Basenotes is pleased to announce the next Scratch+Sniff event. This time, the theme is movies:
“How could I have known that murder can sometimes smell like honeysuckle?”
- Double Indemnity, dir. Billy Wilder, 1944.
The event is organised by 'Odette Toilette' who says:
From the golden age of the silent film to the contemporary blockbuster, we’re going to bring alive the sights and sounds of Hollywood by immersing ourselves in the fragrance of the movies. What does a Western smell like? Or a Sci Fi film? What perfume would a Femme Fatale wear? And can we recreate the smoky, booze-ridden smell of a 1940s MGM studio? Get ready to sit back and enjoy some iconic movie scenes, before transporting yourself into the setting using little more than fragrances and your mind. Featuring James Craven, perfume archivist of independent perfumery Les Senteurs, who will be your host in this technicolour tour. Ruby Slippers provided to help you home to Kansas afterwards.
We're going to be thinking about film genres, and whether these can be encapsulated by perfume
We'll be talking about the culture of the Movie Studio 'dictatorships' which flourished in the 30's - 50s and the experiences of its starlets and leading actors. How they became brands and how scent was a part of that.
Plus how to enhance your experience of a film by thinking 'smell'. We're going to do this in a different way to the Scratch'n'Sniff cinema events that Peter Greenaway pioneered.
Going to be a highly interactive session with lots of opportunities to smell loads of great perfumes.
To get you in the mood, here are some photos from last month's 1920's fragrance event by Dana Gornitzki.