Cities in films #2: VENICE


After their young daughter drowns, Laura and John Baxter (Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland) travel to a wintry Venice, where John is overseeing a church renovation. Nicholas Roeg’s Venice, like Italo Calvino’s, is a puzzle of subjective layers, a world both physical and metaphorical. It becomes a spatial manifestation of the couple’s grief and confusion, as the water which embodies that initial tragedy winds endlessly around them, creeping ever higher. (photo by Maciej Hermann)


Kevyn Aucoin was one of Hollywood’s top makeup artists, almost a celebrity on his own right (he even did a cameo in “Sex & The City” as himself), who had the power to not only beautify, but also, completely transform people. He died in 2001.
Gwyneth Paltrow as Faye Dunaway, Andie McDowall as Anna May Wong, Isabella Rossellini as Alla Nazimova, Demi Moore as Clara Bow, Winona Ryder as Elizabeth Taylor, Courtney Love as Jean Harlow, Julia Roberts as Julie Christie, Christina Ricci as Edith Piaf and Julianne Moore as Twiggy.