I saw this photo and while I don’t know who the pretty lady wearing the fishnets is, she reminds me of Lee Grant (not Lou Grant lol). I’d be surprised to find it it wasn’t her.
Thinking of Lee Grant got me to thinking about Shampoo…
A few weeks ago the movie was playing on television and my husband said, “Ooh, let’s watch Shampoo!” I replied that I didn’t know if I felt like watching a sad movie.
“It’s not a ‘sad movie’, it’s funny! See, Beatty is this hairdresser and all the men think he’s gay — meanwhile, he’s banging all their wives and stuff.”
“Have you seen it?” I asked.
No he hadn’t. Which is precisely why he didn’t know that Shampoo is truly a “sex comedy” — and like Stephan Jenkins said, “Sex is funny and love is serious.”
Simply put, while George (Warren Beatty) & Lester (Jack Warden) run around with women, they each miss out on real love. George isn’t faithful to his girlfriend, Jill (Goldie Hawn), and one of his casual sex partners is the wealthy Felicia (Lee Grant), who is married to Lester; Lester has a mistress, Jackie (Julie Christie), who is a former girlfriend of George’s.
The fact that they all (sometimes unknowingly) make a sexual daisy chain (George has even done the deed with Felicia & Lester’s daughter, played by Carrie Fisher) is the comedic set-up for situational comedy of errors, eventually culminating in George and Jackie being discovered having sex at a party by both Jill and Lester. The result are both funny and heart breaking.
Jill dumps George…
Lester looks like he’s without both wife & mistress…
And by the time George realizes he loves Jackie, she’s going off with the newly divorced Lester — but he’s not really the winner either, for it doesn’t look like either Lester or Jackie is in love and those old bad habits die hard, you know… It’s very likely that Jackie will be the new Felicia.
And while the future isn’t clear it’s not hard to see that as everyone ages, those not actually alone will still find themselves lonely.
That, my friends, isn’t as simple comedy about hedonistic sex in the 70’s.
As far as the fashion & beauty in this film goes, I sum it up in three words: Bobs, Bangs and Backless.
There are lots of miniskirts and even some risque body paint scenes, but once you see Shampoo, you simply cannot get the image of Juli Christie in this deep-V-backed sequin dress out of your mind.
PS If you can identify the woman wearing fishnets in the photo, please let me know!