|Dutch angles for David's dream|
Writers Debra Frank and Carl Sautter came up with a dual storyline to be shot in black and white. Modern day detectives Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) and David Addison (Bruce Willis) hear a story from the 1940s about a woman and her boyfriend who blame each other for the death of her husband.
Maddie and David each dream about the unsolved mystery in black and white. Maddie dreams the woman is innocent; David dreams the woman is to blame.
The director (Peter Werner) and producer/creator (Glenn Gordon Caron) came up with two different visual styles for the dreams. According to them, Maddie's is told in a "slick, MGM" style centered on the female, like Mildred Pierce.
Addison's dream is told like a Warner Brothers movie -"Raymond Chandler style" that is "grittier" and boasts a dangerous femme fatale.
|A femme fatale for David's dream|
There is also a voice over for David's version with words like, "She smelled of violets and rainy nights. What I didn't realize is she also smelled of trouble."
|Demure outfits for Maddie's dream|
The costumes follow the respective differences in tone as well. The woman is dressed modestly in button down blouses for Maddie's dream - totally Joan Crawford. She's tarted up with Veronica Lake peekaboos and plunging necklines for David's gritty dream.
|Saucy dresses for David's dream|
I highly recommend this episode of "Moonlighting." If you can, listen to the commentary track as well; it's informative. Watch for a special introduction from Orson Welles in his last appearance on camera before his death a week later.
"Moonlighting" Season 2 is available on DVD at Amazon.