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MOTION PICTURES FEATURING LACED CORSETS

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Some films have been rated as to their corset-visibility, using little 's.

One denotes little corsetry, while is a VERY GOOD corset-film.

Films with "lacing" scenes are denoted with "Lacing".

Films with corsets UNDER gowns only are denoted with "Gowns".

Obviously, these ratings have little to do with a critical evaluation of the film itself.

NOTE THAT, in some cases, DESCRIPTIONS AND EXAMPLES OF THE TYPE OF CORSET DEPICTED are included
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Note: All clips available here are for review purposes only, presented in order to entice the viewer to purchase the film in its entirety.
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NOTES:

THE NAME IN PARENTHESIS IS USUALLY THE WEARER'S

"TVM" = TELEVISION MOVIE or MINI-SERIES

"TVS" = TELEVISION SERIES


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1990---- BACK TO THE FUTURE III (MARY STEENBURGEN)
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1952---- THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (LANA TURNER)

                  The 'inside' story about Hollywood filmmakers and stars:  Ms. Turner plays an actress in a costume tryout for a fictional film, wearing a 19th-century style
                  dress - it appears they were very unsure of what period, as it combines features of the 1870s (a long train, extra fullness behind) with the 1890s (a wide,
                  unshaped skirt), but they knew that a grand lady of the 19th century ought to be corseted.  Ms. Turner's waist is very small, and when the sequence starts,
                  the costume designer is saying to the producer, "I don't know - the waist has to be that tight, and the train has to be that long!" It appears that Lana can't
                  manage her immense and elaborate gown, accustomed as she is to the relatively informal clothes of the 1950s (which, ironically, are now seen as over-
                  complicated and corseted by modern women!). The producer gives her some guidance, asking her to make a wider turn, and then calls her back to where he
                  is sitting. "Now, siddown!" he commands.  Lana tries, and the line of the bottom of her corset stands out beneath her skirt. She stops halfway and looks scared. 
                  "Can you siddown?" the producer asks. "No!" she says nervously. "That's perfect!" the producer declares, and sends the others out so that he can talk to her -
                  standing up. No visible corsets, no corsets mentioned, but nonetheless an attractively-corseted star.   
Narrative courtesy of Stephen K.

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1994---  BAD GIRLS (VARIED) Click here for still-clip* Victorian

                Various actresses walk around in corsets, mainly in the beginning of the film.

1970---- Gowns & Lacing  THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE () Fifties "Victorian"    Click here for still-clips

                Hooker gets help with lacing her corset from a long-lost customer and friend.

1968----
THE BALLAD OF JOSIE (DORIS DAY)

2001----THE BALLAD OF LUCY WHIPPLE-- TVM  (JENA MALONE & GLEN CLOSE)

                Very short glimpse of the top of a corset

2006---- BANDIDAS (SALMA HAYEK & PENÉLOPE CRUZ)  

                Lots of corsets of a few types in this film.  Here are some examples, as well as some "making of" images.

1957---- Gowns BAND OF ANGELS (YVONNE DE CARLO)

1968---- BARBARELLA--French (JANE FONDA)

The shooting of this film was very painful to Ms. Fonda for physical reasons. She was put in a steel corset and suspended ten meters above the ground by a metal brace; she was attacked in a cage by hundreds of crazed birds; bitten by cannibalistic dolls; and she was locked up in a pleasure machine. The costumes were often more than uncomfortable: her breasts and waist were pushed into a transparent mould. But she showed courage and patience beyond belief.

1998---- THE BARBER OF SIBERIA ("Sibirskij tsiryulnik") --Russian (JULIA ORMOND) 

1996---- BARB WIRE (PAMELA ANDERSON)  Modern leather specialty (front laced) 

                Ms. Anderson was at 17" for this film.

1984---- BACHELOR PARTY (TAWNY KITAEN)

                Merry Widow at party.

1995---- BATMAN FOREVER (DEBI MAZAR) -- Click here for still-clip*

"Spice" in a "corsetted" waist.

1992---- BATMAN RETURNS (MICHELLE PFEIFFER)

 Catwoman in PVC(?) corsetted cat suit.

