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Scarlett O’Hara and the Curtains

Gone With The Wind, Part I

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  1. First, I wanted you to realize that I am Heidi Li – in order to get my avatar right I had to rename myself – so I have given myself a virtual fief.

    Now a repost about movies:


    heidiliofpotpourri, on December 20th, 2008 at 1:06 am Said:

    From what I can see nobody has mentioned one of my absolute favorite movies:

    The Graduate.

    Plastics. Elaiiiinee!!! Anne Bancroft. The young Dustin Hoffman.

  2. LOL — Heidi — we knew who you were!!

  3. I figured it out, Heidi Li. Here’s my repost:

    Heidi Li,

    I mentioned The Graduate. I watched it twice in a row in the theatre in 1967 and went back to see it again.

  4. I’m not re-posting my list of favorite movies, because I can’t seem to narrow it down to less then 50 — but in general I love the “classics” — if it has Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman or Audrey Hepburn in it, consider it on my list.

  5. The first part of GWTW, Carole Burnett style is pretty funny.

  6. Also, if Clark Gable or Marilyn Monroe are in, put them on my list too!

    God, I can’t even narrow down my list of favorite actors! LOL

  7. A fun fact about The Graduate was that Anne was only five years older than Dustin.

  8. Practical Magic
    Wild Things
    Die Hard

  9. Prolix — goes to show you about when women are considered “old” in Hollywood compared to men.

  10. myiq — Practical Magic? Really?

  11. In an interview Dustin said they had to continually “light” Anne harshly otherwise he would have been the shabbier of the two.

  12. angienc2,
    You are a pip. The more you think about movies and actors the more of them you remember to love!

  13. Prolix, on December 20th, 2008 at 1:20 am Said:

  14. I’ll watch anything with Samuel L. Jackson in it. Anything!

  15. Prolix, on December 20th, 2008 at 1:17 am Said:

    The difference in actual age between Bancroft and Hoffman and the way they present in the film demonstrates to me the range of really good actors. They can turn a 5 year real difference into a 20 year on-screen difference. What a talent.

    And, you are all geniuses for knowing who I am (smile).

  16. I once ran into Samuel L. Jackson on the street here in D.C., BB. He was quite compelling.

  17. myiq2xu,
    I’ll be curious to see if we have any overlaps – I’m going to see what you wrote downstairs.

  18. Angie:

    It has the “Lime in the Coconut” song!

  19. Angie,

    I thought you’d be thrilled that I found that Carole Burnett video.

  20. Westerns — I grew up watching Westerns because my dad loves them (have also seen every James Bond flick too — thanks to daddy) I’ve already told y’all my mom only let my brother & I watch 1/2 of tv a day each (1 hour total) except for movies that she & my dad ok’d — so I think I’ve seen just about every Western made. My favorites are High Noon (of course — Gary Cooper, Grace Kelley — who doesn’t love that one), Unforgiven & Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid — which, btw, is on of the funniest movies ever made — “use enough dynamite there Butch?” kills me every time

    A really good western recently was the remake of 3:10 to Yuma with Russel Crowe & Christian Bale — if anyone likes westerns & is looking for one to rent, I recommend that one highly.

  21. Heidi, thank you for all you do for all things right and good particularly your commitment to the TMSF.

  22. I loved Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie.

    He said that doing the movie really raised his consciousness with regards to how men treat women. In an interview he talked about being in make-up and talking to a male friend of his who, at one point in the conversation, did that “look around the room” for something better that men do when in the company of a “not attractive” woman, and it dawned on him what shits men could be.

  23. bb — I’m in moderation again! could it be the word “bu*ch”?

  24. That skit on her show was one of my faves. That one and the Sunset Blvd skit.

  25. myiq — I love the Lime & the coconut song & I thought Practical Magic was very cute — but I don’t know if I could watch it over & over again.

    bb –let me out of moderation — thanks!

  26. ok — I’m out! thank bb!

