Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Stylish Movie: Bugsy

Set in the late 1930s and early 1940s, Bugsy (1991) tells the story of New York mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel who comes up with a scheme to build a lavish casino in the Nevada desert.  The film's star-studded cast includes Warren Beatty (as Siegel), Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley and Elliott Gould.  Although the film has been criticised for being factually and historically innaccurate, it won an Oscar for Best Costume Design.  Bugsy is replete with double-breasted suits, fedoras, pocket squares and boutonnieres.  Even better is Beatty's casual attire of bold odd jackets, button-down shirts, and cravats.  For sartorial inspiration I recommend Bugsy.

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