April 7, 2013

MCM Inspiration from Modern Movies.

Looking for a dose of mid century style inspiration? Well, you don't necessarily need to go all the way back to the fifties or sixties to find it. Many modern movies are paying tribute to MCM style, and by the looks of it these movies seem to have one thing in common: they are usually cast Leonardo DiCaprio or Julianne Moore as the starring actor/actress (they must really enjoy playing retro characters!) Here are a few movies that we recommend you check out if you are looking to relax and give your eyes a little mid century style treat!

Revolutionary Road set in 1955.
We love the calm fifties neighbourhood that this movie is set in. The yards are big and full of trees with gorgeous 1950's cars cruising the streets. It all has such a tranquil and relaxing vibe. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio always make such an attractive couple (Hello Titanic!) but when they are all decked out in their 1950's best they look that much better! Although the movie does have a sad ending, we can at least appreciate all of the attention to detail that was put into setting up such an elaborate retro set. 

Shutter Island set in 1955.
Overall this is a pretty dark movie, but we still managed to find some inspiring interiors! Our favorite part is when Leonardo DiCaprio's character flashes back to his old home filled with turquoise doors and plaid wallpapered walls. You know us, anything with a pop of turquoise will catch our attention! Also Michelle Williams' Hawaiian floral sundress is pretty amazing and makes us long for warm humid summer nights.

A Single Man set in 1962.
There are so many beautiful interior and exterior shots in this movie we don't even know where to start! Colin Firth's character lives in the most gorgeous ultra-modern sixties glass house full of sleek furniture, clean lines and lots of teak. While Julianne Moore's character lives in a lavish romantic sixties home, complete with a circular couch. How amazing is that? Our favorite scene is when they are having dinner together and she throws on a record and they both dance around the living room doing the twist. We love how their black and white wardrobe pops against the pale pink furniture and walls. Great costume designing!

The Hours partially set in 1951.  
For those of you who haven't seen this movie, there are three story lines that take place in different eras: the 1920's, 1950's and the 2000's. Obviously we are drawn to the 1950's especially because of the big beautiful kitchen inside of the L.A. suburban home that Julianne Moore's character is living in. It is filled with gorgeous old appliances, Pyrex and other fun retro kitchen gadgets which is totally our weakness! There are also plenty of pretty costumes and gorgeous old homes from the storyline that takes place in the 1920's as well.

Hope these suggestions help you enjoy your retro movie night! 


  1. Seems very interesting!!! I might check them out soon, great post!

  2. I've never seen A Single Man but the other three are such great movies. Everything about Revolutionary Road is so retro and wonderful.


  3. I love this post - for the settings, bygone eras and movies!

  4. I love this post! A Single Man is one of my favorite movies, now it looks like I need to see The Hours and Revolutionary Road. :)

  5. loved all these movies! partly probably only because of the style and cinematography, it really makes you travel in time :)

  6. Far From Heaven (Julianne Moore) and Catch Me If You Can (Leonardo Decaprio) are also period movies of theirs. There aren't many shots of the house interiors but the costuming for both movies are beautiful!

  7. I love all off these movies! I know it is not a movie but I am obsessed with mad men! the setting is amazing!