and tight shirts after the film Saturday Night Fever in 1977, or that Richard Gere became a sex symbol wearing Armani suits in American Gigolo in 1980. Rachel Welch’s bikini became really famous after she worn it in the film One Million Years B.C. (1967), as well as the androgynous fashion of Diane Keaton in the film Annie Hall.

In short, for all those cinema, art and/or aesthetics lovers, this season at the Filmoteca will be a pleasant journey through the history of fashion while watching very good movies. Don’t miss it!

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Adriana is a writer, content & community manager, web designer, media analyst and tireless traveler.

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