I may be the last person to see it but I was finally able to sit down and watch, "American Hustle," and I gotta say it was worth the wait. Set in the late 70s and early 80s this film takes a viewer into the seedy world of con man Irving Rosenfeld. Since I am most likely one of the few individuals that had not already seen this movie I will spare my readers a long drawn out summary of the plot. However, I cannot help but comment on what I found to be the best aspects of this film which was undeniably the soundtrack and costume design. Honestly, I could not even give a detailed explanation of the plot because I was so into the tunes and clothes. As I have mentioned before, I am extremely nostalgic and love when films are able to construct my romantic version of a time period through music and costume. The minute I heard, "Dirty Work," by Steely Dan I knew I was done for. It no longer mattered what the movie was about. I was experiencing the 1970s and that was good enough for me.
Other films that I have experienced this feeling of time travel with include: "Boogie Nights", "Dead Presidents", and of course my all time favorite, "Almost Famous." Despite the fact that all of these films are fantastic stories, I cannot help but recognize the fact that without the aid of superior soundtracks these movies may not have made it to my all time favorites list. It makes me wonder, do I just view films as one long mixed tape music video?
As for the costume design in, "American Hustle," it was over the top. I lived through the late 70s and 80s and even though it was only the first eleven years of my life I am positive I would have remembered women wearing the type of outfits that were in this film. I will state that most of those years I was living in South Dakota, which I can admit is not the fashion hub of the United States. Also, I have known few professional con men, excluding some legends I have heard about extended family, but we won't go into that now. Perhaps the 1980s version of me was just not traveling in the right circles to see this kind of style. Unfortunately, the 2014 version of me is too shy to even wear a spaghetti strap tank top let alone a sequin gown with a plunging neckline. I will let someone else tackle that, "Dirty Work."
Jeans: Henry & Belle http://www.henryandbelle.com/hb-home/
Purse: Vintage (Dior)
Song: "Dirty Work" by Steely Dan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrmOoR7CShc