Nov 21, 2009

Home from the Wind



I couldn't round up anyone else, so I went to see a showing of "Gone With the Wind" today by myself. I'd never seen it on the big screen, and it was well worth it.
I stupidly love the movie, no matter how politically incorrect it may be or how creaky it may seem. It's one of my favorite of all time. I sat there in my seat saying all the lines along with the characters. I wasn't alone.

Maybe they should start staging a Rocky Horror style production. I just need to sew myself up a green picnic at Twelve Oaks dress. I'd better start putting buttermilk on my shoulders right now though.
(Ok, ok so maybe more likely, I should just get myself a red head kerchief.)
Anyway, one could throw radishes at the screen. Think of how much fun that would be.

Today it was miserable, rainy and cold, the perfect day for a long movie.
I was nestled between two uptown matrons who chatted throughout the film about the good old days of slavery "gentility" and a Brazilian couple who translated parts to their young daughter in Portuguese. I myself was well medicated. I didn't want to risk a coughing fit in the middle of Melanie's death or something, but that only made me more drowsy. I've noticed with the classic movies I've seen on the big screen just how beautifully composed they are...each scene is like a beautiful photograh...and also how much funnier they are than when watched alone. You notice humor better with an audience, I guess.

Two large diet cokes and five bathroom breaks later, I'm home, trying to think of something to do with the rest of my Saturday night. Another movie is out of the question, since it would suffer by comparison, and because my movie sitting patience quota for this month is already expended.

I think I'll just spend the rest of the night perfecting my "fiddle dee dee's" and "great balls of fire!" I'm almost there.

12 comments:

ayem8y said...

Why not get started on that dress?

Here’s some inspiration for you...I plan to be back for Halloween, you know?

Maybe I could be Scarlet and you could wear the red kerchief.

It takes practice and patience to watch a four hour long classic while in a Robitussin coma.

laurelstreet said...

You know, we watch this, ummm, at least quarterly. It's always satisfying.

I have a really funny novel, "An Unauthorized Parody" (it states on the cover) titled "The Wind Done Gone."

It would be a good read while recuperating - feel better soon!

MJ said...

That damn Pirate stole my idea with that curtain rod dress photo.

Which was inspired by Carol Burnett originally.

larry said...

jason, i read this book in high school... i was hooked! scarlett and rhett, wow. a great film.

fendor said...

Gone with the wind & Braveheart are my all time favorites. I actually prefer watching them when I have the house all to myself...

Jill said...

Scarlett was my idol...but, she totally dropped the ball with Rhett.

David said...

With God as my witness, I shall never eat dirt again.

Ur-spo said...

Oh goodness, my best friend knows this movie front and back and quotes it at the drop of a hat. is very clever at knowing when to use what.
I saw the movie after him - so now I can't think of the movie in itself.

Fabulastic said...

You will see, the way Brazilian people reproduce, in two decades all North America will speak Portuguese...

Salty Miss Jill said...

Hooray for guilty pleasures!
Have you read the book? That's also a ton of fun...

jason said...

you know Salty Miss, I have read the book, but I have the worst track record of remembering what happens in a book. It's sad. It's like I've never read it. On the upside, it's like reading it for the first time when I read it again.

Michael Guy said...

Ooh, betch, I'd need to whip up that red frock that Scarlet wears over to Miss Melanie's. Talk about JEZEBEL!

Still, the notion of tying on the Mammy role is not without merits.