I recently watched Jacques Demy’s A Slightly Pregnant Man (aka L’Événement le plus important depuis que l’homme a marché sur la Lune) from 1973. It stars Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve as a couple who are expecting their second child, but the twist being that this time Marcello is pregnant not Catherine. Obviously hilarity ensues but aside from my slight disappointment that Marcello was not looking his best in this film, I really enjoyed the film and was most impressed by the costumes – Catherine Deneuve’s in particular. Instead of looking her usual cool and elegant self, she looks fluffy and colourful and eccentric in this film; it’s a much better look.
So this is not so much a review of the film – which I do recommend if you want something light, fun and ever so slightly camp to watch – as an excuse to show some great clothes from 1973:
This is not a good outfit for Marcello but I rather like the Jungle pinball machine he’s standing next to
The first sighting of Marcello in his orange and brown pyjamas – I think you’ll agree he looks a bobby dazzler in them
I don’t know what’s more disturbing about this – the pot belly or the nicotine stained fingers?
I don’t know why but since I saw Yasuzô Masumura’s Blind Beast (1969) I have become fascinated by sculptures of body parts – this huge thumb in the medical specialist’s office is amazing
And talking of amazing – check out this v-neck sweater. It’s a crying shame he’s wearing it underneath that ugly jacket
Check out those shoes!
Hats off to Gitt Magrini for the costume design.