  27. Prolix, on December 20th, 2008 at 1:28 am Said:

    Thank you!

  28. I got you out.

  29. heidi — thanks for seeing that way! I do love movies (especially “old” ones — though to me they never get old — they are “classics”) but usually when people ask my favorite movie I just say “Casablanca” so I will not bore them by gushing on & on! LOL

  30. myiq – lots of overlaps

    Oh Brother! Where Art Thou for sure.
    Paul Newman – yes, and especially in Cat in a Hot Tin Roof and The Sting!

    Oh, I remember being a kid and seeing The Sting for the first time and “getting it” at the at end, and just thinking this was the cleverest thing I had ever, ever seen and would ever see.

  31. bb — I am thrilled you posted the Carol Burnett skit — you must have missed that I linked to it on the other thread (that thread did get a little unwieldly!)

  32. High Noon is a wonderful movie. And how about To Kill A Mockingbird?

  33. heidi — I still think The Sting is the cleverest thing I’ve ever seen!

  34. Oh sorry. I didn’t see the link. I remember watching that on TV. I adored The Carole Burnett Show

  35. bluelyon, on December 20th, 2008 at 1:28 am Said:

    I like it when Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie hikes up the pantyhose.
    I’m not kidding, I think pantyhose are the work of the devil.

  36. bb — are you kidding me? To Kill a Mockingbird is beyond wonderful — I became a lawyer because if I couldn’t marry Atticus Finch, I sure as heck wanted to be him! LOL

  37. Pantyhose are horrible, but at least they are optional. Bras are the devil!

  38. Angela Lansbury was only two years older than Lawrence Harvey when she played his mother in The Manchurian Candidate. Beats Bancroft/Hoffman.

  39. heidi — pantyhose was definitely invited by a man, that’s for sure.
    Thank God they are out of style & I live in a warmer climate — I never wear them anymore. My poor mom — from the old days — she never goes out without them!

  40. They didn’t even invent pantyhose until I was about 19 or 20. Shortly after they came out, I used to get these obscene phone calls from a guy who would ask “Do you wear pantyhose?” At first I laughed because I thought it was so funny. Then I realized what he was probably doing on the other end of the line.

  41. testing to see if Butch is the word getting caught in spammy from my previous posts

  42. Nope, not the word Butch.

  43. bb — your obscene phone call story made me laugh!

  44. The ways of spammy are mysterious.

  45. I could watch Practical Magic again and again too…I can watch almost any Sandra Bullock movie over and over. Nicole Kidman too, actually. I just watched her in “The Others” earlier tonight.

    I think there’s a tie between the two movies I have so happened to watch the most:

    Jeremiah Johnson and Jesus Chris Superstar

    I think I’m finally burning out on JCS, but I have recently checked out Ted Neeley on You Tube hitting those high notes when he sings Gethsemane…

  46. I like Sandra Bullock too. My favorite is Miss Congeniality. I like 28 Days too.

  47. firelight — may I ask — are you a man? Jeramiah Johnson is a movie much beloved by many many men I know that I just don’t get — not enough dialogue in it for me, I guess.

    I also don’t care too much for Bridge on the River Kwai — except for the theme song — which is also a favorite of ever man I know.

  48. BB: I avoid bras and pantyhose (camisoles and slacks, baby).

  49. I think Sandra Bullock is adorable. My dad has a “secret” crush on her , btw — “secret” as in he would never admit it, but we all know — this is a guy who watches nothing but westerns, war or action movies who will also watch Sandra Bullock movies over & over again, so it is pretty obvious why he likes the Sandra Bullock movies, imo! LOL

  50. night Heidi!

    btw — I think “slacks” is a very funny sounding word.

  51. No! I’m not a man.

    I’m not sure why I like that movie. I think it speaks to how each person is alone in life…on some level…and must stuggle. I say that even though I’m basically happy in my life. I also love all the outdoor scenery. Now, you wouldn’t just watch it once in a while for Robert Redford?

