Cult Film Girl Crush: Sissy Spacek in Badlands

If I'm not thrifting or thinking about cats then I'm watching films. I thought the blog might be a good place to share my latest cult film girl crush, there are many! Plus I'm always looking for film recommendations so if you know of any good'uns please share in the comments section...

Sissy's bright yellow outfit.

Sissy’s girly bright yellow outfit and Martin’s James Dean get up.

Last night I watched Badlands, a 1973 film directed by Terrence Malick starring Martin Sheen as Kit Carruthers and Sissy Spacek as Holly Sargis.  It clearly inspired Quentin Tarantino when he wrote one of my all time fave films: True Romance. For starters, both films use the same distinct theme music: Carl Orff by Gassenhaur and both stories are narrated by the female lead who has a heavy Southern accent and a dreamy romantic and somewhat naive outlook on life. Both women fall in love rather quickly and go on the run with their lover who rides a cadillac and resembles a vintage Hollywood star. The perfect rock’n’roll love story! Doomed, obviously…

My favourite scene: dancing bare foot to 'Love is Strange'

My favourite scene: dancing barefoot in the woods to ‘Love is Strange’

My favourite scene in the film is when they’re on the run and hiding out in a camp they’ve made in the forest and Holly says “One day I carried 30 pounds of wood a distance of five miles, another day whilst hiding in the forest I covered my eyes in make-up to see how they’d come out” and the camera cuts from a close-up of Holly’s face with fairly amateur 60s style Twiggy eye make-up to them both dancing barefoot to “Love is Strange”. My heart literally melts in this scene; every couple dreams of having this moment of care free romance with their lover!

Holly with her Dad, the sign restorer and painter.

Holly with her Dad, the sign restorer and painter.

Her poor pop gets popped fairly early on in the film but I really enjoyed the few scenes he’s in with his ace collection of fading vintage signs and when he’s hand painting a gigantic billboard. A real visual feast!

Hair in curlers with tomboy shorts.

Forest life: hair in curlers with tomboy shorts & ruffle shirt.

Hands down the one main reason I love this film: the style of Sissy Spacek. She nonchalantly passes the time in their woodland hideout wearing an array of cute looks from tomboy shorts with rollers in her hair; pastel 1960s dresses with neat white ankle socks and she has completely revived the retro ruffle shirt for me! I will seriously be channeling her vibe this Summer. Thinking about these scenes, they’re not a far cry from Moonrise Kingdom either. I wonder if Wes Anderson was also inspired by Badlands?

Sissy rules ok!

Sissy rules ok!

I haven’t watched any other films with Sissy Spacek in so I’m off to update my Lovefilm list and if you have any recommendations let me know!

I’m not sure if I’ll feature Riff Randell from Rock’n’Roll High School next or LA Joan from Nashville… I’m going to watch them both again away!

2 Responses to Cult Film Girl Crush: Sissy Spacek in Badlands

  1. Kathryn says:

    Oh I love this write up, you make me want to see this film again! I just saw Straight Story recently, a really lovely David lynch film with sissy spacek – I’d definitely recommend it. Its unusual for a David lynch film in that, like it’s title it’s pretty straight!

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