Eva Green Stirs A Fashionable Controversy in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”

o-EVA-GREEN-SIN-CITY-A-DAME-TO-KILL-FOR-570If there was one movie that truly displayed a unique visual style (about as unique as the comic book it was based on) it was “Sin City.” The metallic black and whites, the color washes, the film noir vibe and over-the-top characters shone very much like well-lubed latex; hell, the fashions of the costumes could certainly be called alternative, if not outright fetish at times. The first Sin City (released in 2005 ) was a feast for the eyes, the follow-up, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” being released 8/22, looks like another sumptuous feast…it might also prove controversial. Coming from directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller (Miller is the writer of the comic and this movie) the sequel is already mining some press…due to its wardrobe (or lack of one) on a main character played by Eva Green.

The ABC network (owned by Disney who has already curtailed some programming on the network and its cable offshoots) would not air the new Sin City trailer. The claim here is that Eva Green simply exposes too much of herself in the strategically open white robe she wears in the trailer and poster. Her outfit (or lack of one) makes the lady “appear to be naked” the network says in two scenes in the recently released trailer and the powers-that-be over at ABC rejected airing the clip on its stations.

The Sin City poster of Green in that naughty outfit was also taken to task by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Though edits on Green’s attire were attempted from the movie studio that made “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” they did not mollify ABC. But as Green herself told Vanity Fair “I’m not naked. It’s suggested.” But it would seem the suggestion is too much in this case and good press or bad, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is getting attention because of its fashion sense.

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300: Rise of an Empire…Blood, Action and Hot Leather Couture

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It’s time to get turned on by overly saturated metallic colors and dudes in bare chest-ed fashions flexing in slow motion; 300: Rise of an Empire is marching towards us faster than even we could imagine.

In this more-then-a-fantasy sequel to 2007’s 300 General Themistokles is leading the charge against invading Persian forces led by the mortal-turned-god Xerxes and commander Artemisia. It’s more than just super cool wardrobe that spurn these men on though, as these films are known for their slow motion action style…sure to be evident in this new film as well.

After its victory over Leonidas’ 300 (the first movie) the Persian Army under Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states in Rise. Athens lies first on Xerxes’ path so it’s up to Admiral Themistocles fleet, aligned with his enemy Sparta, to do battle against Xerxes. In this film we are also said to witness the Battle of Salamis.

Audiences seem to like historical recreations of insurmountable odds (300 did very well at the box office) as well as leather, sweat and hunky nearly bare dudes (sounds like quite the fetish gathering, huh?) All that stretched leather, metal and even sweat certainly plays well to us here at Von Gutenberg; we wouldn’t be worth anything in the old latex lifestyle fashion field if we couldn’t recognize some thrill with what 300 Rise of an Empire is throwing on the big screen.

The question is, can this second movie make as startling an impression as the first?

Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel writing (the man who some would say resurrected the Batman franchise) and featuring the costuming talents of Alexandra Byrne (and a make-up department I can’t even list here there are too many names) 300: Rise of an Empire is released 3/7.

We will certainly be there.

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