Gay, No Mind.
“A Single Man,” described as a quieter, more luscious “Brokeback Mountain".
Production designer for A Single Man is non other than Mad Mens PD for the last three seasons, also set in the mid-60's.
The news of Jim's death arrives over a phone call from someone Ford all but admitted was voiced by Jon Hamm in a winking nod to his 1960s alter ego, Don Draper.
Moore’s role in the film
“This is something that women can relate to. No one ever talks about female mid-life crisis in our culture. Women today (our film is based in the early ’60s), a beautiful woman is one of the most powerful things. They learn to move through society by the way we objectify them…and then…all of sudden… at a certain age…it’s just pulled from under them. And what do they do? They’ve played the game and they’ve done everything that our culture tells them that they’re supposed to do.”
Colin Firth is superb as George, the gay English professor failing to get over the death of his boyfriend Jim (Matthew Goode). He exudes loneliness and the simplest of facial flickers or downward casting of his eyes displays a thousand emotions.
Firth attributed his new found interest in the gym to the image-conscious exhortations of Tom Ford. "He told me I looked good, but I'd look better if I had a personal trainer," Mr. Firth explained.
Perhaps the conversation went a bit differently. "I told him he was fat," Mr. Ford recalled later.
"To this day, occasionally I'll have a friend who will say something about my 'lifestyle,'" he said. "My lifestyle? I live with somebody I love. We've been together 23 years. We make dinner, we have arguments, he has to walk the dog, we go on vacation. It was important to depict that. "Love is love."
Now I am going to be shallow -
Of course this is one of my fab 50's gal-pals, Lady Madona, at the N.Y. Premier of 'The Single Man'. Is it part of my holiday delusion, or is Ms. M looking Debbie Harry'ish? I mean, I'm not sporting a line-free, puff free face either; just thought I'd throw that out there for a Friday debate.
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