There is no dialogue in “The Perfume Man from Taksim,” only the sound of Peggy Lee’s plaintive voice singing the Rogers and Hart classic “Where or When”. The song’s theme of déjà vu is an ode to memory that perfectly illustrates what happens on camera and in the mind of someone who smells perfume. Watching the perfumer compounding a scent using a hypodermic needle and fragrance materials from a chic, but unusual portable display case invites curiosity and defies description. The viewer can’t help wondering what the perfume smells like, though how it is used and the fact that it smells good can be intimated from the perfumer’s gestures.
Glass Petal Smoke: Scent in Film: The Perfume Man from Taksim