Bradley Cooper Maestro Costumes

Maestro – BTS – (L to R) Set Costumer Kat St. John, Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein (Director/Writer/Producer), Hairstylist Lori McCoy-Bell and Prosthetic Makeup Artist Vivian Baker on the set of Maestro. Cr. Jason McDonald/Netflix © 2023.

It was great talking to Mark Bridges for an episode of the From Tailors With Love podcast. You can catch that episode here. I wanted to share some of my notes I made while watching the film.

Notes on the film

Beautiful looking film. Lovely overhead tracking shots that blend passages, giving the movie an elegant seamless flow between passages of time. There are crucial symbolism shots of Cooper casting a huge shadow over Mulligan looking on from the sidelines.

Mark Bridges Maestro

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 12: Mark Bridges attends Netflix’s Maestro LA special screening at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on December 12, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)

Pivot moments

As if her career has been completely shrouded by him. She decides that not everything is about him and his big moments when she jumps into the pool fully clothes. An anarchic but effective bid for attention and a reminder that not everything in the world is designed to revolve around his genius. Simply jumping in the pool fully clothed can also be as entertaining.

It’s also a film you could listen to with your eyes closed.

The argument is the best scene in the movie. It’s long, cutting, explosive and the words are like bullets ricocheting around the room and Mulligan ultimately gets the upper hand in a word perfect take down.

The coke scene was hilarious and the striped jumpsuit reminded me of Steve McQueen on the poster of Le Mans.