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
2013-----MACHETE KILLS (SOFÍA VERGARA) Images
1970-----MACHO CALLAHAN (JEAN
Occasional Western beer hall corset appearance
1934---- MADAME BOVARY--French (VALENTINE TESSIER)--Low Victorian style
Madame's corset makes a few "cameo" appearances--nothing spectacular. The nice part is that one need not read the subtitles to realize what they are! <g>
1949---- Gowns MADAME BOVARY-- (JENNIFER JONES)
1975---- MADAME BOVARY -- TVS (FRANCESCA ANNIS)--Low Victorian style Still-clips
An interesting undressing scene.
1991---- Lacing MADAME BOVARY (ISABELLE HUPPERT)--Victorian style Still-clips
One short bedroom scene with Miss Huppert in her corset.
2000---- Gowns/Lacing MADAME BOVARY -- TVM (FRANCES O'CONNOR)--Victorian style 2 Still-clips
Several nice tight-bodiced crinoline gowns. Bedroom scene with heroine in bed and an impressive set of hoops on a stand in the window waiting for her. Discussion on health issues in pregnancy. Doctor Bovary lays down the law: "Absolutely no more tight-lacing!" A couple of short corset scenes including one seduction in a wood. Scene on the wedding night with the new Madame Bovary in elaborate corset. Doctor Bovary lacing his wife. Extreme close up of the laces being pulled out, later 2-shots of them together showing what he is doing in context. She criticizes his technique and says he isn't doing it right, "We must get a maid." He again doubts that she should be "tight-lacing" and finally announces, "It won't go any tighter," and ties the laces off. Also, One brief corset scene, where Madame Bovary is being undressed by her ecstatic lover. He unhooks her busk without loosening the laces first. (Review compliments of Stephen.)
1953----Gowns MADAME DE... --French (DANIELLE DARRIEUX)
Possibly no 'naked' corsets visible, but Mademoiselle Darrieux's waist is stunning
2008----MADE OF HONOR (MICHELLE
One short visible corset scene.
1951---- Gowns THE MAGIC BOX (MARIA SCHELL)
Nice attention to detail in many corsetted gowns.
1942---- THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (DOLORES COSTELLO)
2000----THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN -- TVS (LAURIE HOLDEN)
From an interview with
Miss Holden: "He leads me to my own
dressing room. With my name on it. OK, it was just printed on some tape that
they stuck on the door, but it is my name. And
1964---- MAIL ORDER BRIDE (BARBARA LUNA) Images
1951---- LA MAISON BONNADIEU French (FRANÇOISE ARNOUL & DANIELLE DARRIEUX) Images and some commentary
2010---- MAISON CLOSE French TVS (VANESSA ALMEIDA & BLANDINE BELLAVOIR ...et al) Stillclips: #1 #2
2016----MA LOUT French "Slack Bay" (VALERIA BRUNI TEDESCH) Edwardian
The director Bruno Dumont says in an interview, "We
couldn’t find the characters unless the actors wore the costumes. We put Valeria
Bruni Tedeschi in a very strong corset, because she had
to conform herself and become really straight. She asked that they tie the corset even tighter so that she could perform in the way that I wanted her to perform, to restrain her; she has that
very restrained character."
1976---- LA MAÎTRESSE--French (BULLE OGIER) Fetish latex style Still-clip*
A professional dominatrix (Ms. Ogier) falls for the character played by Gerard Depardieu. When Ogier goes down into her dungeon only to find her corsets are too tight and she cannot breathe; she has to struggle back upstairs to be freed by Depardieu. The groans are priceless.
1959----Gowns MAKE MINE A MILLION (SABRINA a/k/a Norma Sykes) 8 Images
Sabrina appears in a short cameo at the beginning of the film. She wears a very
tight lamé sheath dress that shows off
every detail of her amazingly corseted
figure. It is claimed that her measurements in her heyday were 42-17-36.
UNK----THE MAKING OF A LEGEND, "GONE WITH THE WIND"--TVM (VARIED ACTRESSES)
Various women try out for the part of "Scarlett" and use the "Mamie" lacing scene to audition.
UNK----MAN AND HIS MUSIC (ACTRESS UNKNOWN)
1953----MAN IN THE ATTIC (CONSTANCE SMITH)
1998---- Gowns THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK (JUDITH GODRECHE)
Several scrumptious gowns* with with corset obviously underneath and one little glimpse of a seventeenth century French corset.
1955----Lacing MAN WITH THE GUN
a/k/a 'The Trouble Shooter' (JAN
1956---- MANOEVERZWILLING--Austrian (DORIS KIRSCHNER)--Victorian Style
Ms. Kirschner in a hugging Victorian corset. A fine figure, indeed!
