December 15, 2012

Beloved Books becoming Films // Atonement


The Book
Atonement is a 2001 novel by British author Ian McEwan. In the summer of 1935, 13-year-old Briony Tallis observes a flirtation between a servant’s son, Robbie, and her older sister, Cecilia, that she childishly misconstrues. Briony’s misunderstanding leads to a terrible crime whose consequences follow them through World War II. A heart-breaking story where lives and relationships are dramatically changed after a false accusation by a young and foolish girl, who with age realizes her mistake and lives desiring atonement that leads her into an exploration of the nature of writing.


It is widely regarded as one of McEwan's best works: It was shortlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize for fiction and TIME magazine named Atonement in its list All-TIME 100 Greatest Novels. In 2007, the book was adapted into a BAFTA and Academy Award nominated film directed by Joe Wright, starring James McAvoy, Keira Knightley and Saoirse Ronan.

Keira Knightley as Cecilia Tallis







Saoirse Ronan as Briony Tallis

This dress was voted as the best film costume of all time!
The Emerald Dress
Keira Kinghtley's green evening dress was designed by Jacqueline Durran from scratch! She chose emerald green for Cecilia's character because to her, the hue symbolizes 'temptation'. From the Press Association: "The emerald green dress worn by Keira Knightley in Atonement has been voted the best film costume of all time." The survey was done for Sky Movies and British InStyle. Following Knightley's dress were:

- white dress worn by Marilyn Monroe, in The Seven Year Itch;
- little black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn, in Breakfast at Tiffany’s;
- skin-tight pants worn by Olivia Newton-John, in Grease;
- blue gown worn by Kate Winslet, in Titanic;
- tie and waistcoat combination worn by Diane Keaton, in Annie Hall;
- satin corset worn by Nicole Kidman, in Moulin Rouge;
- stockings and bowler hat worn by Liza Minnelli, in Cabaret;
- gown worn by Cate Blanchett, in Elizabeth;
- dresses worn by Vivien Leigh, in Gone with the Wind.



James McAvoy as Robbie






You must read this book for its amazing, heart-breaking story and definitely watch the movie for its impeccable cinematography and costumes, both nominated for an Academy Award among others, and the music, for which actually got the Oscar!

Have a great rest of the weekend!!
xoxo
|barefoot duchess|

Images via:
http://www.mftm.gr/2008/01/atonement-2007.html
http://inspiredbydahlface.blogspot.gr/2012/10/atonement.html
http://pictureloved.wordpress.com/movies-i-like/
http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/atonement/images
http://cdn.halcyonrealms.com/film/atonement/
http://movieoftheday.tumblr.com/post/2738149258/atonement-2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atonement_(novel)
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