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.
THE NAME IN PARENTHESIS IS USUALLY THE WEARER'S
"TVM" = TELEVISION MOVIE or MINI-SERIES
"TVS" = TELEVISION SERIES
2001---- LE PACTE DES LOUPS --French (EMILIE DEQUENNE) 3 still-clips
1998---- Gowns PAINTED ANGELS a/k/a THE WICKED, WICKED WEST (KELLY McGILLIS)
1969----PAINT YOUR WAGON (JEAN SEBERG)
Corset shown in
short undressing scene.
1948---- THE PALEFACE (JANE RUSSELL) -- Hollywood style 2 still-clips
1957---- Gowns PAL JOEY (KIM NOVAK) Still-clips
Ms. Novak in a beautiful golden gown, performing a seductive strip-tease, and in her dressing room, wearing only her corset.
2011-----PAN AM --TVS (CHRISTINA RICCI)
Blog entry with information & pictures of girdles & corsets ...and a close-up with an argument about the fact that it's a full corset.
PARADISE LAGOON (a/k/a "The Admirable Crichton")
Standard Victorian waists - however, an opportunity for visible corsets was not
taken in this film when the aristocratic family and its staff is marooned for
two years on a a
1992----PASSION PORTRAIT a/k/a "Jeolmeun nalui chosang"
--South Korean (BO-SEOK JEONG)
-- 50s Hollywood style
2000---- Gowns THE PATRIOT (JOELY RICHARDSON)Early American 2 still-clips
|2014----PENNY DREADFUL--TVS (EVA
1993----THE PERFECT HUSBAND (ANA BELÉN)
In one scene Miss Belén is wearing a sumptuous red
1890's evening gown, and in
another her character dives fully clothed into a spa's swimming pool and, as she
|2006----PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER French (RACHEL HURD-WOOD) STILL CLIPS|
|2003----Gowns PETER PAN
No 'naked' corsets.
1938---- LE PETIT CHOSE French "The Little Thing" (ARLETTY)
1971---- PETROLEUM GIRLS a/k/a LES PETROLEUSES--French (CLAUDIA CARDINALE) -- Backstage still clip*
1974---- PHANTOM OF LIBERTY French (MONICA VITTI)
1990----THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA --TVM (TERI POLO) 12 still-clips
2004----Gowns/Lacing THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (EMMY ROSSUM & MINNIE DRIVER) Still-clips
This excellent film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber's musical is chock full of
corsets, with attendant heaving bosoms and
even two (very) short lace-pulling scenes.
Ms. Rossum's final (black) corset seems smaller even than the rest, which is saying something! The corseted gowns are sumptuous as well!
1993---- THE PIANO (HOLLY HUNTER) 5 still-clips
Holly plays the piano in her corset, watched by a lecherous man intent on ...
1975---- Lacing PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (RACHEL ROBERTS) -- 50s Hollywood style Still-clips and vidclip
Two scenes: opening scene where the girls tighten each others laces with creaking vigor, and one scene in the bedroom.
PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK--TVS--(VARIED ACTORS)
1982---- THE PIRATE MOVIE (KRISTY McNICHOL)
|2007----PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT
WORLD'S END (KEIRA
Corset-belt worn by Ms. Knightley
2003----Gowns/Lacing PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE
CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
(KEIRA KNIGHTLEY) --Tudor style 6 still-clips and text
1966---- Lacing PISTOLS 'N PETTICOATS -- TVS -- (JULIE PARRISH) Still-clips & video
1961---- Gowns THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (BARBARA STEELE)
1959---- PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE--(VAMPIRA) --Cinch style 6 still-clip & 2 viclips
Vampira appears wearing a corset as outerwear. Although the clothing is rather passé', the effect is stunning, as she arguably presents one of the best silhouettes in a corset! Forget the plot--as a film, this production ranks right down there with Ishtar!
1952---- Gowns LE PLAISIR --French--"House of Pleasure" (DANIELLE DARRIEUX) --Low Victorian style Still-clips
2005---- LOS PLATEADOS--TVS Mexican
Practically every actress is firmly corseted, by the look of their close-fitting attire. One actress is shown riding a horse with her corset well exposed.
1986----Very Short lacing scene PLAYING BEATIE BOW Australian (MOGEN ANNESLEY) Still-clips
1999---- Gowns PLUNKETT AND MACLEANE a/k/a "Guns 1748" (LIV TYLER) Still-clips
Note also that there appear several instances of "naked" corsets, as well as one male model (or at least a male wearing a woman's corset!)
Lacing POCAHONTAS II:
Journey to a New World (ANIMATED)
Front profile shot of a dressmaker planting foot in customer's back and yanking for all she's worth, as customer lunges forward.
