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Scent Translates to Screen

Posted: January 22, 2007

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Overall Impressions

“Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” is a modern ‘clin d’oeil’ [nod or wink] to our industry. Comparable to today’s industry, the movie shows that even in the 18th century when a perfume is a success everybody tries to create something similar to capture a small piece of the success.

The description of the over-talented nose Jean-Baptiste Grenouille has a limit. What can you achieve, what kind of perfumes can you create, even if your olfactive skills are incredible, without creativity, the sense of harmony and an artistic touch? Does Jean-Baptiste have all these skills? In the end, I do not think so and that’s the reason why I would not call him a true Perfumer.