1963---- BEACH PARTY (DOROTHY MALONE)

1999-
2002----BEASTMASTER--TVS  (VARIED)

A corset on one of the blonde heroines has been spotted.

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1955---- BEAUTIFUL BUT DANGEROUS (GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA) 
                                    Black satin hourglass w/o front closure and apparently cut lace knots
                                   
Released originally in France (in Italian), as La Belle des belles                        

The crowd is shocked when Ms. Lollobrigida removes her coat, giving everybody a good view of her amazing hourglass figure in one very long dueling scene. What exertion in such a tight corset! And the breathing!

[Stephen K.] "I think that Gina shows the smallest waist ever achieved by a mainstream actress - much smaller even than Liz Taylor in Raintree County. I would love to know what size it was. Once she was in that corset, what's more, she obviously was in it for the duration - the laces have been cut off, so if it was loosened a new lace would have had to be put in to bring her down to the desired size. And at that, she managed not only to act, but to fence in it! Quite amazing."

2013----BEAUTIFUL CREATURES ()    Stillclips:   #1    #2

1949---- THE BEAUTIFUL GIRL FROM BASHFUL BEND (BETTY GRABLE)  Hollywood Victorian
                
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Some nice stays in the Pullman car. Note the little bustle!

1991---- BECOMING COLETTE (MATHILDA MAY)

2007----BECOMING JANE (ANNE HATHAWAY)

                A short, but pleasant bedroom room scene where the two sisters are preparing for the ball, and wearing delightful stays; other than that, corsetted gowns
                are sprinkled throughout.

Anne Hathaway (Jane Austen):
"There was a certain grace in Jane's time and it was really fun to live in that period for a few months. I could do without the corsets, however."
 
Julie Walters (Jane's mother, Cassandra Leigh):
"I was glad to get rid of the corset: God, the women suffered in those days. There's so much you can't do because of the corset. I can't do up my own shoes: it's dreadful."  Second comment: "I'm so vain that I demanded the corset be as tight as possible - my lunch was in my throat!" 
                                                                                            AND
'I have my vain moments,” she insists. “The fitting for the dresses and corsets in (this film) was one of them. I said, ‘"Yes, you can pull it in more." Did I regret that! I could hardly breathe, it was so tight. After a while, the bones started poking out of the corset and I had bruises. You loosen it when you have lunch, but when you tighten it again afterwards, you can feel your cottage pie coming up to your chest. Never again!"  
Eimear Ní Mhaoldhomhnaigh (costume designer):
"Having to put on the corsets, especially first thing in the morning, they would say, 'Oh my God, do I have to?' But that's how you get the distinctive look and silhouette of the period. So they have to wear not only very tight fitting corsets but also bum pads. There's an awful lot going on under the dresses and is really important. So many mornings I would tell my girls to make sure they all have the bum pads."
 
The full article from which the above quotes are taken can be found here.

2017----THE BEGUILED - ( & )

              In various on-line interviews costume designer Stacey Battat reveals that all the female cast, including the young school-girls, wear period-correct corsets.  "They all wear corsets, even the
              younger girls… We custom-made all of the corsets, because you can't really buy a corset for a 12-year-old… We helped them—they can’t get into it by themselves… Each morning when you put it
              on, you pull it in a little at a time so you don't push all the air out of the lungs at once… you're taking in the waist and cinching in that middle section; you're expanding the top part of the chest."
             
Elle Fanning behind the scenes          

              Here and here are YouTube videos in which members of the cast talk about the costumes and particularly the corsets.  Here is a New York Times feature on the film’s costumes, which
              includes this reference to a ‘dressing scene’:

        
   For a festive dinner, the belles pull out the stops. “Pull it tighter,” one urges as her corset is laced. Having unearthed their taffeta gowns from deep storage, they show off pinched waists,
              bare arms, throats and shoulders.

1957----BEKENNTISSE DES HOCHSTAPLERS FELIX KRULL - West German "Confessions of Felix Krull" (LISELOTTE PULVER)   Still clips

1939----BEL AMI-- German (OLGA TSCHECHOWA & ILSE WERNER)  

2012---- Gowns BEL AMI (CHRISTINA RICCI, UMA THURMAN & KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS)     Stillclips

2013---- Gowns BELLE ()

1967---- BELLE DE JOUR-- French (CATHERINE DENEUVE)

Brothel house corsets.

