Me: Awww, thank you Valarie
Me: I like that you added the Little Rascals in there...
“Imitation of Life”
“A Pocket Full of Miracles”
“The Bad News Bears”
“House of Wax”
...and anything with Danny Kaye!
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
Me: Good lord...what a list of films and loved that you broke them down by genre. Val, you are bucking for guest of the year ain't you?
However, Mr. Gable must have made a huge impression on me, since, one afternoon very soon thereafter, my family was discussing a picture of a couple in one of my grandma's photo albums and I said, "That guy looks like Clark Gable.” (He even had Clark’s signature mustache and side-parted, slicked hair.) They asked me, “How do you know who Clark Gable is?" "Oh, I know," I said, "I know..." and I never forgot him…how can one? ;)
Me: GWTW has been a lot of my guests first classic movie experience.
Me: Awesome answer Val..and I agree with you but I'm still not crazy about West Side Story.
Me: Oh I know that feeling all too well...
Me: very true about great films being in each decade
~ Francis / George Jenesky
Me: I like all genres too..but I kind of lean toward screwball comedies as my fave!
Me: Thanks for the invite Val! Can't wait for your party!
“An American in Paris”
“Birth of a Nation”
I understand and agree with the cinematic brilliance of Federico Fellini, but this movie is him on a really…bad…day. It’s incredibly disjointed and is gratuitous is so many ways – just for shock value’s sake – that it is best viewed as “background” on your TV set while you are throwing a party. Don’t worry about following the storyline – believe me, even if you sat down and watched it without distraction, it would be difficult – and the excessive scenes are sure to strike up some interesting conversations!
I also have a hard time enjoying a film that glorifies courtesans (and, even worse, the “courtesan-to-be” is expected to follow suit by her own family) and wants me to be happy that the male lead didn’t actually want the woman to be a glorified prostitute after all. (Gee, thanks there, big guy. How nice of you.) By the way, there are those who make the argument that the song, “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” (sung by Maurice Chevalier as Honoré Lachaille to give him more screen time) is an innocent medley, and there are visual aspects of him singing it on-camera that bolster than stance. However, it is just too double-entendre to not think it is also alluding to “little girls” growing up into sexual playthings for men, especially with prostitution as the underlying theme of the film. As Chevalier’s character says, “…but in Paris, those who will not marry are usually men, and those who do not marry are usually women,” meaning, the choice lies solely with the man. During one of his sung lines about Gigi’s eyes, ♫“they will flash and send you crashing through the ceiling,”♪ he makes a hand gesture that traditionally and multi-culturally means, “too hot to handle,” essentially, but of a sexual nature. The song is meant to mean both, so people can argue over it – with one side wanting to see only what it wants it to mean and, the other, just the opposite. It’s smart on the studio’s part and Mae West was brilliant at it. She got mostly everything she wanted into her films because she was the Queen of the Double Entendre, and could argue with the censors and Hayes Code people that her self-written, sexually-charged lines always had non-sexually infused meanings instead. However, there is no way Chevalier is making the too hot to handle hand gesture about “little girls” in an innocent manner. I am not arguing pedophilia. I am saying it’s directly associated to those little girls growing up into adult women for the disposable of men – men like just like Honoré Lachaille, who are happy they are ♫“getting bigger every day.”♪
Me: Some notable films there Valarie but I agree with you on Citizen Kane, An American in Paris, Breakfast at Tiffany's (ugh!), Gigi, Birth of A Nation. But I know there are some fans of these films..so they may voice their opinions as well.
~ Zero Mostel
Me: Oh no..thank you Valarie for being my guest and with all these amazing answers. You are quite the movie fan for sure.