    I wonder if JJ could challenge for the record of the longest movie with the least dialogue?

  52. Every time I’ve seen that Scarlett with the drapery rod skit I thought Carol Burnette surprised the rest of the cast with that. It would be hard enough to keep a straight face if you knew it was coming, but I don’t think they did.

    I love most all the movies mentioned but my favorite movie is:
    Benny and Joon.

    What can I say?
    Johnny Depp. Aidan Quinn. Love Mary Stuart Matherson and Julianne Moore. Just a very sweet movie.

  53. *struggle

    stuggling might be fun, but I wouldn’t know…

  54. my favorite musicals are:
    My Fair Lady
    The Sound of Music (I so wanted Capt. Von Trapp to have a “whistle” for me!)
    Grease (yeah, I’m putting it on my list — love that movie).

    It works out much better if I separate my favorites by genre — then it doesn’t look like I’m trying to fit in every movie ever made.

  55. Practical Magic is just a fun step outside of reality. I watch it regularly. The entire cast was a gathering of actors I thoroughly enjoy.

    Jeremiah Johnson, too, is a fantastic movie. The Epics, though…Ryan’s Daughter, Paint Your Wagon, Dr Zhivago, Out of Africa, Gone With the Wind are all easy to watch multiple times.

    Susan Hayward had some terrific old movies…With a Song in My Heart, Back Street (I spelled my daughter’s name with an ‘rae’ instead of “ree” at the end because of that movie).

    Sleepless in Seattle was a fun movie that revived the classic An Affair to Remember.

  56. firelight — no offense intended! Jeramiah Johnson is definitely a classic & I have seen it twice — I only asked because every man I know loves it — always, they list it as a favorite — and honestly I would not list it as one of mine.

    I would much rather watch Butch Cassidy or the Sting, heck, even The Way We Were for my Robert Redford fix! LOL!

  57. I don’t like musicals that much, but my favorites as a kid were Carousel and South Pacific. The first movie I ever saw was a musical called Hans Christian Anderson, with Danny Kaye as the fairytale author.

  58. Redford was in his prime in The Sting. He didn’t hold up as well as Paul Newman did. In The Sting, Redford was gorgeous.

  59. I can’t believe it’s after 2:00. I have to get to bed or I’ll be up all night. It was fun talking about movies–one of my favorite things in life.

  60. An Affair to Remember is too dang sad as far as I’m concerned — good movie, but not on my all time favorite list for that sad ending alone. I refuse to ever watch that movie again — just like Old Yeller — fool me once.

  61. bb — up until the very, very end Paul Newman remained gorgeous!!

    Night bb!

    I’m off to be too! Night all!

  62. Same here, Angie. I can’t watch those tearjerkers a second time. OMG, Julia, did you ever see that one? It was a wonderful movie, but I just couldn’t watch it again.

  63. ‘Night everyone!

  64. bb — Julia is another one — only once! LOL

    I agree with you re: musicals as a rule, but I do adore the ones I listed.

    Ok, night for real!

  65. There was so much more than Robert Redford in Jeremiah Johnson. I’m certain I would have loved that movie even if a different actor had played JJ.

    Will Geer had a small part, but very memorable.

    Sidney Pollack did a great job of telling a story.

  66. On the other hand, there’s this movie:

  67. Brad cracks me up with his trailers. I have to apologize for quipping that the movie would be available just in time to prove a blockbuster for the 2034 midterms. Editing takes time.

  68. Wow, Anne Bancroft was only five years older than Hoffman? That is amazing.
    Bancroft was so hot in that movie (I know she really wasn’t supposed to be), but poor Katherine Ross couldn’t hold up to her.
    When Hoffman asks, “Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?”
    And then Bancroft gives that laugh. That moment was so exquisite. So damn funny.

  69. oh my, I’m 12 hours behind the conversation on this thread… hmm. Kind of feels open and empty and spacious around here. I think I’ll do some whistling and see what the acoustics are like.

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