Saturday, 16 January 2010

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

















Set in glamourous 1930's London, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a Cinderella story for grown ups. When dowdy middle-aged governess Gionevere Pettigrew loses her latest job, her luck appears to have run out. Desperate for employment, she shows up at the plush flat of Delysia LaFosse, a glamorous nightclub singer whose desire for celebrity is only eclipsed by her interest in men. Delysia immediate calls on her new "social secretary" to help her juggle her numerous suitors. Finding herself catapulted into the dizzying social whirl of London's high society, every dream that Pettigrew had given up on becomes reality for 24 hours.

Despite the title of the film being Miss Pettigrew, this film for me, is all about the glamorous character Delysia LaFosse. I can think of nobody better to play this fanciful part other than Amy Adams. But mostly what interests me as a film I will want to watch over and over, are the interior settings and costumes. If ever there was an era I would love to have embraced, it would be as a rich socialite in the 1930's.

The author of the book, Winifred Watson rose to fame in 1938 with Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, her third novel, and again in 2000 when the book was rediscovered and republished. It is interesting to me also, to learn that she lived in my city, Newcastle upon Tyne all of her life until her death in 2002. Although it is the visual stimulation of the film that I most enjoyed, it does inspire me to read the book also for that extra detail that only books can provide.

47 comments:

  1. Looks lovely! I want to watch it, no doubt about it:)

    (Just added you to "my favourites" blog roll)

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  2. Those interiors are lush! They remind me of when I watched Marie Antoinette, all pastel gorgeousness.

    S
    http://notjustmedical.wordpress.com

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  3. I adore Amy Adams, I really should see this movie :)

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  4. i love this film, so sweet and light! and yes, the sets and interiors are beautiful and luxe. great choice!

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  5. I never heard of the movie! ftom the pictures i can tell it's great! it's definetely going on my "to watch" list

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  6. I thought this movie was so good. The fashion too was so beautiful. Amy Adams did a great job, She's one of my favorite actresses.

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  7. ah, why haven't i seen this??? i love amy adams, and this movie just looks gorgeous! thank you so much for letting me know how much i need to see this!


    angelica
    x

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  8. Amy Adams is such a sweetheart! I've wanted to watch this movie ever since I saw the trailer last year! But still I haven't seen it yet lol:P

    xx

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  9. Love the interiors! The pictures are very visual stimulating, indeed. Thanks for sharing, sweets. I guess I wouldn't mind being her for a day. Hehe. I should be on the lookout for this movie and catch it sometime soon. Looks like a "must watch"! x

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  10. Lovely pictures, I need to see this I think!

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  11. i adore this movie! the costume design and styling was just perfect! :)
    and thanks for the sweet comment!

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  12. I would love to see that! Those fur stoles are so glam...I have a couple from my great grandmother, but they still have the heads and feet attached! It's like the whole animal!
    I'm not yet gutsy enough to consider wearing them!

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  13. I sow this film months ago & I love it!!! Amy Adams is for me one of the best actress ever :D

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  14. I just recently saw this movie over the holiday break during one sleepless nite in Detroit and I fell in love! Frances McDormand and Amy Adams are amazing...and even better are the supporting cast. The costumes are phenomenal and it really sucks you in. I was just telling some folks about the movie this past Thursday. How ironic is that?!

    +8!3

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  15. oh my god the costumes in this look amazing, I must watch the movie now!

    lovelove, M.
    http://marissaexplains.blogspot.com

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  16. wow, i am definately going to see that!! thanks! xx

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  17. oh wow...

    beautiful photos!!!

    =D

    xoxo

    www.greatmariska.blogspot.com

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  18. The film is good but the book is even better! I only read it a couple of months ago smiled all the way through!

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  19. Awh you actually make me want to watch this movie!!!!

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  20. Ohh, I haven't gotten around to seeing that yet, I will have to watch it soon.

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  21. I love this movie. It is so hilarious.
    And Amy Adams is so adorable! :)
    Xx

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  22. this is definitely my kind of movie. thanks for the recommendation, paula. i can't wait to see it.

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  23. That sounds like such a great movie. I loved Amy Adams in "Enchanted"

    S*

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  24. yes I saw this movie too a couple of times only for the costumes, they are amazing and Amy Adams looks so perfect in them :)

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  25. I love this film so much! I saw it when it first came out, and finally got it myself on dvd this christmas. My dream house would probably look a lot like Delysia's apartment!

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  26. love, love these pictures & amy adams. i need to see this movie. xx

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  27. Oh wow didn't know she lived here!
    xx

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  28. looks so fabulous and lovely. I want to watch it now! :D

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  29. I want to see this now! thanks!

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  30. I must rent that STAT...for the gorgeous grey bedroom alone!

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  31. This is a FABULOUS movie, it brings a smile to my face! So gorgeous and the clothing, the set everything..its just devine!!
    xx

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  32. Beautiful pictures. The costumes, decore and furniture look magnificent. I wouldn't mind seeing it.

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  33. I adore Amy Adams. I didn't realize she was in this movie and I just might have to see it now. Plus the images you've shown here are lovely and it seems the movie would be worthwhile just for the sets and costumes.

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  34. I'd love too! I'll add you to my blog roll in a second :)

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  35. Oh have been meaning to watch this for a so long! it looks wonderful! I think this is the sign that is actually going to get me to watch it...

    Julia

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  36. Loved this movie. The photography is perfect, the clothes, the sets, everything... And both Frances McDormand and Amy Adams are such great actresses. And it's such a simple and lovely story. Great pick. :)

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  37. i love that movie ! it's such a fantastic style inspiration .

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  38. I loved loved this movie! I adore Amy Adams anyways and the music, the costumes (her suit at the end!) and the apartment (that bathroom was gorgeous) were perfect.

    iamemmamusic.blogspot.com

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  39. i have this on my netflix queue! it looks like a beautiful film!

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  40. Oh, god that bedroom is perfect. I must see this movie stat!
    p.s. very beautiful blog :)

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  41. Oh i would really like to see that movie... Hope you had a great day.=)

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  42. This film is soooo much fun, I loved the ending too so sweet :)

    much love always,
    Glendy

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