2007---- BELLE DE JOUR a/k/a "The Secret Diary of a Call Girl" --TVS  (BILLIE PIPER)    Stillclip   Publicity poster    --Dominatrix Latex type

1952---- Gowns THE BELLE OF NEW YORK (VERA-ELLEN & ALICE PEARCE)     Click here for still-clips and video        Victorian style

1944----Gowns  BELLE OF THE YUKON  ( & )   Still clips

                Some exceptional tightlacing

1997---- THE BEST MAN MAN-- Italian (INES SASTRE)

Strange little corset during the bridal dressing scene.

1969---- BEST HOUSE IN LONDON (JOANNA PETTET Fifties Hollywood style

A "lower class" girl is examined by the lady of the house whilst in her corset. A couple of other short scenes - many corsets.

1982---- THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (DOLLY PARTON)

Dolly, in a black corset, stockings and heels, waiting for her shy companion (Burt Reynolds) to come and join her in the bedroom.

1958---- THE BIG COUNTRY (JEAN SIMMONS)

1957---- THE BIG LAND (VIRGINIA MAYO)
               Short lacing scene -
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2003----BIG FISH (ALISON LOHMAN)

 

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1988---- BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (ACTRESS UNKNOWN)

1989----   BILLY THE KID--TVM (JULIE CARMEN) Click here for 2 still-clips* Victorian style


 

1952----Unlacing  BLACKBEARD, THE PIRATE (LINDA DARNELL)

 

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1942---- THE BLACK SWAN (MAUREEN O'HARA)

2005----BLEAK HOUSE --TVS  (CAREY MULLIGAN & EMMA WILLIAMS)
 

             From a Sunday Mirror (London) article from 30th October 2005: Carey Mulligan, 20, and Emma Williams, 22, know a thing or two about this season's biggest trend,
               having lived and breathed Victoriana thanks to their starring roles in
 Bleak House, the BBC's period drama. 'You get quite strict about your corset - it's like, "Come
              on, tighter, tighter,"'says Carey, who plays Ada Clare. 'I had this gorgeous dress for a wedding scene, but it was ridiculously small. I nearly fainted, my corset was so
              tight. I wore it for eight hours, breathing really slowly so I wouldn't fall over. I'm sure I cracked a rib that day.'  Emma, who plays Rosa...also suffered in the name of
              her art. 'I had original Victorian corsets, so they were really heavy. I spent half the day crouching down to take the weight off my back,' she says. 'But you do get
              addicted to them. I might start wearing one round the house, doing the cleaning in rubber gloves and a corset. I'm a classy girl, me.'
 

           Here is a quote from Gillian Anderson about her part, found on the website of The Washington Post for January 22, 2006:
 
           She seems fragile, but she is actually quite tough,' Anderson said of her character. 'I enjoyed her tremendously, even wearing the corset. It was a very good corset,
           constrictive but not painful. But I still had to decide if I would eat two bites of lunch, or loosen it and eat more, then put it back and feel disgusting the rest of the day.

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1994---- BLIND JUSTICE (ELISABETH SHUE)  -Modern underbust hourglass style

Ms. Shue nurses her baby whilst in corset.

2007----BLOODRAYNE II: DELIVERANCE (NATTASIA MALTHE)

1991---- BLOOD RIVER--TVM (ADRIENNE BARBEAU)

1941---- Gowns BLOSSOMS IN  THE DUST  (GREER GARSON)

                    Tight-bodiced gowns in the first twenty minutes.  

