Two unlikely stars inspired Mia Goth’s performance of Pearl

While “Pearl” is set in 1918, the saturated color photography, makeup, and theatrical performance are more reminiscent of a Douglas Sirk film from the 1950s. It’s also no coincidence that Pearl, in one scene. Notably, the gingham blue powder costume is very reminiscent of Dorothy Gale in “The Wizard of Oz.” In that scene, Pearl, feeling a surge of lust, vents her frustration over a nearby scarecrow — an erotic scene from a ’30s classic. In a recent interview with OpentapesTi West also revealed that “Pearl” is meant to take a lot of cues from the movie version of “Mary Poppins.”

For his part, Goth is influenced less by the works of Douglas Sirk, Victor Fleming or Robert Stevenson, and more by a rather surprising pair of precursors. In an interview with W, Goth said she reached out to Bette Davis in the 1962 Robert Aldrich film “Anything Happened to Baby Jane?” as well as Björk in the 2000 film “Dancer in the Dark” by Lars Von Trier.

One can see the influence of “Baby Jane” more clearly. “What happened to Baby Jane?” tells the story of a former child star (Davis), now in her 60s, still yearning for her glory days when she achieved stage fame as a 9-year-old puppeteer. She resented her sister Blanche (Joan Crawford), whom Jane had to take care of because she, years ago, was injured in a car accident and now needs constant supervision.

The “Baby Jane” comparison is certainly appropriate, especially when compared to “X,” another film about a woman who recalls the glory days of her youth. In addition, “X” contains a lot of resentment towards those who have not been destroyed by despair and old age. Two unlikely stars inspired Mia Goth’s performance of Pearl

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