Wednesday, February 17, 2016


"A Single Man" (2009), by Tom Ford, with Colin Firth, Nicolas Hoult
Screenshot from "A Single Man" (2009), by Tom Ford, with Colin Firth, Nicolas Hoult

"In the locker room, George takes off his clothes, gets into his sweatsocks, jockstrap and shorts. Shall he put on a tee shirt? He looks at himself in the long mirror. Not too bad. The bulges of flesh over the belt of the shorts are not so noticeable today. The legs are quite good. The chest muscles, when properly flexed, don't sag. And, as long as he doesn't have his spectacles on, he can't see the little wrinkles inside the elbows, above the kneecaps around the hollow of the sucked-in belly. The neck is loose and scraggy under all circumstances, in all lights, and would look gruesome even if he were half-blind. He has abandoned the neck altogether, like an untenable military position.
Yet he looks - and doesn't he know it! - better than nearly all of his age-mates at this gym. Not because they're such in bad shape - they are healthy enough specimens. What's wrong with them is their fatalistic acceptance of middle age, their ignoble resignation to grandfatherhood, impending retirement and golf. George is different from them because, in some sense which can't quite be defined but which is immediately apparent when you see him naked, he hasn't given up. He is still a contender, and they aren't. Maybe it's nothing more mysterious than vanity which gives him this air of a withered boy? Yes, despite his grim-lipped, strutting spryness, you catch occasional glimpses of a ghostly someone else, soft-faced, boyish, pretty. The combination is bizarre, it is older than middle age itself, but it is there.
Looking grimly into the mirror, with distaste and humor, George says to himself, You old ass, who are you trying to seduce? And he puts on his tee shirt."
-- Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man (1964)


"A Single Man" (2009), by Tom Ford, with Colin Firth, Nicolas Hoult


"A Single Man" (2009), by Tom Ford, with Colin Firth, Nicolas Hoult

"A Single Man" (2009), by Tom Ford, with Colin Firth, Nicolas Hoult
Four screenshots from "A Single Man" (2009), by Tom Ford, with Colin Firth, Nicolas Hoult

3 comments:

JiEL said...

J'ai le DVD et c'est un des films à avoir dans une collection de drames gais....

Je l'aime aussi pour le décor avec meubles de teck que j'affectionne spécialement. Mon appartement en est meublé.
Maman fut d'avant garde au Québec en nous meublant avec ce style en 1964..

joseph said...

un moment (des moments) d'intense émotion! et que de non montrés mais tellement bien suggérés !

another country said...

Un grand film et un grand texte.