Ben Affleck’s new movie, an espionage-thriller that begins in 1979, is steeped in retro artifice from its opening, says Hugh Lilly.
Ben Affleck’s new movie, an espionage-thriller that begins in 1979, is steeped in retro artifice from its opening, in which Saul Bass’s red-and-white 1972 Warner Brothers logo, accompanied by fake grain on consummately scratched “celluloid”, appears in place of the familiar gold-and- blue “WB” shield. From there it’s a short jump to eye-popping decor; big hairdos; even bigger glasses frames, and some very wide shirt and jacket collars. Argo, Affleck’s third film as director, dramatises part of the Iran hostage crisis, in which 52 US diplomats, following a takeover and ...
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