Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Simply Mad for Mad Men

Is it August 16th yet? In (eager) anticipation of the third season of Mad Men, Vanity Fair has a wonderful editorial in the September issue written by Bruce Handy with images of January Jones and Jon Hamm as Betty and Don Draper shot by the genius: Annie Leibovitz. These images are so evocative. I feel like I am eavesdropping on an incredibly uncomfortable scene - something terribly private - yet I simply cannot tear my eyes away from it.

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I think it is by far one of the best shows on television right now. The details are incredible - since I'm a photographer and completely obsessed with such things, I like to pause the television and study Betty and Don's bedroom (their bed is so beautiful!!) or the things sitting on Don's desk at work - no computers..just an ashtray and a small pile of papers or the scarf that Joan paired with her dress. I'm surprised they chose to do the photos of the Drapers only because all of the characters on that show are so profound and complex. I would love to have seen Ms. Leibovitz's interpretation of Pete and Peggy or Joan. Or, Roger that silver fox (yum). It's difficult to choose a favorite character but mine is Joan - read this article about Christina Hendricks in New York magazine. I love her strength and wit and charm. Do you watch it? Who is your favorite character?

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See a behind the scenes vid about the shoot here.

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You really should head over to Vanity Fair to read the entire article but in the meantime, here is an excerpt:

"Set in an advertising agency in the early 1960s, Mad Men debuted two summers ago and right off the bat earned itself two Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, and was nominated for 16 Emmys, becoming the first basic-cable series to win for outstanding drama. Its second season, no sophomore slump, has been nominated for another 16 Emmys, including best drama and four out of five possible writing nominations. A more interesting measure of the show’s impact is the fact that its title has become a kind of shorthand: you can now talk about a Mad Men skirt or lampshade or pickup line where once you might have used “space age” or “Kennedy era” or “Neanderthal.” But while the show, like its subject, has many surface pleasures—period design, period bad behavior (if you like high modernism, narrow lapels, bullet bras, smoking, heavy drinking at lunch, good hotel sex, and bad office sex, this is the series for you)—at its core Mad Men is a moving and sometimes profound meditation on the deceptive allure of surface, and on the deeper mysteries of identity. The dialogue is almost invariably witty, but the silences, of which there are many, speak loudest: Mad Men is a series in which an episode’s most memorable scene can be a single shot of a woman at the end of her day, rubbing the sore shoulder where a bra strap has been digging in. There’s really nothing else like it on television."

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Today's Soundtrack:


Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis
This was one of the top 100 songs of 1962 - the year that the last season of Mad Men took place. I love it still - it's timeless. Elvis died the year I was born.

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All photos via The Beauty File via Vanity Fair.

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14 comments:

Keith said...

I love that show so much. It's one of my main obsessions out there. These are great photos. I do love to study everything about the show. I'm so under its spell. Thanks for sharing these up here.

Melissa Blake said...

I've been soooo hooked on this how since it first started!! I'm going to run out and buy that issue of Vanity Fair! Thanks!

...love Maegan said...

Oh I want to watch it so badly!! We didn't start from the beginning but we have the DVDs ...but for some reason we just haven't started yet. I blame the husband. I looks SO GOOD!

valerie said...

i really need to get into this show...i keep hearing that it's just ridiculously amazing

Adrían Elías said...

Maravillosas!!!
Un trabajo espectacular Moni.
Besos.
Adrián

TheBeautyFile said...

Thanks for the shout out Chess chess! I obviously am obsessed with the show. I would have LOVED to see a shoot with Joan and the silver fox!!

drollgirl said...

i love the look of the show -- the sets, the costumes -- it just looks fab!! but i could not get into the plot and gave up on it.

these shots by al are just amazing. so perfectly delicious. love them!!!

Kristin said...

I haven't watched it previously but I'm going to tune in for the wardrobe!

Midtown Girl said...

Mad Men makes me wish I had bigger boobs ;-)

Saw this in my inbox and thought of you! NYC Daily Candy:

http://www.dailycandy.com/new_york/article/71682/Art+That+Wont+Break+the+Banksy

zupu said...

I haven't watched the show yet but I have always thought it would be something I'd like and now I definitely want to catch it up, your post inspired me! Such great pics and info.
Grazie bella!

Sandra said...

greta photos!! Love Annie, she can catch up the moment...just WOW!

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captivate me. said...

oh Annie, how I wish I could borrow your eyes for just one day :-)

Cheryl said...

Mad Men is STUNNING; every scene, like these VF photographs, is a masterful painting, the work of hours upon hours of painstaking study and perfectionism. It's nothing short of magic that they're able to accomplish that level of brilliance in practically every episode. (sigh) The vibrancy! The electricity!
...All while Don and Betts pout and worry and wonder. I can't help but think this has some lessons for us to learn.

{lovely little things} said...

I'm catching up on my seasons right now, totally addicting!

my friends & I are thinking of being the "mad men" girls for halloween!!