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: All clips available here are for review purposes only, 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
1980----CACTUS JACK a/k/a THE VILLAIN  (ANN MARGRET)
1953---- CALAMITY JANE (DORIS DAY) -- "50s" Hollywood style
Miss Day gives in to corsetting to attract a man! 7 Still clips
1972---- CALL OF THE WILD (MICHELE MERCIER)
Bedroom Corsetted woman.
|1960---- CAN-CAN (JULIET
1944---- Gowns CAN'T HELP SINGING (DEANNA DURBIN) --"50s" Hollywood style Still clips
Early in the film, Ms. Durbin is found out after attempting to be ill, so as to meet her lover.
2003----CARMEN --Spanish (PAZ VEGA)
UN CAPRICE DE CAROLINE CHÉRIE --French
a/k/a "Dear Caroline" (1954) (MARTINE CAROL)
Set in 1789, Ms. Carol dresses down to corset and crinoline in preparation for going to bed with the one man she REALLY despises. An article in Le Corset de
France magazine states that for this film Martine Carol was corseted to just 18½ inches. Still clip
1968---- CAROLINE CHÉRIE --French (FRANCE ANGLADE) --CLIP AVAILABLE ON DESCRIPTOR PAGE
1951---- CARRIAGE ENTRANCE a/k/a "My Forbidden Past"
Miss Carter was quoted as saying: "I had to take exercises before I even could get the corset on. I couldn’t eat while I was wearing it. And I scarcely could breathe. We [Carter and
Gardner] tried to eat just once. It was agony."
1962-----Gowns CARTOUCHE a/k/a "Swords of Blood" (ODILE VERSOIS & CLAUDIA CARDINALE) Still clips and videos
1959-----Gowns LA CASA de la TROYA de RAFAEL GIL --Spanish Excerpt on YouTube
2005----Gowns CASANOVA --TVM (TAMZIN GRIFFIN & ROSE BYRNE)
1954----CASANOVA'S BIG NIGHT (JOAN FONTAINE)
1991----THE CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES--TVS (JOANNA McCALLUM)
Specifically, "The Eligible Bachelor" episode.
2002----CASE OF EVIL -TVM (GABRIELLE ANWAR) BUY THE DVD
A lady unlaces, then pulls off a mid-1890's era corset.
2009----CASTLE - TVS (STANA
In Series 7, Episode 7, Katic appears wearing a 'sexy gunslinger' outfit - low-cut black blouse, tight black jeans, black knee boots, and a black corset laced over everything else.
Video Off-set stills Still
2008----CASUALTY 1907 - TVS (CHARITY
Ms. Wakefield: 'It was actually quite an intense experience wearing those uniforms. You are so strapped in. You’ve got really thick tights, you’ve got all your undergarments
and you’ve got a very difficult corset to wear. In Sense And Sensibility the corsets were tight, they are ones that want to pull in your rib cage because the dresses are empire line,
but the Edwardian ones come much higher and much lower, so they actually constrict your walking. The breathing is right from the bottom of your lung to the top, so you don't have
any choice but to be calm and collected as a woman. You can't run around and be silly! It forces you to be demure, which is really not very easy for us modern women.'
1965----Lacing CAT BALLOU (JANE FONDA, but the corsetee is LEE MARVIN) Still clips
1995----Gowns CATHERINE THE GREAT German/US TVM ("Katherina die Große") (CATHERINE ZETA-JONES) Still clips
At one point, a gentleman cuts Ms. Zeta-Jones' corset laces in preparation for lovemaking. Otherwise, she is breathtaking in her tight basques.
2005---- Lacing Gowns CATHERINE THE GREAT - TVM (EMILY BRUNI) Still clips
2014---- Gowns CATHERINE THE GREAT - Russian - TVM (YULIYA SNIGIR) Trailer and information Publicity picture
2000---- THE CELL (JENNIFER LOPEZ)
1946---- Gowns CENTENNIAL SUMMER (JULIA ROGERS) Still clips
Takes place in 1876. A variety of gowns only, but we are particularly taken by the scene where the younger daughter leans over to look out of the window and, through the extremely
tight silk of her bodice, we get a clear shot of the ridge of flesh pushed up above the top of her stays.
1954---- Lacing/Gowns CENTO ANNI D'AMORE--Italian (ACTRESS UNKNOWN) --Classic Victorian style
The lady of the house gets some help lacing her corset. One short lacing scene.
1997---- THE CHAMBERMAID ON THE TITANIC a/k/a "La Femme de chambre du Titanic" --Spanish
Several displays worth viewing.
