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: What started as small references and information for corsetry in film, has now grown into a vast data base and super resource referencing corsets, lacing and gowns. Thanks to all our contributors, we were able to compile all this amazing information. All clips available here are for review purposes only of course, presented in order to entice the viewer to purchase the film in its entirety. All copyrights are respected.
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THE NAME IN PARENTHESIS IS USUALLY THE WEARER'S
"TVM" = TELEVISION MOVIE or MINI-SERIES
"TVS" = TELEVISION SERIES
1978----ADELÉ JESTE NEVECERELA Czech (NADA KONVALINKOVÁ) Still-clip
2013----DAS ADLON. EINE FAMILIENSAGA German (JOSEFINE PREUß) Stillclip #1 #2
THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON (a/k/a "Paradise Lagoon")
Standard Victorian waists - however, an opportunity for visible corsets was not
taken in this film when the aristocratic family
1978---- THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES' SMARTER BROTHER (MADELINE KAHN) Still-clip*
2001---- Gowns/Lacing THE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE (HILARY SWANK) Still-clips
Stunning pre-revolution France gowns and some 'naked' corsets now and then. One lacing scene.
AFFINITY TVM (ANNA
Visible mid-Victorian corsets, especially towards end.
THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (MICHELLE PFEIFFER
/ WINONA RYDER)
According to a friend of Ryder's (Winona) she injured a rib (bruised?) wearing a corset during this film. She had corsetted to 17".
2006----AGENT PROVOCATEUR Internet video (KATE MOSS) Promotional wallpaper
1954----AH! LES BELLES BACCHANTES (a/k/a 'Femmes de Paris') French (COLETTE BROSSET) Still-clips
At least two Fin de Cecle undressing scenes showing corset.
Gowns L'AIGLE À DEUX TÊTES -French
a/k/a "The Eagle Has Two Heads" (EDWIGE
"From start to finish, it
'contains' (pardon the pun) tightly-laced women in wonderful outfits. No
lacing scenes, just authentically and exquisitely nipped
1905---- AIRY FAIRY LILLIAN TRIES ON HER NEW CORSETS (ACTRESS UNKNOWN)
A very large woman, wearing a shift, stands beside a bed and tries to put on a corset. After failing to get it around her, she calls her husband in. He stands behind her holding the
corset and reaches around her so she can grasp and begin to tie it in front. He tightens the laces in back. She's done, and he's done in, collapsing onto the bed as she laughs and
laughs at him.
|2001- 2006|| ALIAS TVS (JENNIFER
Occasional corsets are to be seen worn by Ms. Garner (specifically the 9th episode).
1958--- ALIAS JESSE JAMES (RHONDA FLEMING)
2000--- Gowns ALL FORGOTTEN a/k/a "Lover's Prayer" (KIRSTEN DUNST)
1982-92-'ALLO 'ALLO! British TVS (KIM HARTMAN)--Victorian
2011----AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW - TVS
Publicity moving GIF
1965---- THE AMOROUS ADVENTURES OF MOLL FLANDERS (KIM NOVAK)
2003----Lacing AMOR REAL Mexican ("Real Love") (MANY, MANY ACTRESSES) VidClip
1915----(silent) ANTOSHA RUINED BY A CORSET Russian (ACTRESS UNIDENTIFIED) YouTube presentation
are in Russian and I can make little of them, but an account
explains the plot. Antosha (male) gets drunk and brings his friends back to his
flat. They dance
one of the ladies feels faint (I managed to make out that the caption at 5:28 means 'Ai, ai, corset too tight'). She takes her stays off and forgets to carry them away when she leaves. When
Antosha wants to conceal evidence of the party from his wife he has to get rid of them, and the joke is that they keep coming back." - Stephen K.
1957---- ...AND GOD CREATED WOMAN (BRIGITTE BARDOT)
2000----ANDROMEDA -TVS (LISA RYDER) -Science fiction corsets 2 still-clips
1964----Gowns ANGÉLIQUE, MARQUISE DES ANGES (Angélique, Marquisa of the Angels) (MICHÈLE MERCIER) Still-clips
This was the first episode in the 'Angélique' film series: Ms. Mercier displays some nice laced gowns,
1966----Gowns ANGÉLIQUE ET LE ROY (Angélique and the King) French (MICHÈLE MERCIER) Still-clips
This was the third episode of five in the 'Angélique'
film series: Ms. Mercier displays some nice laced gowns, as well as
1968----ANGÉLIQUE ET LE SULTAN (Angélique and the Sultan) French (MICHÈLE MERCIER) Still-clips
This was the fifth and last episode in the 'Angélique' film series.: Ms. Mercier is sold and sent to a harem. Only a dress, but it is easy to see that she is well-laced.
1995---- Gowns ANGELS AND INSECTS (KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS)
The only shot of a corset is the leading lady holding one, but the film is well worth seeing for the sumptuous gowns!
2001----L' ANGLAISE ET LE DUC French a/k/a "The Lady and the Duke" (LUCY RUSSELL)--French Revolution style
Corset in dressing scene (sans lacing)
1987---- ANNA (SALLY KIRKLAND)
ANNA KARENINA (SOPHIE
Minimal 'naked' corset appearance.
