semiotics of fashion

Fresh Air Film critic David Edelstein reviews Carolthe story of an affair between a middle-aged married woman played by Cate Blanchett and a young department store clerk played by Rooney Mara:

“It’s hard to remember a movie that has friends of mine as over-the-moon as Todd Haynes’s romantic lesbian drama Carol—lesbians, of course, but also Semiotics majors, and 1950s women’s fashion enthusiasts. It’s adapted from the novel The Price of Salt by thriller writer Patricia Highsmith, who published it under a pseudonym and kept her lesbianism under wraps. Haynes has done more than dramatize her work. He has rekindled—and glamorized—the thrill of a once-forbidden subculture.”

High Glamour Infuses A Forbidden Love Affair In ‘Carol’