Cinema Aesthetic :: The Witches of Eastwick

April 25, 2012


At some point in the early 1990s, I first watched The Witches of Eastwick and got completely swept up in the whole concept of witches, magic and what happens when a dangerous man comes into your life. Most important lesson learnt was if you ever sat around with two of your best friends talking about who would be the perfect man and one shows up out of the blue and all three of you are inexplicably drawn to him, grab some holy water and RUN in the opposite direction. Because you are obviously brujas who have just conjured up the deevil.

Looking back, I was way too young to really be watching it but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it nonetheless. Then again, I did watch it on network t.v. so a lot of it was edited and I would get some of the euphemisms here and there. Anyway, I hadn’t seen it in years and watched the unedited version recently with a fresh pair of adult eyes. Good lawd, there were definitely things that had originally gone over my head but I still enjoyed it just as much as I did as a child. The one thing that I find when I watch movies from the late 1980’s is that sometimes the fashion doesn’t hold up. It looks either too time specific but honestly the three main female leads in the movie wear fashions that I still see people wearing and some outfits that I would still rock today.

Lately, I have been OBSESSED with big hair. The bigger the better. Full, wild curls.

Costume designer Aggie Guerard Rogers definitely did a great job. Susan Sarandon’s character Jane undergoes a big transformation from being a mousy music teacher into a va-va vroom sexpot wearing some of my favorite pieces in the movie, including this fabulous gold lamé dress with a plunging sweetheart neckline. Shiny & sexy = is right up my alley.

Then there’s one scene where Jane is strolling through the supermarket in a sleeveless sundress and rocking frilly socks with sandals.

 At one point, Sookie (Michelle Pfieffer) is wearing a pajama set with a Hawaiian shirt motif matching robe but I could definitely wear that robe as some type of flowy jacket over a plain white t-shirt and some jean shorts. It satisfies my inner Golden Girl.

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Also as a bonus, since I was influenced by the movie I decided to make a quick Heaven & Hell playlist for fun.

Check it out.



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