1975----CHAMPAGNEALOPP a/k/a "My Favorite Butler" and "The Groove Room" (SUE LONGHURST)
Three scenes in this one. In the first, while a Victorian gent and lady
have tea, her maid and his
butler move in and out in the background while doing a striptease, and we see
1992---- CHAPLIN (VARIED)--Varied styles 6 Still clips
1968---- CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (JILL BENNETT & TREVOR HOWARD)
These still clips are of
'Mrs. Fanny Duberly' and 'Lord Cardigan' in corsets. Unfortunately Ms. Bennett
has a corset cover
covering her red corset (historically correct though).
2000---- CHARLIE'S ANGELS (LUCY LIU)
Ms. Liu wears what APPEARS to be a corset, but COULD only be a bustier, so we
included the entry just in case.
2006---- CHARMED -TVS (ALYSSA MILANO & ShANNEN DOHERTY)--Varied styles Still clips
1996---- THE CHEROKEE KID (ACTRESS UNKNOWN)--Modern underbust
Salon girls - short scene.
2000---- Gowns THE CHERRY ORCHARD (KARIN CARTLIDGE) Still clip
From an interview with beautiful leading lady Karin Cartlidge in the "London Times" (February 5, 2000):
"'These bloody corsets do a lot for repression: I nearly fainted in one. I find them quite sexy; actually, it's a funny sort of thing. They hold you in like a cold iron hand round your
heart, therefore all your emotions just seethe away underneath it. It's like being in a sort of prison and it's quite exciting, there's something erotic about it.'"
1970---- THE CHEYENNE SOCIAL CLUB (SHIRLEY JONES)
Call girls galore in their corsets!
2002----CHICAGO (CATHERINE ZETA-JONES & RENÉE ZELLWEGER)
Ms. Zellweger sports a laced corset, albeit not too tight.
1968---- CHITTY, CHITTY, BANG, BANG (ANNA QUAYLE) "50s" Hollywood style
One scene showing a song and dance for the king.
2013---- Gowns THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE (SAMANTHA BARKS) Still clip
praises the costumes, and remarks particularly, 'Leading lady Samantha Barks
appears to be quite tiny to begin with, but her corsets must have been so tight
during filming that I’m sure it must have been a relief when the film was over! I love wearing corsets myself, but on a couple of her costumes you can tell that she was very tightly-laced.'
2003----CHROMIUMNBLUE.COM (SUMMER ALTICE, ERICA PRIOR) 14 Still clips
2005----THE CHRONICLES OF NARIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (TILDA SWINTON)
For her role in this film, Ms. Swinton requested that her corset be laced so tightly that she could only rest propped up on a stand between takes.
2009----CIGARETTE GIRL (CORI DIALS) Still clips
1999---- Lacing/Gowns UK TVM CINDERELLA (MARCELLA PLUNKETT) "50s" Hollywood style and cincher
The story is set in the early 1950s, and Kathleen Turner, as the stepmother, and Katrin Cartlidge and Lucy Punch, as the sisters are beautiful and devastatingly glamorous in the
styles of the time. All wear tight, figure-emphasizing clothes in every scene. Early on, the sisters are seen relaxing in their room before bed in their underwear, with strong
black corsets. At the ball there are many obviously corseted gowns, and one of the sisters wears a dress with a matching corset laced over it and the laces tied visibly behind.
At the end, when Cinderella has been identified, her stepmother gives her a "makeover", and she is shown in a bedroom gasping, "Stop, please stop!" while Kathleen Turner laces
her into a tight black corset with one foot braced in her back. Not very many actual corsets, and though all the figures are rock solid, the waists are not severely constricted, but
the lacing scene is first rate; not the least of why is the incredible expressions on Ms. Plunkett's face! (Reviewed by Stephen)
CINDERELLA TMV (NATALIE
One of the "ugly sisters" (the splendidly voluptuous Minerva, played by Miss Desselle) is seen quarrelling with her mother (Bernadette Peters) as she hurries through their house in
her corset and crinoline underskirts. Peters orders her, "Stand still, Minerva!" and gives her a good tight-lacing, ending with a knee in her back. Minerva protests, "Mother, you're
hurting me!" and Peters declares, "Beauty knows no pain, girls!" I regret to say, though, that in profile views you can see that the costume "corset" is not properly rigid, the laces come
out of it in the wrong place (at the bottom instead of at the waist), and over the bust it is actually considerably too loose. Video clip (relevant scene is at minute 11)
Reviewed by Stephen
2015----Lacing/Gowns CINDERELLA (LILY JAMES) StillClips and more
2002----Lacing CINDERELLA II: Dreams Come True (ANIMATED)
In the first chapter, ladies-in-waiting are dressing Cinderella up for
her first morning's royal
appearance as a princess. Side view of the corseting, head on and hands
views of her
1953----CITY OF BAD MEN (JEANNE
Miss Crain was laced to 19 inches from a natural 22 inches, but was quoted as saying:
"The fabric, lace and steel ribs add on exactly the three inches that they squeeze down. What happens is that it doesn’t change your dimensions so much as it changes a gal’s shape.
