Thursday, August 18, 2011

Late 60s Goldie

The other night I watched Goldie Hawn's first starring movie role in 1969's Cactus Flower, co-starring Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman. Goldie won an Academy Award for her turn as the ingenue Toni Simmons who attempts suicide in the opening scene. It's interesting that her daughter Kate Hudson's breakout role in Almost Famous wasn't dissimilar.
It's quite funny watching comedies from this flower power era as some of them are so self-consciously groovy. The scene where Goldie and Ingrid are dancing in the nightclub is hilarious. Having said that, this is a really cute film, with great performances by the three main leads. And Goldie looks as cute as a button. The costume designer on the film was Moss Mabry, who was also responsible for Barbra Streisand's gorgeous looks in The Way We Were. Goldie wears lots of block colours, super mini mini skirts and long gold beads in a nod to hippie culture. There's a fabulous scene where Walter and Goldie are in the Guggenheim and Goldie is wearing a gorgeous navy suit with a red scarf. Love it.

And here's the original trailer.

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