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

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Did You Know?


The movie is set between Christmas season 1952 and early 1953. In the New York Times office scene with Therese and photo editors the calendar on the wall is for the month of "April 1953", and in the note Carol wrote to Therese she asks her if they could meet that evening, "Friday, April 17". This lets the audience know that 3-½ months have passed since Carol and Therese were last together.


Abby Gerhard: I got my eye on this redhead who owns a steak house outside of Paramus. I'm talking serious 'Rita Hayworth' redhead.
Carol Aird: Really? You think you got what it takes to handle a redhead?


The movie is set from 1952 Christmas season, and ends in April 1953. Therese Belivet incorrectly uses her 35mm film camera to take an available light photograph of Carol Aird. Inside a restaurant, the scene has back-fill lighting because Therese is looking towards a large window that is extremely bright, and that amount of light would cause complete obscuring by shadowing, of all the facial features of Carol in the photographic negative. To actually create a usable photographic negative in that era, Therese and Carol would have needed to swap their positions, to take advantage of the available light provided by the large window. Alternately to actually create a usable photographic negative using key-lighting, either as a minimum a single use flash bulb should have been used, or a pair of mains-powered spotlights.


You Belong To Me
Performed by Helen Foster and the Rovers
Written by
Pee Wee King, Chilton Price, and Redd Stewart
© Ridgeway Music Co. Inc.
© 1952, renewed BMI
All rights administered by Warner/Chappell & Ridgeway Music Co.
Master recording courtesy of Republic Records


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Drama | Romance

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