Monday, August 30, 2010

Movie Monday: The Devil Wears Prada!

The Devil Wears Prada, 2006. Starring GeMeryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci(Director: David Frankel)

In New York, the simple and naive just-graduated in journalism Andrea Sachs is hired to work as the second assistant of the powerful and sophisticated Miranda Priestly, the ruthless and merciless executive of the Runway fashion magazine. Andrea dreams to become a journalist and faces the opportunity as a temporary professional challenge. The first assistant Emily advises Andrea about the behavior and preferences of their cruel boss, and the stylist Nigel helps Andrea to dress more adequately for the environment. Andrea changes her attitude and behavior, affecting her private life and the relationship with her boyfriend Nate, her family and friends. In the end, Andrea learns that life is made of choices.
(Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Trivia & Scenes

  • The book that Miranda asks Andy to retrieve for her twin daughters is Harry Potter Book 7. One of the prop books used in the movie sold in an on line auction for $586.00 and proceeds went to Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that assists more than 45,000 disadvantaged women each year as they transition into the workforce.

  • The newspaper that hires Andy is the New York Mirror. The Mirror was a real newspaper that ended in 1898, and often published first editions of Edgar Allan Poe

  • Helen Mirren and Kim Basinger were considered for the role of Miranda Priestly.

  • Only Valentino Garavani, who had designed the black gown Meryl Streep wears in the museum benefit scene, chose to make an appearance.

  • The idea of having Miranda appear without any make-up in the scene where she opens up to Andrea and worries about the effect of her divorce's public disclosure on her daughters was Meryl Streep's idea.

  • The Elias-Clarke Publishing building was actually the McGraw-Hill Publishing offices at 49th and 6th in midtown Manhattan.

  • Over 100 sets of twins auditioned the role of Caroline and Cassidy (Miranda's daughters).

  • The character of Emily, played by Emily Blunt was not supposed to be British in the script.

  • The character of Miranda Priestley is supposedly based on Anna Wintour (her nickname in the industry is 'Nuclear Wintour').

  • Anna Wintour, the powerful Vogue editor on whom Streep's character was widely believed to be based in the novel (Weisberger, the author of the book, once worked as her assistant), reportedly warned major fashion designers who had been invited to make cameo appearances as themselves in the film that they would be banished from the magazine's pages if they did so. Wintour's spokespeople deny this claim; however, it is notable that Vogue and other major women's and fashion magazines have avoided reviewing or even mentioning the book in their pages.

  • Many fashion designers allowed their clothes and accessories to be used in the film, making it the most expensively-costumed film in history.

  • Meryl Streep donated her wardrobe to a charity auction.

  • Author of the original novel, Lauren Weisberger, reportedly based the the character Emily upon Plum Sykes, writer and former assistant to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Sykes worked at Vogue at the same time as Weisberger

  • The author of the book on which the film is based has an uncredited cameo role as the twins' nanny.

  •  On the first day of filming, Meryl Streep told Anne Hathaway "I think you're perfect for the role. I'm so happy we're going to be working together." Then she paused and followed it up with "That's the last nice thing I'll say to you." And it was.