Though actors, writers, and directors often receive the lion’s share of the credit for the success of a film, there are plenty of people behind the scenes that do marvelous, unsung work. Take legendary Hollywood costume designer Orry-Kelly for instance, who put his signature on such films like “Casablanca,” “42nd Street,” “An American in Paris,” and more. The new documentary “Women He’s Undressed” explores the life and career of Orry-Kelly by mixing recreations of his life with testimonies from intimates and admirers in order to better understand one of the godfathers of glamour. Some of the interviewees include Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury, Leonard Maltin, and more. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring a discussion about Orry-Kelly’s work on Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot.”
The film is directed by Gillian Armstrong. She previously directed a string of acclaimed films: “Mrs. Soffel,” about the story of condemned brothers Jack and Ed Biddle (played by Matthew Modine and Mel Gibson), who escaped prison with the aid of the warden’s wife, Kate Soffel (Diane Keaton); “High Tide,” about Lili (Judy Davis), a back-up singer for an Elvis Presley impersonator, who works on the margins of show business; and “Little Women,” the fifth adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name, starring Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon.
“Women He’s Undressed” opens in Los Angeles at the Arena Cinema on July 29th and on all digital platforms on August 9th.