Finally, a fun, period piece that I can share with my girlfriends. Move over Pride & Prejudice and Bridget Jones' Diary, here comes Mrs. Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Besides, the film is all about lingerie...and you know how I love lingerie!
What is the film about, you ask?
According to imdb, "War threatens London as Miss Pettigrew, a destitute governess, filches a client's card from her agency and presents herself at the door. A singer named Delysia Lafosse wants a social secretary as she seeks a West End role by sleeping with a feckless producer in the bed of Nick, a smarmy nightclub owner with whom she also dallies. She ignores Michael, her piano player, who loves her and has tickets for New York on the Queen Mary. Miss Pettigrew's job is to make sure Delysia gets the part. Over 24 hours, Miss Pettigrew is also called upon to help an ambitious and unfaithful fashion editor patch things up with her older fiancé, a lingerie designer. Has Miss Pettigrew found her calling?"
Is the film worth seeing?
Life in Lingerie says about the film, "If you’re looking for a rom-com that both you and your significant other will be able to stomach, you’d do well to check out “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day,” starring the always brilliant Frances McDormand and the adorable Amy Adams. This lighthearted British farce was adapted from a 1939 novel, and it is a prime example of the screwball comedy genre, full of wacky shenanigans and improbable situations. Amy Adams does a phenomenal job of capturing the sensuality and frivolity that actresses like Carole Lombard and Marilyn Monroe perfected on the silver screen - she must have studied My Man Godfrey and Some Like it Hot prior to filming. It lacks the depth of many other films covering the Bright Young Things in pre-war London, but it is still thoroughly enjoyable, thanks to the excellent cast and sumptuous cinematography. Lille fans will love the lingerie fashion show in a gilded hotel ballroom and are sure to enjoy the debate about foundation undergarments…here’s a great quote: 'you, as nature intended.'”
Images in this post are from the film Mrs. Pettigrew Lives for a Day.
Anyway you look at it, with Mrs. Pettigrew's talented cast, fun premise, and vintage lingerie, it seems like a great way to Celebrate Your Inner Eve at the movies!