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Autumn makes me think of five things:
|I blame Indiana Jones for making me believe school was cool. Nobody could ever make me unlearn-that lesson.|
Autumn colors are kind of a 70s palate, right? Puke greens and oranges and reds and yellows. I love them all. In my brain, however, the 70's association with autumn in part must be due to my early adolescent exposure and fascination with 1970's Love Story, set at wool and knit dominated-Harvard in the fall. Think the melodrama and sweaters of Kabhi Khabhie (1976), without Shashi and with a much worse second half. (I know, it's hard to imagine.)
But now, of course, I have had the good fortune to find a host of fabulous representations of the 70's that would have caused my 7th grade self to collapse in sheer delight (Thank you Mumbai circa 1975. I owe you one.) No need to mine stupid and depressing Hollywood films to get my fix anymore!
|No, I will not, Parveen. I WANT your room. I mean your forced-wedding preparation boudoir. Whatever.|
|I mean, look at these two. I realize now that I have A LOT of screencaps that showcase Vinotabh bell-bottoms.|
Unless that person is, say, Neetu Singh.
|Forget Charlie's Angels, Neetu is the ultimate poster girl for the bell-bottoms and tied-t-shirt look.|
3. Gothic tales of horror, love, and woe.
Not necessarily just starring adults... Some of my favorite Gothic tales star children. Probably because children understand fear the best.
|Return to Oz (1984). A Gothic heroine's journey, |
and the one movie I would give to someone
who wanted to understand my innermost psyche.
Fall also means I must make a list of disturbing and awesome movies I have yet to introduce my younger siblings to. Now that I think of it, I should really schedule that Beetlejuice (1988) night once and for all. You can't talk Gothic without talking about Winona Ryder in that movie. And maybe The Birds (1963) as well. Hmmm, I don't know if I've subjected my 12-year-old brother to that one yet. Plus, there's always my yearly re-watch of Return to Oz (1984), and maybe this October I'll finally get around to seeing my brother's annual watch: Labyrinth (1986).
*The City of Dreaming Books (Walter Moers)
*A Wind in the Door (Madeleine L'Engle)
*Harry Potter. It counts. It always counts.
*Is Underground or The Stolen Lake (Joan Aiken)
*The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova)
4. All things cinnamon and nutmeg-filled.
And in related tastes: Buffy the Vampire Slayer in binge doses. 'Nuf said.
5. And finallllllyyyyy . . . FABRIC.
Plaid. Paisley. Knit. Fall is just the best time to show your bohemian leanings. . . and I have more than enough Bohemian leanings to fill several blogs (and several closets). If I was going to get lost somewhere, I think I might like it to be a fabric bazaar.
|Like this one in my beloved Mostar, Bosnia.|
So, to celebrate fall, here are some of the memorable "fabric moments" of Bollywood for me:
Jaya's Gypsy Outfits from Zanjeer (1973):
Legs Robe from Raja Jani (1972):
And on the topic of curtains and Dharmendra:
Rakhee's Shaddi Saris from, well, everything:
|Kabhi Kabhie (1976)|
The Snake Assassin/Qawwali outfits from Parvarish (1977):
|When I got a closer look at these, I realized you could practically see the sleeves unraveling on screen. However, while they lasted, these would have been awesome to wear.|
Manisha Koirala's symbolically-laden costumes in Satrangi Re, from Dil Se (1998):
This robe/housecoat from Blackmail (1973):
All of Shabana Azmi's ember-like and bitterness-evoking yellow numbers from Junoon (1978):
Sanjeev Kumar's borrowed clothes in Anamika (1973):
These daring dacoit duds from Kuchhe Dhaage (1973):
|Or maybe it's just Vinod IN them that appeals to me. I can't be sure.|
Sharmila's orange striped "The snozzberries taste like snozzberries" wall-paper-y harem pants and matching top from Raja Rani (1973):
This dreamy, I don't know if she's real or not-sari from Sharmilee (1971):
This turban from Kaala Patthar (1979):
Rajesh-ji's suit (that for once I actually think is well tailored) in Ajanabee (1974):
Absolutely everything Rakhee wears in Doosara Aadmi (1977):
|Neetu's costumes in this film were almost as fabulous.|