Urban explorer and Host Gene Kansas again delves into the world of cinema with our special segment, POPCORN THERAPY, that brings together exceptional people with expert psychologists to explore the characters of a film and their stories. It’s a movie review, but since they’re not film critics, Gene and his guests will be discussing the movie through their own life experiences. Today’s film, “Versailles ’73”.
In 1973, the Palace of Versailles was in desperate need of repair, a makeover so to speak, so a lavish fashion show was dreamt up to attract the most influential and affluent attendees, with the most sought after and famous designers and models in the world. The evening’s program featured French designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy, competing against newcomer American talents like Steven Burrows, Halston and Bill Blass along with Anne Klein and Oscar de la Renta who were relatively unknown on the international scene.
The show took place on the same stage where Louis XVI married Marie Antoinette, and the anticipation for French dominance was high. But, the show stoppers where not royalty, in fact they were unknown African American models, pulling off a stunning coup de etat of elegance in their simplicity that had all in attendance, including Princess Grace, throwing their programs in the air with wild applause.
For this session of Popcorn Therapy, we have two very special guests in the studio, and, as always, two that have particular relevance to this film. Daniel Troppy is a fashion expert and owner of Doubletake, Atlanta’s first choice for luxury vintage, and, Dr. Rhea Gordon, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice with 30 years experience including positions at Harvard Medical and as former Director of Counseling at Spelman College.
It seemed only fitting to have Mr. Troppy, whose passion for style is impeccable, join us to paint a picture with words about the film through a stylists’ eye for fashion. And, Ms. Gordon, an expert in diversity, self-awareness and identity, is also a logical guest to help us understand ego and inner beauty. So what happened that night at the Palace? Listen and see.
“Versailles ’73” is open now in select cities, and premieres locally in Atlanta at Sidewalk Radio favorite, Midtown Arts Cinema, on October 29th, 30th & 31st. Run Time: 91 minutes. Rated: NR. Enjoy the show!
IN ATLANTA ON TUESDAY NIGHT THE 30th? JOIN US FOR THE 5:40 SHOWING & STAY FOR A LIVE Q&A WITH DIRECTOR, DEBORAH RILEY DRAPER.
This session of POPCORN THERAPY brought to you by Dr. Chip Cole.