Friday, June 02, 2006

1934 It Happened One Night

Stars: Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert

I knew before this started that I was going to like it. It was Frank Capra directing with Clark Gable on the screen - what could possibly be wrong with it? And the answer, nothing. It is a simple love story, where the couple in question dislike each other intensely to start, and then find themselves head over heels in love. Adversity is thrown in their way, but all comes right in the end. Perhaps it seems simplistic now, but still I think that that simplicity enhances it, making it timeless.

One of the stand-out scenes of the movie is of course when spoilt brat Ellie Andrews helps out in the procurement of a ride. She hitches her skirt above her ankle line, to the great delight of a passing motorist. It is innocent in so many ways, but also touching.

The pool of movies that were nominated that year included another Claudette Colbert epic, "Cleopatra", and an Astaire/Rogers classic, "The Gay Divorcee", but honestly, none of them have remained in our memories. So, perhaps this simple movie, was a good choice.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just so you know you're not writing into a vacuum: I love the idea of this blog, and I'm looking forward to each post. No comments to make yet, as I've only even heard of a couple of the movies so far. The earliest Oscar winner I've seen is Rebecca and I'll be interested to see what you think.


Wednesday, June 21, 2006 8:20:00 pm  
Blogger Cath said...

Thanks Boris.... feels a little lonely here, but good to know that some people are popping by.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 8:35:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll still waiting for the post on that ..... very lengthy Great Ziegfeld.


Thursday, June 22, 2006 1:41:00 pm  
Blogger coffeesnob said...

4 comments in one day qualifies me as a pest. but, in extenuation, i'll say: (1) you have swell taste in movies, and (2) you're also from melbourne.

"it happened" is the original, home-cooked recipe for the romantic comedy formula. take 2 ill-suited people, throw them together, and watch the fireworks. how is clooney and lopez in "out of sight" any different? or clooney and zeta-jones in "intolerable cruelty"? just variations on a theme.

keep writing. you do it three-encores well.

and if you like jean arthur look out for billy wilder's "a foreign affair". is fantastic.

Friday, June 08, 2007 4:27:00 pm  

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