Kenneth Branagh's latest adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile is finally going to be released in cinemas in February this year after many delays due to the pandemic.
This will be the third on-screen iteration of Death on the Nile. The first, in 1978, starred Peter Ustinov as Poirot and boasted a star-studded cast including Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, David Niven, Angela Lansbury, and Maggie Smith.
The second was a TV movie with David Suchet, possibly the most well-known version of Christie's Poirot. The latest film boasts a no-less impressive cast, however, with stars such as Tom Bateman, Gal Gadot, Russell Brand, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Annette Bening and Emma Mackey.
Written and set in the 1930s, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) is taking a holiday on the Nile cruise ship, The Karnack, when honeymooning heiress Linnet Doyle (Gal Gadot) is murdered. As Poirot turns to unravel the mystery of her death, it becomes apparent that nearly everyone on the ship, except perhaps her husband (Armie Hammer), has a motive for wanting Linnet dead. As bodies pile up and Linnet's famous and expensive necklace goes missing, it is a race against time for Poirot to discover the identity of the murderer.
Check out the movie trailer here.
Costumes and Jewellery
Paco Delgado is responsible for the costumes in Branagh's adaptation of Death on the Nile. According to Nitrateville.com's article, Death on the Nile (2022) in 70mm, Delgado researched the 1930s but did not want to make a reproduction. He wanted to create the feel of the period while allowing viewers to feel more connected to the characters through their clothes. He used designs, patterns and colours from the '30s and gave them a modern twist.
In the original story, Linnet Doyle's necklace, a string of rare and expensive pearls, is stolen. In this version, Delgado decided to use flashy diamonds. He borrowed Tiffany's famous 128.54-carat yellow diamond, well known as the diamond worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. It is a contemporary piece, having been mined over 100 years ago. He also used several other period Art Deco jewels from Tiffany's in the production.
Let's take a look at some of the costumes from the movie release posters.
Linnet Doyle (Gal Gadot)
Gal Gadot, as Linnet Doyle, is sporting a diaphanous white dress with a V-neck to show off the famous yellow Tiffany diamond necklace and floaty elbow-length sleeves. The bodice is ruched at the front and cinched at the waist. The skirt is slim to the stomach and hips but flares at the bottom in floaty ruffles and is embroidered with leaves to look as if they are falling. She is also wearing diamond stud earrings, a diamond wedding ring and a diamond bracelet.
Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh)
On the poster, Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) is wearing a grey double-breasted waistcoat with peak lapels and matching high waisted suit trousers with deep pleats. Underneath the waistcoat, he has donned a slim striped shirt with a long point collar in white, grey and brown to complement his suit and a grey patterned tie. The look is accessorised with a silver pocket watch chain and, of course, Poirot's famous enormous moustache.
Jacqueline de Bellefort (Emma Mackey)
Jacqueline de Bellefort (Emma Mackey) is wearing a floaty red dress with a cowl neck and puffed and ruffled short sleeves. Her hair is styled in a chin-length bob in loose waves. The outfit is accessorised with a diamond ring and bracelet.
Bouc (Tom Bateman)
On the poster, Bouc (Tom Bateman) is dressed in a cream linen jacket with peaked lapels. The jacket is paired with dark trousers and a light blue classic collar shirt unbuttoned with no tie. The look is complemented by a long silk scarf in the same colour as the jacket.
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