A few random images from The American starring George Clooney, really for no other reason than the costume design by Suttirat Anne Larlarb is so stylishly contemporary and, despite the title, clean and European. It’s going to be a good looking film.
The American (directed by Anton Corbijn) is an upcoming thriller about expert assassin Jack (Clooney) who holes up in Europe after his last disastrous job. He vows his next hit will be his last, but being as this is a feature length movie that was not very likely to happen. And it doesn’t.
George Clooney’s serious hitman Jack, here casual in hip length lightweight jacket and black zip sweater. Very much designer outdoor wear for those who want to look as good as the countryside they are walking in. Selected costumes for Clooney were provided by Italian fashion house Zegna.
This beautiful wool dress co-star Thekla Reuten is wearing as Mathilde is by Malò . The style, seasonal specific with rollneck, long sleeves and tie belt suits Reuton’s shapely figure perfectly. The colour too is subtly warming. Her leather boots are by Keytè.
Paolo Bonacelli as Father Benedetto is in a tightly buttoned Nehru or ‘Mao’ collar coat – worn in this context as his priestly uniform (n.b. The American is set primarily in Italy and Sweden).
Clooney in plain single breasted dark grey suit and open neck collar shirt. Timeless.
Irina Björklund as Ingrid in a luxuriously snug and fluffy in a co-ordinating winter coat and long grey fleck sweater.
Violante Placido as Clara, mysterious and moody in fitted leather jacket and purple suede handbag. Likely the story’s femme fatale.
The jacket is cut short revealing Placido’s similarly short dark blue dress (or matching jacket and dress) underneath. Suttirat Anne Larlarb has employed muted colours, probably to infuse The American with a more mature vibe. Again, contrary to the title, the film seems very European in visuals.
Dutch director Anton Corbijn (Depeche Mode music videos, Control) is at least as sharply dressed as his cast. A Belstaff Trailmaster jacket..?
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The American is due for release on 1st September in the U.S. For now HERE are the trailers to keep you going.
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