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fig. above: Florian Brückner, Tobias Moretti, Helmuth A. Häusler in a scene of the Alpine Western 'The Dark Valley ('Das Finstere Tal') by Austrian director Andreas Prochaska, release in February 2014. Photo: (C) Allegro Film / Thomas W. Kiennast. The German/Austrian production was shot on various locations (production details); the Schnalstal in South Tyrol became the movie's 'dark valley'. Trailer, cast, crew, photos... on dasfinsteretal-derfilm.at.

fig. below: Hans-Michael Rehberg in the role of Brenner wears a kangaroo fur collar. Photo: Allegro Film / Thomas W. Kiennast.

Costumes of the Alpine Western 'The Dark Valley'

In February 2014, the Alpine thriller with Western touch 'The Dark Valley' (original title 'Das Finstere Tal') will come into theaters. The trailer attracts with costumes that could come from Londoner dark-rock designers and with sound which pulls the viewer deeply into the pictures of mysterious sceneries playing in a small town in the high Alps where the inhabitants meet a stranger from America. The natives have one in common: a dark secret. The costumes are fictional; they are neither American nor Alpine style from the late 19th century but a mix of what we know from Western movies and the European equivalent 'Heimatfilm' (could be translated as 'Homeland movie'). The outlaw style of the outfits is derived from historical sources from the late 19th century and re-interpreted for today's fashion taste. Costume designer Natascha Curtius-Noss speaks in the video below about the outfits which are described by herself as free creations out of her fantasy and inspired by historical Western looks. Some of the outfits are original vintage pieces with authentical tracks of usage. Curtius-Noss followed the idea of director Andreas Prochaska and selected for 'The Dark Valley' fabrics with raw surfaces and muted colors. As example for the fictional character of the costumes, she names the kangaroo fur collar of Brenner (played by actor Hans-Michael Rehberg) and means cynical that such a fur collar would have existed for sure in the Alpine region in Europe at that times.




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