1944---- MAN OF EVIL--a/k/a FANNY BY GASLIGHT (KATHLEEN NESBITT)
1958----MAN OF THE WEST (JULIE LONDON)
1999---- MANSFIELD PARK (FRANCIS O'CONNOR)--Victorian style 6 Still-clips
2007--- MANSFIELD PARK-TVM (BILLIE PIPER)
1973----THE MAN WHO LOVED CAT DANCING (SARAH
Very short undressing scene OWN THE DVD
2001----THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE (FRANCES McDORMAND)--Thirties Style Still-clip*
One short scene.
1955----Lacing MAN WITH THE GUN (JAN STERLING) Vidclip of relevant scenes
Ms. Sterling has ONE incredible corsetted waist!
1955---- THE MAN WHO LOVED REDHEADS (MOIRA SHEARER)
One very short 'naked' corset scene.
2006----Gowns MARIE ANTOINETTE (KIRSTEN DUNST) Still-clips
1979---- THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN--German (HANNA SCHYGULLA)
Hanna receiving her guests, while wearing only a corset.
Ms. Andrews sports a fairly tight red waist-cinch outside of her dress.
1994---- MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN (HELENA BONHAM CARTER)--19c strapped style 12 Still-clips
A kind of beautiful corset-gown.
1920---- Gowns THE MARK OF ZORRO (MARGUERITE DE LA MOTTE)
1998---- THE MASK OF ZORRO (CATHERINE ZETA-JONES) 6 still-clips plus
A very lame Hollywood "corset" (which does not look boned) for the small dueling scene. However, Ms. Zeta Jones looks good in it, as she has a very slight figure. The slit petticoat looks blatantly anachronistic, though...
Talented Miss Foster has never been more attractive that how she appears in this film: in a very tight-waisted blue evening gown (at the beginning).
1968---- Gowns MAYERLING (CATHERINE DENEUEVE, AVA GARDNER & GENEVIÈVE PAGE) Still clips
Ms. Page is exceptional!
1963---- McLINTOCK! (MAUREEN O'HARA) More material
A chase scene worth catching as Ms. O'Hara slowly ends up wearing only her green and white corset.
|1971---- McCABE AND MRS. MILLER (JULIE CHRISTIE)|
1956---- MEET ME IN LAS VEGAS (CYD CHARISSE )--Hollywood style
In one of the many dancing scenes, Miss Charisse rips the dress of her co-dancer, revealing the corset she the partner) is wearing.
1944---- Lacing MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (JUDY GARLAND)
A beautiful long scene where Judy Garland moans whilst being laced and holding onto the bed. Once laced tightly she gasps for breath. Still Clips plus video
2016---- Gowns MERCY STREET--TVS-- (SHALITA GRANT) Clips
CHRONICLES I: SHE CREATURE -TVM
Minimal nineteenth Century outside corset wear and a small amount of naked corset.
1925---- THE MERRY WIDOW (SALLY O'HARA)
THE MERRY WIDOW
1952---- THE MERRY WIDOW (LANA TURNER) Still, publicity shot & on-set shot --Fifties Victorian/Wasp waist
Miss Turner in a couple of impressive corsets. Two very long scenes. TIGHT!Quote from Curtis Bernhardt, the director: "Lana Turner in a white satin corset trimmed in lace and blue satin ribbons is enough to make anyone pine for the good old days."
(The article that contained this quote also noted that Turner's waist was laced to 21 inches for the part.)
1965----MERVEILLEUSE ANGÉLIQUE ("The Road to Versailles") French (MICHÈLE MERCIER) Still-clips
This was the second episode of five in the 'Angélique' film series.
1986---- MESMERIZED (JODIE FOSTER)--Hollywood Victorian Style Still-clip Video
Through the peephole, Miss Foster undresses to corset, ignorant of the "trespasser."
2004---- METHOD (ELIZABETH HURLEY)
Brief view of front busk (beneath a sweatshirt!) on Ms. Hurley. Also a few scenes where she is corseted under a gown.
1999---- A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (ANNA FRIEL) --Victorian style Still-clips
A thoroughly corseted romp in the woods.
1982---- A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SEX COMEDY (MARY STEENBURGEN)--Stage style (light boned)
Ms. Steenburgen wears her corset in the kitchen, probably to titillate her husband, and before going to bed. There is another example in the woods.
1960---- THE MILLIONAIRESS (SOPHIA LOREN) Still-clips plus
Ms. Loren removes her dress, and shows off a black leather corset, attempting to make an impression on her favorite doctor (Peter Sellers).
2014----A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST (CHARLIZE THERON & AMANDA SEYFRIED)
UNK---- MIQUETTE AND HER MOTHER (DANIELE DELOEME)
THE MIRROR CRACK'D (KIM NOVAK)
Fairly long scene with Ms. Novak wearing an American Revolutionary War style* corset.