We’re built flatter and wider in the waist. The corset makes us perfectly and unnaturally round."
Some corsets on view, as well as a very small unlacing scene
1969---- CLÉRAMBARD - French (DANY CARREL) Video Poster
1996 --- CLUBBED TO DEATH - "Dançar Até Morrer" ( a/k/a "Lola") French (BÉATICE DALLE)
An incredibly lovely nightclub dancer is seen first active backstage and then dancing in front of the club wearing a short black satin corset with
prominent busk clips and back lacing; when dancing she adds a short hoop underskirt. (Reviewed by Stephen)
2009----COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY - French (ANNA MOUGLALIS) Still clips
|2008----COCO BEFORE CHANEL - French
Glimpses of corsets in first half.
|2008----COCO CHANEL -TVS (SHIRLEY
MACLAINE & BARBORA BOBULOVA)
A full-view corset is seen on a supporting actress early on.
1995 --- COLD COMFORT FARM -TVM (EILEEN ATKINS)
No one wearing stays (unfortunately), but there is a woman in the movie who
lingerie (though it's not antique yet since the movie is set in the twenties).
There are a few
shots of girdles and corsets on dress forms, and even though the scene is brief, it's worth mentioning.
2003---- Gowns COLD MOUNTAIN (NICOLE KIDMAN)
Ms. Kidman has ONE remarkably neat waist!
1961---- COLD WIND IN AUGUST (LOLA ALBRIGHT)
2004--- COLETTE, UNE FEMME LIBRE - French TVS (MARIE TRINTIGNANT) Still clips
2008---COMMANCHE MOON -TVS (ELIZABETH BANKS)
2006--- COMMEDISEX (ELENA SANTARELLI)
(Hook-and-eye bustiers only)
1984----Gowns THE COMPANY OF WOLVES (SARAH PATTERSON)
1943---- Gowns CONEY ISLAND (BETTY GRABLE)
Look carefully! Ms. Grable's corset can be seen under the translucent robe.
1994----CONVERSATION WITH THE VAMPIRE (VARIED)
1957----CONFESSIONS OF FELIX KRULL - West German "Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull" (LISELOTTE PULVER) Still clips
|2012----COPPER - TVS (ANASTASIA
An interview with Ms. Griffith has her saying that she was very tightly corseted for her 1864 costumes, having to take care what she ate and occasionally feeling faint. She also ignorantly says, "They
would have to carry smelling salts in their purse at all times, because their expectation was that they would faint and they would collapse from the difficulty of wearing these
clothes. That was a big thing. [The corsets] were so tight that [women] would have ribs taken out so that they could be tighter – and this is all for aesthetics, to please the
opposite sex and to be this dolly shape that the men seemed to want..."
1960----CORONATION STREET - TVS (HELEN
WORTH...AND MANY OTHERS)
Still clips plus
2005----Lacing CORPSE BRIDE (ANIMATED) Still clips
1996---- CORSET --Korean (UNKNOWN)
1899----THE CORSET MODEL --silent (UNKNOWN)
The scene opens with a salesman displaying corsets to the buyer of a country store. He calls in a female model and tries a corset on her.
1984---- THE CORSICAN BROTHERS a/k/a "Cheech and Chong's The Corsican Brothers" (EDIE McCLURG)
Small, token corset appearance
1956---- THE COURT JESTER (GLYNIS JOHNS)
1998 --- Gowns COUSIN BETTE (ELISABETH SHUE & JESSICA LANG ) -- 1840s style 5 Still clips
Short scenes with Ms. Shue in a variety of stays. The gowns are worth a look as well.
1972---- THE COWBOYS (COLLEEN DEWHURST)
1954----- CROSSED SWORDS (GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA) Lacing before filming and lobby cards
1996----THE CROW - CITY OF ANGELS (MIA KIRSCHNER)
Odd corset-like garment from the 'future'.
2015----CRIMSON PEAK (MIA WASIKOWSKA, JESSICA CHASTAIN) Images
1999----CRUEL INTENTIONS (SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR) -- Low Victorian style 6 Still clips + collage
One corset worn in the opening long scene, with a rather disappointing girth.
1990----CYRANO BE BERGERAC (ANNE BROCHET)
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