Women He's Undressed (2016)


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During the Hollywood boom years the legendary Orry-Kelly was costume designer on an astonishing 282 motion pictures, designing for Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Rosalind Russell, and many more stars. Orry was as big a legend behind the scenes as the on-screen legends he adoringly dressed. Three times an Oscar winner, Orry was talented, daring, brash, bold and the toast of Hollywood, yet the thorn in the side of many a studio head. WOMEN HE'S UNDRESSED celebrates his story. Includes interviews with: Actors Jane Fonda and Angela Lansbury, critic Leonard Maltin, costume designers Ann Roth , Catherine Martin, Colleen Atwood, Michael Wilkinson, Kim Barrett, plus family members and more.

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5)

After learning about Orry-Kelly's dedication and creativity, one can't help but eagerly dig back into his 301 films, his name a sign of style and elegance after that now-antiquated "Gowns By" credit.

Aug 16, 2016 | Full Review…

The clips Armstrong and her team have rounded up make us appreciate how, in a whole range of situations, costumes express character.

Jul 28, 2016 | Full Review…

The golden age of Hollywood offers a feast of juicy material and Armstrong digs in with gusto.

Jul 28, 2016 | Full Review…
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The film overstays its welcome by punctuating his story with ill-advised dramatic fantasy sequences that are meant to illustrate the anguish of a gay man in mid-century America, but come across as heavy-handed and mean-spirited.

Jul 25, 2016 | Full Review…
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A rollicking if somewhat ham-handed documentary about the life of costume designer Orry-Kelly.

Jul 28, 2015 | Full Review…

[It] sustains and rewards your interest.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

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