ANNA KARENINA TVS (HELEN McCRORY)
2012----ANNA KARENINA (KEIRA KNIGHTLEY) Stillclips
1999---- Gowns ANNA AND THE KING (JODIE FOSTER)
From an interview with Miss Foster:
"......But everyone was sweating it after the vast production set up shop last year under Malaysia's scorching sun. ''Getting 25 elephants, 2,000 extras, and 250 horses back to position 1 for take 2 in 120-degree heat doesn't always happen as fast as you want it to,'' says Tennant. Luckily, he could count on his leading lady to keep cool under pressure. ''In the heat and humidity I was in corset, bonnet, three petticoats, a hoopskirt, leather boots, and gloves,'' she says. ''It makes you realize that back then these English people were insane. Luckily I'm not a big sweater, or this film really could have been a disaster
For the complete text, visit: www.pathfinder.com/ew/moviepreview/0,3971,112,annaking.html
|1946--||ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM (IRENE DUNNE) YouTube Film clips: #1 #2 #3||
1960---- ANNA OF BROOKLYN (GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA) --Click here for MOVIE still-clip*
1951---- Gowns/Lacing ANNE OF THE INDIES (JEAN PETERS) Still-clips
No corsets as such, but there is a brief 'lacing' scene in which Ms. Peters is
trying on a lady's dress she had found
amongst some captured loot (she had never worn anything but trousers
before), and the leading male character laces up the back for her. He pulls it quite tight, telling her that was how it was meant to be worn, and she makes a comment about how restrictive it is.
1969---- ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS (GENEVIEVE BUJOLD)
2011---- L'APOLLONIDE (SOUVENIRS DE LA MAISON CLOSE French (House of Tolerance)" (HAFSIA HERZI) Still-clips
for still-clips plus
Ms. Zellweger plays in elegantly formed dresses, clearly corsetted, like most of the other female characters. In one scene, her corset plays a short role, as a stolen item by Indians, traded
for a horse...<lol>. (This explains the pictures with the cowboy plus corset on a lance, like a flag...). Only one scene where the maid removes another actress's corset, but her gowns are nothing
to scoff at!"
1997-----APRIL FOOL'S DAY -TVM (SUSIE BLAKE) Video clip
1999---- Gowns THE ARISTOCRATS - TVM (GERALDINE SOMERVILLE) Click here for a still-clip*
|1956---||AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (MARLENE DIETRICH) Click here for still-clip and promo|
|1989---||AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS - TVS (JULIA NICKASON-SOUL)||
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (CÉCILE
ARSÈNE LUPIN -French (KRISTIN
SCOTT THOMAS & EVA
Click here for still-clips
Ms. Thomas plays Josephine, comtesse de Cagliostro - an immortal countess and a jewellery thief. 'More countesses - I never get away from them,' she joked. The actress, 44, thoroughly enjoyed the role. 'I never die, never get old. It's fantastic. I have to keep sipping very strange elixir, and I have all sorts of strange things up my sleeve, like knives and poison. She's calculating, scheming, wicked, evil,' she said. 'There's nothing nice about her, basically - apart from her corset, which is quite wonderful.'
|1997--||--ARTEMISIA -French (VALENTINA CERVI) -17th century Italian bodices||
2011-----ARTHUR (JENNIFER GARNER)
2015----ARTHUR AND GEORGE - TVS (HATTIE MORAHAN)
Ms Morahan apparently had to wear very tight
corsets for the role - she is quoted in
the Daily Mail newspaper (link):
‘We needed to achieve Jean Leckie's
(eventual wife of Conan Doyle)
silhouette – which was tiny. So every morning Les [Lansdown, the costume designer] and an assistant would be there with a tape measure going, “We need to go in another inch!” Here is a
photo of the real Jean Leckie, found on this page, which is about Conan Doyle.
1968---- ARIZONA BUSHWACKERS (YVONNE DECARLO)
THE ASSASSINATION BUREAU (DIANA RIGG & ANNABELLA INCONTRERA) -Hollywood
Belle Epoch style
Click here for still-clips
Two women, competing for the same man, dress up in corsets before mirrors. One medium long scene - Ms. Rigg, in fancy black stays (not very small waisted), poses before a mirror tugging on her laces. Tying them off temporarily, she inspects her bosom surging out of the top of her corset. She isn't satisfied, and decides to pull herself a bit tighter! Very cute.
1999----ASTERIX ET OBELIX CONTRE CÉSAR -French (ARIELLE DOMBASLE) 2 still-clips
2007---- L‘AUBERGE ROUGE -French "The Red Inn" (JOSIANE BALASKO) Still-clips
1972----AUCH FUMMELN WILL GELERNT SEIN -German (SONJA BURIAN) -Semi-Overbust Click here for a still-clip*
One short bedroom scene.
1961-69- THE AVENGERS--TVS (DIANA RIGG)
In the episode, A Touch of Brimstone, (as well as others) Emma Peel appears as "The Queen of Sin," in a fetish leather corset. YouTube clip - frame
1962---- AXEL MUNTHE - DER ARTZ VON SAN MICHELE-- West German "The Story of San Michele" (ROSANNA SCHIAFFINO) IMAGES
Two short encounters with corsets: 1. Ms. Schiaffino has to undress in order to be vaccinated. 2. We see Renate Ewert, a stylish lady of the early 20th century, is laced in by a nurse, while she commands: "Feel free to lace me stronger." When she learns that she became pregnant, she is horrified by the thought of not being able to wear the fashionable clothes so necessary for the upcoming ball season.
1998-----AZUL TEQULIA -Mexican TVS (XIMENA RUBIO) Click here for a still-clip
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