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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Frankie and Bingo ... and Garbo

A few nights ago I was having a reverie about films and in particular scenes from films that I can watch over and over again and never fail to enjoy. It occurred to me to come up with my 10 most favourite of these scenes and then see if I could find clips of them on You Tube. And so I did -- for the most part...

Now from time to time, I will be writing a series of posts which will include a couple of favourites  and a few words about them. Some everybody will know -- or practically everybody -- others are perhaps a bit obscure.

High Society was a musical re-make of The Philadelphia Story and to be honest I prefer the older movie that stars Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant . High Society, however, is the last film Grace Kelly made before her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco -- it came out in 1956. I remember my mother laughing when she saw the marquee of the local theatre advertising its stars as "Gracie, Frankie and Bingo". (Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, for any who might possible not know!) And finally, High Society is a musical with fantastic songs and an appearance by Louis Armstrong. It also has the out-of-this-world location of wealthy Newport, Rhode Island.

My favourite scene from this movie is the only recorded duet of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby -- and it never fails to lift my spirits and bring a smile:



Now for something completely different! Queen Christina with Greta Garbo and John Gilbert was made in 1934 and has for me many exquisite moments despite the film being rather dated. Garbo is at her most beautiful and most mysterious. As an actress she could be the most feminine creature you ever saw on screen ... but she could also portray a surprisingly masculine side to her nature and this movie gives her ample room to showcase both aspects of her personality. The Queen has left the castle disguised as a man and comes to a local inn looking for a room for the night -- a blizzard is raging! The Inn is full, however there is a gentleman who is willing to share his room with 'him' and what follows is a scene relished by all Garbo fans. Of course, once discovered to be a beautiful woman the two instantly fall in love and spend a passionate 3 days together as they are completely snowbound!! All this leads up to my favourite scene -- that I love to watch again and again. Needless to say, her lover has no idea who this woman is. She, being a queen, and being obliged to marry someone else for the sake of her kingdom, knows that she cannot continue this relationship once she leaves and so she proceeds to 'memorize the room' -- moving around and touching things so that she will never forget these three days of complete happiness. She says, " I have been memorizing this room. In the future, in my memory, I shall live a great deal in this room."

Unfortunately, I cannot embed the one clip I found of this scene -- which is unfortunately dubbed into Spanish at the very end, so you won't hear her wonderful voice... But here is a link to the clip.

Now, what scenes to you find irresistible?

16 comments:

  1. Anything with Audrey Hepburn in, and I've still got a little crush on Cary Grant.

    S

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    1. Oh, I agree with you 100 percent on both of them!

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  2. I just love all movies...can get lost for hours with my imagination run wild...sigh. Although I enjoyed High Society, the original 'Story' with the hilarious swim pool scene (and the delicious James Stewart) is one of my favorites.

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    1. Oh yes -- Jimmy Stewart was in so many of my favourite movies -- old and not so old. I'll be showing a clip of one of my favourite scenes in an upcoming post.

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  3. I just loved High Society, but I only ever saw the original version, Sadly my connection is not fast enough to play YouTube. I loved Lois Armstrongs singing. Diane

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    1. Sorry your connection isn't fast enough. I highly recommend purchasing DVD's from Amazon -- they are amazingly inexpensive and the postage to France isn't outrageous either.

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  4. Dear Broad,
    Thank you so much for these two videos. I'd seen High Society, but I've never seen any movie in which Greta Garbo starred. Now I see that I must look on the library DVD shelf and see what I can find.

    I've never been much of a movie goer, but I do remember a scene from Elvira Madigan (I'm not even sure of the name or spelling). The lovers are literally starving and they find ripe, red strawberries. They pluck them off the green vines and then milk a cow in a field near by and dip the luscious strawberries in the white, creamy milk. I've never forgotten those vivid colors.

    Peace.

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    1. Do you know, I have never seen Elvira Madigan -- much to my shame because it was such a popular film 'back in the day'! I love the Mozart theme though. (Concerto No. 21)I think I should take my own advice from above and order it from Amazon!

      If you are really interested in seeing some of Garbo's films I would recommend Ninotchka, Conquest, Camille and Anna Karenina, as well as Queen Christina. Ninotchka was later made into the musical 'Silk Stockings' with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. Ninotchka was Garbo's penultimate film and her only comedy -- it was advertised with the words, 'Garbo laughs'!

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  5. I'd have to do some real thinking about this one but I admit that I too love the oldies much better than new Hollywood blockbusters.

    Perhaps I'll get out a few DVDs.

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    1. Nothing better in this cold weather than getting out a few DVD's -- especially the oldies!

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  6. Great idea, Broad. I'm with you in preferring the original Philadelphia Story, as it has not only Hepburn and Grant but the wonderful Jimmy Stewart, though I love the clip you give here. I've never been much of a Garbo fan, but a film that always makes me feel good is Singin' in the Rain and I love The Bridges of Madison County. Lots of other favourites for another time. :-)

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    1. 'Singin in the Rain' is right on top of my all time favourite movies list!

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  7. I always get totally lost when I go onto Youtube and I end up with favourite clips which I play over and over. actually I never seem to have time to watch whole movies! :)

    But when I do, one of my favourites is Yellow Submarine, the beatles animated movie which has such fabulous art work in it. And I have resolved to watch "Back to the Future" again.

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    1. Actually, when I was looking for clips for the series of posts I want to write on this subject, I did get lost for hours looking at various clips!

      I like all three of the Beatles movies -- 'Help' is my favourite! But I do agree with you that the artwork in 'Yellow Submarine' is phenomenal...

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  8. Do you know, I think that is the only Garbo movie I have ever seen (criminal, I know), and I love love love that scene too. Oh man, does it get any more romantic? Like Cinderella in reverse.

    I love many scenes in "Rebecca" this way and can watch them again and again.

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    1. You are definitely a fellow romantic!

      I agree with you about "Rebecca" -- haunting and romantic!

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