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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