1989---- Gowns POKER ALICE--TVM (ELIZABETH TAYLOR)
1960---- POLLYANNA (HAYLEY MILLS)
2003---- POLLYANNA-- TVM (AMANDA BURTON)
Ms. Burton: “It’s my first
time in period costume on TV and I’ve loved it. The costumes are
exquisite. Because I’m in a
corset my daughters think it is more
like proper acting. But I can understand why women who wore them fainted all the time. There really is no room to breathe. “You need a degree of courage
to take those costumes seriously. There was a lot of pulling of corsets in the morning. I have a horse and I know that when he doesn’t want to have a tight
girth he blows himself out. I was doing pretty much the same thing.”
While Burton didn’t much enjoy getting into Aunt Polly’s corsets, she did find the outfits she wore helped her infuse the character of Aunt Polly with the
grace and dignity of women of the early 20th century. “That kind of costume certainly informs the way you move, as well as your status,” says Burton. “So
much was told by the way people dressed in those times.” Burton says she’d love to do more period drama in the future, despite her dressing traumas.
Gowns THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY (NICOLE KIDMAN)
1. Ms. Kidman was laced to 19" for this film. About Kidman's infamous rib break - she says it wasn't the corset that broke it in the first place... "Because
we were doing the dance sequence where I have to jump in his arms and neither of us, particularly Ewan, is a trained dancer. [laughter] And, it was just the
way he caught me. It wasn't a full break, it was a small crack as they described it. But then they put me in a corset a little too soon and rebroke it. And
that was the beginning of the film." (from an interview)
2. For her latest film, "Portrait of a Lady,"
Nicole Kidman got into her 19th-century role as Isabel Archer, literally. The
svelte Australian squeezed
corsets that reduced her waistline to 19 inches, and suffered the bruises and pains that plagued laced-up women 100 years ago. Kidman told The New York
Times she might have avoided the pain but chose not to. "...it was a psychological thing, a thing where I wanted to be restricted really, really tight so that the
more repressed I was, the more I felt it. This was a woman in an emotionally abusive relationship. You have to go there. You can't pretend."
A very erotic, albeit short unlacing scene, showing in Ms. Ehle's face, the release from her corset and her surrender to her lover,
clearly magnifying the romance and sexual experience. There is also a short scene in her corset.
2009-----POWDER BLUE (JESSICA BIEL) Collage
|2006----- THE PRESTIGE (SCARLETT JOHANSSON) & REBECCA HALL) --Classic Victorian style Publicity poster|
1940---- PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (GREER GARSON) --Classic Victorian style Still-clips
Bedroom scene with Ms. Garson dressing down to corset. One medium scene.
1985---- PRIDE AND PREJUDICE--TVM(BBC) (ELIZABETH GARVIE) --Classic Victorian style
Underneath that rather boring Empire waist gown lies a rather loose corset, used mainly to support the bosom. A dressing scene between two of the women show this to best advantage.
2016---- PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES (LILY JAMES) StillClip
1957---- THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL (MARILYN MONROE)
Marilyn on a movie set. wearing an hourglass corset.
1944---- PRINCESS AND THE PIRATE (VIRGINIA MAYO)
2009--- Gowns PRINCESS KAIULANI (Q'ORIANKA KILCHER) Still-clips and more
1938---- Gowns PRINZESSIN SISSY--a/k/a PRINZESSIN WILDFANG-Austrian (GERDA MAURUS)
2005---- Lacing/Gowns EINE PRINZESSIN ZUM VERLIEBEN ("A Princess for Falling in Love") TVM- German (MURIEL BAUMEISTER) Quick lacing scene (repeated three times)
|1991---- PRISONER OF HONOR--TVM (CATHERINE NEILSON)|
1947---- Lacing/Gowns THE PRIVATE AFFAIRS OF BEL AMI (ANGELA LANSBURY) Clips, mostly from Life
1970----Gowns THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (GENEVIÈVE PAGE)
THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH
OLIVIA de HAVILLAND)
Very dramatic tightlacing.
1999---- P.T. BARNUM TVM (CYNTHIA DALE) --Classic Victorian style Still-clip
Barnum's daughter is being laced by her maid while she complains that the first
signs of her pregnancy are
showing. Of course, the corset is loose.
Hélèna Katz, a Montreal writer, appeared briefly in this film: “As I
was laced into my corset by the wardrobe lady, I could feel my ribs closing
menacingly on my lungs. Deep breaths would have to wait until the shoot was over. No wonder nineteenth-century women were prone to fainting -- they
couldn’t get enough air into their lungs and oxygen to their brains... And have you ever tried stuffing yourself into a bathroom cubicle wearing a hoop-skirted
dress wider than the stall? Trying to manoeuvre myself into position was a time-consuming challenge. I decided to restrict my bathroom breaks
to avoid yet more humiliation.”
1971---- PUZZLE OF A DOWNFALL CHILD (FAYE DUNAWAY)
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