MIRROR, MIRROR (JULIA ROBERTS)
In one scene, Ms. Roberts is shown being laced into a corset made of birch. Lacing scene video, optimized by Crinolyn
Stephen: "Notice that the machine is a copy of the one in the early Victorian cartoon, 'A Correct View of the New Machine for Winding Up the Ladies.'
The prop was sold at auction in 2012."
2012----LES MISÉRABLES (SAMANTHA
Samantha wears a corset in her role as Éponine.
2003----THE MISSING (CATE BLANCHETT) Still-clips
|1986----THE MISSION (CHERIE LUNGHI)|
2007----MISS POTTER (RENÉE ZELLWEGER)
"The costumes include tightly laced corsets, even for the 12-year-old actress
Lucy Boynton - one article reports that she
described the corset as 'agony,'
while another quotes her as saying: 'It was part of what they wore in those days. It was okay at first but then it started digging in.'" (Charles S.)
2005----MR. AND MRS. SMITH (ANGELINA JOLIE) 4 Still-clips
1990---- MR. DESTINY (RENE RUSSO)--Modern lingerie style
Only one shot of Rene in full, erotic, corsetted attire* (to seduce Jim Bulushi, her husband), but it's worth it!
2006----Gowns MOLIÈRE --French (LAURA MORANTE)
1996---- MOLL FLANDERS (ROBIN WRIGHT PENN)
Features a lacing-up scene with Ms. Wright saying to her maid unattractively, "Strap me up," and the process is over in seconds, without making a visible difference to her waist,
while her stays are very obviously not laced properly close afterwards. When we see her from behind, they are close at the top and get more and more open towards the bottom. (Reviewed by Stephen K.)
(See The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders, a sequel)
2007----LA MÔME a/k/a "La Vie en rose" --French (MARION COTILLARD)
1918 brothel corsets
1951-----MONTE CARLO BABY (AUDREY HEPBURN) Still-clips
1971----MON ONCLE ANTOINE --French-Canadian
There's a rather exotic scene where Alexandrine, the haughty wife of the local notary, calls into the village store to inquire whether her special corset has been delivered. The lady
proprietor tells her it has arrived and suggests she goes upstairs for a fitting. Two boys working in the store sneak upstairs and watch through a crack in the door while she undresses
and tries it on. Sadly, there are only brief glimpses of the fitting but the atmosphere surrounding Alexandrine's visit and the look of pleasure on her face when she is told it has arrived
is compelling. The action starts about two minutes into the clip and runs for about 4 minutes overall. (Raymond S.)
1961---- Gowns MORGAN THE PIRATE (VALERIE LAGRANGE)
In 'Supplemental Materials' on the DVD disk 2, under
'fashions,' there is a very
quick scene and comment about corsets. Appears that the wedding gown
has a built-in corset.
1971-----MORTE A VENEZIA--Italian "Death in Venice" (CAROLE ANDRÉ) --Click here for stillclips
1947----MOTHER WORE TIGHTS (BETTY GRABLE)
Miss Grable's gowns are very definitely showing that there is a corset under them, even, at least in one instance, with the lacing panel.
2001---- MOULIN ROUGE (NICOLE KIDMAN) Victorian style
Ms. Kidman certainly knows how to compliment a corset!
UNK---- MRS. THORNTON (GREER GARSON)
Dressing scene with Ms. Garson corset on pedestal (Belle Époque style).
1971----MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (MARIA PERSCHY) 2 Still-clips
2008---MURDOCH MYSTERIES - TVS
Season 8, Episode 12 "The Devil Wears Whalebone" - Murdoch discovers that fashion is murder when a model is killed during a protest at a designer corset show.
There's a curious mix of historical accuracy and 21st century revisionism, not unexpected in a show like this. And some of the 'science' around corsetry and corsets, including a unique
one at the heart of this mystery, is stretched a bit too far. But take it for what it is: light entertainment, not to be taken too seriously, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. The final scene is an
unexpected surprise, quite suggestive, but tasteful and well done. Reader review
The entire episode can be streamed for free from CBC's website. It's also available to purchase for a small fee here. Plus there is a short 'making of' video available on both CBC and
YouTube. These links work from within Canada. International copyright rules being what they are, your mileage may vary from outside the country.
2001----THE MUSKETEER (MENA SUVARI)
Limited instances of corsets worn as outerwear (front-laced bodices).
1971---- THE MUSIC LOVERS (GLENDA JACKSON) Short cincher style
At least one scene plainly showing a corset-clad woman.
1951----MY FORBIDDEN PAST a/k/a "Carriage Entrance"
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."
1975----MY FAVORITE BUTLER a/k/a "Champagnealopp" 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
1961---Gowns LES MYSTÈRES DE PARIS French (DANY ROBIN) Stillclip
MY WILD IRISH ROSE (ANDREA
KING) Edwardian style
Biography of Lillian Russell Group picture
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