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"Public Enemies" (2009)
Male-dominated 20th-century period pieces are often a good test of a designer’s ingenuity and imagination. Ostensibly, the wardrobe for Michael Mann’s undervalued gangster saga amounts to a rack of suits, but it’s the crisp, character-defining variations in tailoring and texture – details of the latter, in particular, well-caught by the otherwise mixed blessing of Dante Spinotti’s HD lensing – that set Atwood’s work here apart. The charcoal-wool authority of Christian Bale’s suiting is no more cut from the same cloth as Johnny Depp’s paler, more rogueish formal duds than Marion Cotillard’s plushly economical frocks.