Tom Ford… or should that be Tom Mercedes?

By Julian Balme
Dec 06 2016, 10:01 am
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Tom Ford… or should that be Tom Mercedes?

Although the fashion designer, turned film director, has only made two full length movies, both heavily feature Mercedes motor cars.

I can’t wait to see what Ford does with a Pagoda or Gullwing…

His debut, A Single Man, re-invented lead actor Colin Firth as a university lecturer in California during the early sixties, his transport an uber stylish Mercedes 220S coupe. For many critics TOO stylish, given its cost and scarcity in the USA, (surely a Volvo PV544 would have been more appropriate) but in mid grey, it perfectly complimented his tailored wardrobe and fifties post-modernist home.

In his new film Nocturnal Animals, Ford has deployed a much less exotic example of the Stuttgart marque – a 240 D, the world’s one-time favourite taxi cab – though not exactly common on the roads of West Texas. The pivotal scene pits an academic family in their brown German 4 door against three scary psychos in a Pontiac GTO.

Both movies look great. Too stylish? Probably, but I can’t wait to see what Ford does with a Pagoda or Gullwing…

 

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