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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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THE NAME IN PARENTHESIS IS USUALLY THE WEARER'S

"TVM" = TELEVISION MOVIE or MINI-SERIES

"TVS" = TELEVISION SERIES


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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                

                Ms. Russell demonstrates how a corsetted woman can shoot. Because of her revolver belt the waist couldn't be seen in detail -- but it's worth seeing. In a
                second scene, Jane complains about her tight corset and begs Bob Hope to loosen it. Unfortunately this is done hidden and you can only hear the interesting
                conversation -- review by Willi H..

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.

1957----Gowns 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 tropical island. 
             Most unfortunate.

1992----PASSION PORTRAIT a/k/a "Jeolmeun nalui chosang" --South Korean (BO-SEOK JEONG) -- 50s Hollywood style    
             Still-clip* 

2000----
Gowns  THE PATRIOT  (JOELY RICHARDSON)Early American  2 still-clips

2014----PENNY DREADFUL--TVS ()
2015
 

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
               frolics with her husband, it appears she has a corset on under her dress.
 

2006----PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER French  (RACHEL HURD-WOOD)    STILL CLIPS
2003----Gowns PETER PAN (LYNN REDGRAVE)               Still-clip
                 
                 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)

Leather corset.

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 () -- 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.

1982---- THE PIRATE MOVIE (KRISTY McNICHOL)

2007----PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END  (KEIRA KNIGHTLEY)

                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 -- (                    Still-clips & video
1967

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"  () --Low Victorian style    Still-clips 

2005---- LOS PLATEADOS--TVS  Mexican (TAMARA MONSERRAT)

                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 ()     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!)

1998---- 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.

1996---- Gowns  THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY (NICOLE KIDMAN)    Still-clip*

                   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 into
                   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."
           

2002---- Unlacing POSSESSION  ()     Still-clip   Buy DVD

                  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 (    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   (   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)  
1952----Gowns THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (DEBORAH KERR & JANE GREER)

                  Tightly corseted gowns only. 

 

1947---- Lacing/Gowns THE PRIVATE AFFAIRS OF BEL AMI ()   Clips, mostly from Life           

1970----Gowns THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES ()

1939---- Gowns THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX  (BETTE DAVIS & 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 in
                   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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