Bride Flight women defined by their dress
When winter has taken its toll, I find myself mining for french or italian films. The titles stream in from netflix or the library. I sit and watch midday, while children toil away at school. This is how I discovered Cinema Paradiso. The eloquent visual collage at the end of that film pierces my heart every time!
I don’t know a lot about Dutch films but I discovered a good one recently. BRIDE FLIGHT by Music Box Films is a story of three women and their friend Frank. This unlikely match-up percolates during a post WWII flight from Holland to New Zealand. They become fast friends and their paths cross numerous times throughout the film. The story line is based on real life events surrounding The Last Great Air Race from London to Christchurch in 1953. KLM Airlines was the winner and aboard their plane were 40 Dutch immigrants who were in search of a better life, many of them meeting up with their fiancés, who had already settled into the local landscape. The press named the flight “BRIDE FLIGHT”.
What struck me were the clothing styles for each of the women characters. Ada is from farm stock. She is simple but pure in her demeanor through and through. Esther is the polar opposite. She gets off the bus in Christchurch and her presence is shocking in comparison to the grey streets that reflect the sullen cloud cover. Marjorie dresses “smart” and is always ready for adventure. Her style is like a chic camper girl. And Frank, well he is Frank, from the opening scene to the final credits. He is always confident and sure of himself which makes for a very successful character.
The story is a lovely weave of friendship and trust. The costume designer did a fabulous job portraying these characters. After all, it is the most expensive Dutch film ever made.