Writing about the marvelous precision and carefulness in the choice of setting, decor and costumes of Anderson made me think about another director with almost as much sense for these aspects of film: Tim Burton. Although with a slightly different approach since he loves fiction and injects the fantasy element to most of his works.
Big Fish takes place in the American countryside which provides much space for old American tradition and clothing. I really love the oil-waxed cotton duck (deriving from the Dutch ‘katoen doek’) jacket worn by the farmer, the canvas and leather rucksack (another Dutch derivation) that could have been a Filson, the 1966 Dodge Charger and of course the deck shoes which probably are my favorite type of footwear. Although I sometimes long to the time where people wore no shoes at all and enjoyed wobbling rocking chairs. As a child growing up in Cameroon I didn’t wear shoes for most of the time and it gives you a certain kind of freedom. Another interesting item featured in the film is the money bag with the ziplock (where Anothersomething recently did a small article on). See for yourself.