Carol (2015)

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An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.

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  • Sandy Powell and Rooney Mara in Carol (2015)
  • Todd Haynes at an event for Carol (2015)
  • Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara at an event for Carol (2015)
  • Cate Blanchett and Todd Haynes in Carol (2015)
  • Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in Carol (2015)
  • Cate Blanchett at an event for Carol (2015)

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26 December 2015 | SvetoslavGrigorov
An essence and definition of love
Imagine how The Blue Angel Marlene Dietrich meets Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany's. Two goddesses in love affair. An essence and definition of love in its core distilled through different bodies and remaining a mutual enjoying of the heart. There is some cold classical feeling from the 30's in this movie, though it was set in the early 1950s in the McCarthy's era of witch-hunts. No answers are provided here and no stretched details. All is centred around Kate Blanchet and Rooney Mara.What you have to do is just to sit down,relax and enjoy the smoky narrative with a scarce dialogue.The 16 mm grainy picture, Sandy Powell's period costumes , cinematography and film editing from Edward Lachman and Affonso Gonçalves ,all well fitted in Patricia Highsmith's "The Price Of Salt" novel deliver a new conversation between the movie and the viewer. It's not about others but it's all about us. This message is truly important these days. No satisfaction in the sense and laws of tradition but how tradition have shaped us to rethink the history. As John Grant sings in Glacier "Don't listen to anyone, get answers on your own/Even if it means that sometimes you feel quite alone,No one on this planet can tell you what to believe,People like to talk a lot, and they like to deceive". There are echoes of other movies here such as the cold sentimentality of Savage Grace , Far From Heaven (from same director Todd Haynes) - another forbidden love story, Brokeback Mountain and A Single Man - both tragic waste of lives. Carol in some ways captures few finest moments from all these movies but as mentioned before it transcends one step further. It neutralises the bitter ends replacing it with hope. It's not the usual Hollywood hope but your own personal hope.It inspires you to decide,design and photograph your life. Don't wait,do it now!

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Abby's car, the 1950 Packard Custom Eight convertible, was President Eisenhower's personal car, used at Camp David. It had a extremely large chrome luggage rack on the back deck lid to accommodate Mimi Eisenhower's immense amount of luggage. But a bit garish, It was removed for the movie. The car can be seen at America's Packard Museum in Dayton Ohio ( who loaned the car)


Carol Aird: Were those pictures of me you were taking at the tree lot?
Therese Belivet: I'm sorry. I should have asked.
Carol Aird: Don't apologize.
Therese Belivet: I've just been trying to... well, I have a friend who told me I should be more interested in humans.
Carol Aird: And how's that going?
Therese Belivet: It's going well, ...


Carol gives Therese a Canon III 35mm range finder camera as a gift. Canon cameras were sold in the United States in 1952. Fact: in 1950, the C.R. Skinner Mfg. Company became the first factory-authorized U.S. importer of Canon cameras and the April 1950 issue of "Popular Photography" magazine featured an advertisement by Skinner on page 113 for the Canon II-B range finder camera -- this was five years before Canon opened its first company *office* in New York City in 1955.

(INCORRECT goof statement: The Canon camera gift was not readily available in the USA in 1952. Canon USA's website "Sixty Years of Canon in the Americas" states their first office opened in New York in 1955.)


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Performed by
Annie Ross
Written by Art Farmer (as Farmer)/Annie Ross (as Ross)
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.


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