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One Thing The Flu Is Good for [Jun. 21st, 2009|10:06 am]
Tony Grist
I still don't know the plot of  Lady from Shanghai. Obviously Rita Hayworth is wicked and Everett Sloane is wicked and the other guy is wicked too- but exactly how they're shafting one another- and who exactly shot whom and why- continues to escape me.   I thought maybe this time I'd pay a little more attention to all the he said, she said business,  but when it got to the point where Welles explains everything in voiceover I was so overwhelmed- as always- by the gorgeousness of the visuals that  I couldn't take any of it in.

Thank you, flu. If it hadn't been for you, I wouldn't have been flopped in front of the TV yesterday afternoon watching Lady from Shanghai for the umpteenth time.

Is it really the most beautiful movie ever made?

Yes.  I believe so.  
 
My throat still hurts. I had a dream I was dodging lightning bolts. Apart from the throat, I don't feel too bad- apart from being heavy-eyed from lack of sleep.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-06-21 11:34 am (UTC)

flu

so sorry too hear you have the flu and so does Ailz. I hope you are both feeling better today.
We have been visiting this weekend and have seen Jo, Thomas, Michelle and Matthew. Also Alan, Lili and KK. It's been lovely and also tiring, so we are doing nothing much today.
We saw Matthew on Friday and had a great evening. He is now nearly a month old and is so gorgeous! Then we met Jo, Alan and family in Bristol for the day having travelodged at Swindon, Friday evening and gone by train onwards. I had a sneak preview of Jo's wedding dress which was the reason for the visit.
love Jenny x
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-21 08:19 pm (UTC)

Re: flu

We're probably getting better- but this thing is taking it's time. I've spent today feeling weary and listless- and sleeping a lot.

Matthew's a month old already- wow! How time flies.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2009-06-21 04:34 pm (UTC)
but when it got to the point where Welles explains everything in voiceover I was so overwhelmed- as always- by the gorgeousness of the visuals that I couldn't take any of it in.

I will see this one, too.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-21 08:20 pm (UTC)
I think of it as the film noir equivalent of the Duchess of Malfi. It has the same dark, glittering texture.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2009-06-21 10:52 pm (UTC)
I think of it as the film noir equivalent of the Duchess of Malfi.

Okay, now I feel morally compelled to.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2009-06-21 08:54 pm (UTC)
Hope you feel better soon. Ever see Jane Eyre with Orson Welles as Mr Rochester?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-22 08:33 am (UTC)
Yes, not recently- but the rearing horse, the flapping cape- these things are unforgettable.
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From: algabal
2009-06-21 09:18 pm (UTC)
Grisby is my favorite character in the Lady from Shanghai. I love and relate to the undercurrent of apocalypse and hysteria in his personality.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-22 08:43 am (UTC)
I thought the least I could do was look him up. His name was Glenn Anders- and he was best known for his stage work. You're right: Grisby is a fabulous monster.
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