For costume designer Amy Stofsky, creating the wardrobe for Paramount+’s new series “The Offer” was a personal project considering she’s originally from New York and grew up watching the beloved trilogy of ” The Godfather”.
“I’ve loved the movie all my life. It’s a joy,” she said. “You tell a story that, generationally speaking, we’ve watched a million times. Sometimes I go to visit my mother and she tells me: “I’m watching ‘The Godfather’ for the 100th time”, because every time you watch it, you see something new.
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Stofsky’s knowledge of the film series came in handy when designing the costumes for “The Offer,” which debuts Thursday on the streaming service. “The Offer” tells the story of how Oscar-winning producer Al Ruddy (played by Miles Teller) created the first “The Godfather” movie in the 1970s and features a dramatic story that includes the Italian Mafia, threats of death and tumultuous management at Paramount Pictures.
The cast of the series includes Dan Fogler as director Francis Ford Coppola, Matthew Goode as Paramount executive Robert Evans, Burn Gorman as founder and president of Gulf+Western Charles Bluhdorn, Patrick Gallo as writer of “The Godfather” Mario Puzo and others.
Given the vast amount of source material — both from ‘The Godfather’ movie itself and articles about Paramount executives — Stofsky leaned into research to mimic the styles the characters gravitated to in the past. early 1970s.
“It was really just watching what they were doing then,” she explained. “Ruddy had started out as an engineer and he fell into the business. Then you’re looking for people like Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, so it’s pretty easy to find pictures of them. You always take a bit of creative freedom because something can look better to someone, so you cheat a little. You give a little and you take a little. Even in ‘The Godfather’ itself, you see that they also cheated a little.
While the majority of “The Offer” is set in the 1970s, “The Godfather” itself is set in the 1940s, meaning Stofsky was tasked with creating virtually two period dramas in one project. . For scenes recreating “The Godfather” — like where the actors portraying Diane Keaton and Al Pacino do their Christmas shopping — Stofsky stuck to the original film.
“We tried to imitate the [costume] creator of ‘The Godfather’, her name was Anna Hill Johnstone,” Stofsky said. “We also tried to keep in mind the colors she used for the continuity of the story itself. There were so many people in the movie and so many executives from Paramount and Gulf+Western and so publicity on people like Robert Evans and Ali MacGraw, so it was pretty easy to copy that.
Of the characters, Stofsky said Evans had the most notable and flashy style. The character is regularly seen wearing colorful, printed costumes when working, and then more flamboyant, disco-inspired outfits when in a party environment.
With the female characters, their style evoked a mixture of traditional 1960s style with the emergence of new trends that were more prevalent in the mid-1970s. This was most noticeable when the characters Andrea Eastman (played by Stephanie Koenig) and Bettye McCartt (played by Juno Temple) have a conversation about the former’s slant for full skirts and the latter’s for pants.
Overall, Stofsky thinks “The Offer” will resonate with “The Godfather” fans and new viewers alike for the script, the costumes, and the nod to old New York.
“Being a New Yorker feels so familiar,” she said of the TV show. “’The Godfather’, there are so many wonderful parts. There’s just a feeling – an old New York feeling and a neighborhood feeling. We smell tomato sauce, fresh bread and garlic.
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