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1944---- BLUEBEARD (JEAN PARKER)

1972---- BLUEBEARD (RAQUEL WELCH)

2004----BLUEBERRY a/k/a 'Renegade'  (JULLIETE LEWIS)

                  Aside from the usual western corsets, there is one short view of a stunning long black corset on a lady in the middle of the town street about half-way through (unfortunately,
                  we have no clip of that one).   Click here for 9 still-clips 
Varied styles

1970---- BOCCACCIO '70 (ANITA EKBERG)

1959---- BONANZA --TVS (NINA SHIPMAN)
1973          
                  In the 'Mountain Girl' episode, there is a lacing scene.  Stillclips and vidclip

2002---- BORN AND BRED--TVS (KELLY HARRISON) A bit of a straight front style    Click here for still-clips
2005
                  One scene lasting only scant seconds

1984---- Gowns THE BOSTONIANS (VANESSA REDGRAVE)

1986---- THE BOY IN BLUE (CYNTHIA DALE)   Click here for still-clips

1962---- BOYS' NIGHT OUT (KIM NOVAK)

1992---- Gowns  BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA (WINONA RYDER & SADIE FROST) -- Click here for still, vidclips and text

                WONDERFUL tight-laced gowns!  About forty minutes into the film, upon The Count's arrival in London, Miss Ryder wears  a green walking suit that displays a stunning waist --
                Miss Ryder wears period clothing SO well!

1958 ---- Gowns THE BRAVADOS (JOAN COLLINS)      Click here for still-clips

                Ms. Collins, who has appeared as a tomboy in cowboy outfits throughout the film, turns up dressed in an azure crinoline dress with an extremely tight bodice, over a tightly-laced figure. 
                No "naked" corset, though.   Review courtesy Stephen K.

1955----- Lacing BRAVE EAGLE-- TVS ()
1956
               In episode "Storm Fool", A young Cheyenne Indian girl is dressed in settler's garb, including her first corset.      Click here for material

1960---- A BREATH OF SCANDAL (SOPHIA LOREN)

Just a peek! But Sophia beautifully corsetted as only she can be!

1956----THE BRIDE IS TOO BEAUTIFUL-- French  "Mariée est trop belle" a/k/a "The Bride is
             Beautiful." and "Her Bridal Night" (BRIGITTE BARDOT)

                Her waist here is certainly impressive, although she is wearing a stretchy "Merry Widow"
                rather than a back-laced corset.  

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1998---- BRIDE OF CHUCKY (JENNIFER TILLY)

                Ms. Tilly sports a beautiful Victorian in the early parts.

1954---- Gowns  BRIGADOON (CYD CHARISSE) Specialty-styled corset  

 Here the corsets are worn outside the lovely, romantic gowns. Unusual and beautiful!

1950---- BRIGHT LEAF (LAUREN BACALL)  Click here for still-clip 

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1982---- BROOKSIDE--TVS (SUE JENKINS et al.....) 
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                A British soap opera - "Wedding Special" episode features a bride in a corseted dress.

1958---- THE BROTHERS  KARAMAZOV (MARIA SCHELL)  Victorian style  Click here for still-clip*

                Girl doing a sensuous dance in a cafe.

2001---- BUBBLE BOY (MARLEY SHELTON)

                Bride dressing for her wedding wears corset.

1995---- Gowns THE BUCCANEERS--TVM (MIRA SORVINO)

 No "naked" corsets here, but sumptuous gowns! Here is an interesting excerpt from an  interview with an actress from this mini-series:

"For the first two weeks it is unbearable in the corsets…Now I put it on, and I'm saying,  'Tighten me in more, tighten me in more!' and they're saying 'Your corset is meeting!  We can't!'"

1972----BUCK AND THE PREACHER (RUBY DEE)

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2008----Lacing  BUDDENBROOKS--German  (IRIS BERBEN, JESSICA SCHWARZ)            Still-clips

1995---- BUFFALO GIRLS--TVM (OLYMPIA DUKAKIS)

1997-----BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER-- TVS- "Doppelgangland" episode ()     Modern Underbust style   Still-clips and Video

               Not too tight.

1985---- A BUNNY'S TALE (KIRSTIE ALLEY)

               Very tight, boned Playboy Bunny costumes

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1999---- THE BUNNY YEARS --TVM  (LAUREN HUTTON)

Lauren Hutton claims she was made to endure an eight inch  waist reduction in her Playboy Bunny costume while filming this true story.

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1960-----HONORABLE MENTION  BUTTERFIELD 8 (ELIZABETH TAYLOR)

                Liz isn't likely wearing a corset here, but displays a VERY small waist!

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