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    In "Megamind" (seriously ), the main character is caught by his friendly sidekick getting ready for a date.

    "I just have to run a few errands."
    "You don't 'run errands'. What's going on here?"
    "What?"
    "Wait a minute!" sniffs "Are you wearing Jean Paul Gaultier's Pour Homme?!?"
    "Uh, no! It's just my natural musk!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveStPaul View Post
    In "Megamind" (seriously ), the main character is caught by his friendly sidekick getting ready for a date.

    "I just have to run a few errands."
    "You don't 'run errands'. What's going on here?"
    "What?"
    "Wait a minute!" sniffs "Are you wearing Jean Paul Gaultier's Pour Homme?!?"
    "Uh, no! It's just my natural musk!"
    Will Ferrell?? Ha Ha

    Nice one

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    I started a thread on the male frags board re the current bestseller "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt. Not a single response, it sank like a stone.

    Anyway, the fiancee of the main character in this book is cited several times as wearing Chanel 19, which seems to suit her very well.

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    I've just finished reading "The Perfume Collector" by Kathleen Tessaro. She used Madam Zed as a character in the novel (she was a real perfumer and did indeed create Lanvin's My Sin). There are several other fictional perfumes in the book. I enjoyed reading it.

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    Downton Abbey had a reference to perfume being spilled and the room smelling like that of a tart as a result, but I wasn't able to catch the name of the perfume mentioned.
    I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

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    Screenshot from American Psycho. Don't know what any of these are aside from YSL Pour Homme.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    Screenshot from American Psycho. Don't know what any of these are aside from YSL Pour Homme.

    The second bottle from the left with the pimples is a bottle that contained one of the Eaux de Caron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thinkingmagpie View Post
    I've just finished reading "The Perfume Collector" by Kathleen Tessaro. She used Madam Zed as a character in the novel (she was a real perfumer and did indeed create Lanvin's My Sin). There are several other fictional perfumes in the book. I enjoyed reading it.
    I enjoyed reading this one as well.
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    Mr Selfridge, a few Guerlain montre bottles on Mrs Selfridges dressing table. For spilt second in the opening sequence a shot of Guerlain bottles on the fragrance counter.
    We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting. ~Kahlil Gibran
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    In the third episode of season 1 of Breaking Bad, Hank references Drakkar Noir while searching inside Krazy8 & Emilio's Car.

    "It's a car that jumps up and down. What the hell, you people used to be conquistadors for Christ sake. Smells like a Drakkar Noir factory in here."

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    Old Spice tends to be quite often mentioned, among other films:

    in "Home Alone" (the first installment of the series, when Kevin-played by Macauley Culkin erroneously dabs himself with his
    dad's Old Spice before he makes his iconic grimace in front of the mirror)

    in "Arizona Dream" directed by Emir Kusturica, up to the point that Old Spice is even mentioned in a song composed by Goran Bregovic and interpreted (actually, far more recited, since it's more a monologue than a tune) by Johnny Depp

    in "Mon oncle d'Amerique" by Alain Resnais, the character interpreted by Gerard Depardieu is, paradoxically, both a an autodidactic social climber and an old fashioned, very traditionalistic man who shaves with a straight razor and uses the Old Spice aftershave splash

    finally, a more humorous reference in the more contemporary sitcom "Mike and Molly"- when Molly Flynn and her sister Victoria remember their late father, they remark that he owned such immense quantities of Old Spice (which apparently he didn't enjoy so much) that he even "used it to light up the barbecue"

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    At the very end of Casino Royale, where he is in the boat, there is a bottle of Acqua di Parma in his toiletry bag though I don't know which. In Spring Breakers, James Franco sprays himself with 2 bottles at once during the " look at my sh*t." Sequence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post
    Sous le Vent gets a mention towards the beginning of Pynchon's novel Gravity's Rainbow.
    Makes me happy to see this one get a reference on Basenotes!

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    Makes me happy to see this one get a reference on Basenotes!
    The book or the fragrance ? Hehe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post
    The book or the fragrance ? Hehe.
    Both, but more the book

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    i remember that JAR Bolt of Lightning were mention in one of the episode of Hannibal TV Series.

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    I was watching NCIS recently and there was this exchange:

    Late one cold afternoon, Ellie Bishop is taking batting practice when a man approaches from the parking lot. It's her supervisor from the NSA, Jeremy Marlens. Bishop doesn't even need to turn around.
    "If you're trying to be stealth," she says while still swinging at balls, "A less pungent cologne would have been a smarter choice."
    "Nobody wears cologne anymore, Bishop, it's 'body spray'. Mountain Musk, I think."
    "Well, it's pretty bold."
    "I'll accept bold. I'm also irritated. Why haven't you returned my messages?"
    Also remember hearing a few fragrance references in The Mentalist...

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    Am reading 'What it Was' by George Pelecanos and one of the characters mentions regularly getting a bottle of 'Hai Karate' at Christmas.

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    Kouros in Polanski's Carnage.


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    In "Adoptes" (2010), an obscure made for television French film I just watched, one character talked fondly about her late father, who used "a very good scent", none other than... Habit Rouge.

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    In 'Are you being served?' (classic British sitcom) Mrs. Slocombe is boasting about her home-made perfume. She says she accidentally dropped some on her pussy and the local tomcats were trying to get through her catflap all night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marais View Post
    ........ dropped some on her pussy and the local tomcats were trying to get through her catflap all night.
    Ha! Nice one

    Sophisticated humour -- you can't beat it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    Ha! Nice one

    Sophisticated humour -- you can't beat it
    It appears to have been a 1980's unisex panty-dropper, called 'Adam & Eve'. It made you irresistible to the opposite sex - with hilarious consequences
    He boiled for our sins.
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    Just watched Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) on German TV. There is a scenario in the bathroom where Spencer Tracy is wet shaving, while he and Katharine Hepburn are having a discussion. He reaches three times for his shaving paraphernalia in a shelf. Every time there are displayed two bottles of Miss Dior in houndstooth design, and one with a bow around its neck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jarroditshallbe View Post
    At the very end of Casino Royale, where he is in the boat, there is a bottle of Acqua di Parma in his toiletry bag though I don't know which. In Spring Breakers, James Franco sprays himself with 2 bottles at once during the " look at my sh*t." Sequence.
    Re: the James Franco scene described above. That was a great few minutes of spoken word/rap - totally on point and mesmerizing. Loved the movie, an underrated gem from last year.

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    The iconic houndstooth bottle of Miss Dior also appears, among many other films, in "Martha" (1974), an arthouse film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

    A further reference to another classic fragrance I recently noticed: in the made for television film "State crime" (2013) it is suggested that non-fictional French politician Robert Boulin (1920-1979) allegedly used vintage Hermes Bel Ami, judging by a brief scene depicting his bathroom.

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    In Queneau's Zazie dans le metro the uncle reeks of Barbouze de chez Fior
    "Your fragrance with a fume of iodine" L. Cohen

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigrushka View Post

    In Bull Durham Susan Sarandon has a bottle of Shalimar on her vanity table.
    I was looking for perfume the last time I watched that movie and missed it, but I assumed that Annie would smell wonderful!

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    In French film 'Brodeuses' (2004) Mme. Mélikian has bottles of Vol de Nuit and Eau de Cologne impériale by Guerlain.
    "Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."

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    In French film "Un éléphant ça trompe énormément" (1976) Jean Rochefort has a huge bottle of Monsieur de Givenchy.
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