Makeup has always played a key supporting role in the movies. Next year, Dior is giving it top billing with a documentary called Maquillage et la Cinema. The 12-minute documentary, coproduced by Dianne Vavra, Dior Beauty’s vice president of public relations, and Richard Brown, professor of motion picture studies at NYU, is a montage of the most memorable makeup moments on film, from the ritualistic applications depicted in Memoirs of a Geisha to Dustin Hoffman’s denouement in Tootsie, when he reveals himself as a man by throwing off his wig, peeling off his false eyelashes and wiping his face clean of foundation. The duo viewed and edited over 500 films for the finished product, which will be screened for editors in New York and Los Angeles early next year.
This story first appeared in the December 7, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.