[Luxus+ Magazine] Barbie: director Greta Gerwig’s sources of inspiration

The long-awaited Barbie movie is released today. Seeing life in pink, thinking, eating and living pink – that’s what the Barbie movie is all about. But that’s not all, of course. Director Greta Gerwig delivers a feminist, libertarian and intelligent version of Barbie, breaking the codes and stereotypes surrounding the world’s most famous doll. And to do so, she has drawn inspiration from a variety of sources. Let’s find out together.


From the humor to the sets, from the actors to the characters, everything has been thought out and rethought by American director Greta Gerwig. For her film, she drew inspiration not only from the world of Barbie, but also from the real world, which she satirizes in a way. Indeed, for her, Barbie Land is what we see on screen, a representation of the cinema, and the “real world” into which Barbie arrives is reality, or the other side of the coin.



For the sets, the director drew inspiration from a number of films, starting with Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Big Fish. We’re also thinking of Jerry Lewis’s The Ladies Man, released in 1961. This creative comedy with astonishing set design features a house divided into different worlds, each belonging to a different woman. An idea echoed in Barbie, with the many dolls living in their enchanted little apartments.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Extract of Barbie’s movie


Big Fish


Stanley Kubrick’s memorable film 2001: A Space Odyssey is also worth a mention. The giant monkey can be likened to a giant, smiling Barbie watching little girls play with dolls.


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Apolline Prulhiere is a young journalist. She has a passion for fashion and culture, and has recently discovered an interest in cars. Her playful writing is characterized by a rich lexicon and a direct and spontaneous tone. Her precise glossary eliminates uncertainty.

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