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Women He's Undressed is a cinema length documentary that explores the life of Australia's most prolific costume designer. Until now Orry-Kelly has been unacknowledged in his country of birth and pretty well forgotten in the adopted country of his greatest success. During the boom years of Hollywood he was the costume designer on an astonishing 282 motion pictures. He designed for the stars like Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Rosalind Russell, Errol Flynn and many more of the immortals. His films included Some Like It Hot, Casablanca, An American in Paris and Now, Voyager. Orry-Kelly (Jack to his friends) won three Academy Awards and was nominated for a fourth. Orry-Kelly was Head of Warner Brothers Costume Department during the richest period of American film, the establishment of the dream factory and its effect on mass culture. He was outrageous, witty, outspoken, a drinker and uncompromising but he survived partially protected by his friendship with Jack and Ann ...Written by
James A Michener, the celebrated novelist has long claimed (and bragged) that at 37, he was the oldest private serving in the army during the second world war. This movie and the book on which it was based prove Orry-Kelly far surpassed that boast when he was drafted at age 45 and served until the army finally released those over the age of 45.(He was 46 by then!) See more »
The birth and death dates of Marion Davies and Fannie Brice were reversed. Marion Davies lived from 1897 - 1961; Fannie Brice from 1891 - 1951. The dates given in this film switch the dates, having Davies die in 1951 and Brice in 1961. See more »
A unique doc on one of Hollywood's prolific costume designers
In WOMEN HE'S UNDRESSED, director Gillian Armstrong attempts to uncover the man behind some of cinema's most iconic looks, costume designer Orry-Kelly. Theatrical reenactments & monologues from Orry-Kelly & his mother (played by Darren Gilshenan & Deborah Kennedy), guide us through his life--from his childhood in the small Australian seaside town of Kiama, around the world to New York City (where his roommate is fellow immigrant, Archibald Leach, later known as Cary Grant), to his career in Hollywood, in which he garnered 3 Academy Awards. Interspersed with these staged scenes are interviews with those who knew & worked with Orry-Kelly (Ann Roth, Angela Lansbury, Jane Fonda, to name a few), as well as costume designers, film critics & biographers who have been influenced by his work. Unlike many Hollywood homosexuals of the day, Orry-Kelly refused to hide behind a lavender marriage or staged identity, as his old flame Cary Grant would hardly acknowledge their past together. Being his authentic self may have fueled a drinking problem, but it also allowed stars like Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman & Marilyn Monroe to fully trust his talent for making them shine in his designs. Even Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon petitioned Billy Wilder to let Orry design their costumes in Some Like It Hot. While Orry-Kelly is not a household name in today's world, the looks he created for movies like Jezebel, Casablaca, Irma la Douce & Auntie Mame are unforgettable.
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