Helena Bonham Carter (pictured below with Carey Mulligan) takes part in the filming of “Suffragette” at Parliament in London, England. This is the first time filming for a movie has been allowed in The Houses of Parliament. “Suffragette” is due for release in 2015.
Everybody looks so perfectly of-the-period. You could remove the color from these pictures, dirty them up a bit, and convincingly pass them off as period photos. Not the shots with the puffy jackets, of course. Those are a little jarring. Like seeing the Mad Men cast with cell phones.
Helena, Carey and Meryl Streep all have faces that look period-appropriate in that indefinable way (which is why they’ve all found themselves cast in more than a handful of period films). You put them in the right costumes and they can look astonishingly at home in a setting like this. You’ve got to have the right actors in the costumes in order to sell the whole thing. You do it wrong and you get something like Cameron Diaz, with her perfect flat American diction and straight white teeth, in Gangs of New York, a casting that’ll get Tom to rant at the drop of a hat. There wasn’t a costume in existence that was going to make that casting seem believable and accurate.
Notice how much HBC stands out in this crowd; the purples and greens of her costume set off against all the black costumes that surround her.
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