Sex in Sunday In The Park!

wallpaper_sundayNYwcSunday In The Park is a silly screw ball comedy, I have always enjoyed it. The actors in it were on the brink of amazing and long careers, I loved the music and sweetness of the film. I have watched it when I was a bit down to just get a smile.

But there comes a time when you start noticing things in a movie you have seen a lot. And a couple of days ago I noticed that it was very early in the 60’s and here they were talking about sexual mores. I also started to place the movie in the time period and had some very serious thoughts emerge from such a silly film.

The funny romp Sex and The Single Girl, came a year later. (For my young friends this movie was based on a self-help book by Helen Gurley Brown that talked very openly about how good girls could have sex. It was of course a run away best seller. The movie has really nothing in common with the book they just took the name of the book and the author. This is also has nothing to do with Sex in The City. Though sometimes I wondered if a young Carrie Bradshaw borrowed her Mom’s copy.)

Sunday in New York is  about a young girl played by Jane Fonda, who was just dumped by her fiancée because she wouldn’t go to bed with him. The chat with her brother played by Cliff Robertson was pretty open for a movie during the Kennedy Administration and pre-sexual revolution.  She talks openly about how confusing it is to know what to do, when your parents and religion say one thing and the boys you go out with say something completely different. ( I think it is interesting that mid twenty and early thirty year old men and women refer to each other as girls and boys.)

I think it is interesting I realized all this on the eve of the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. I mean all the change was supposed to take place after JFK was murdered but here was a movie touching gently on it while he was still alive and well. (The President was killed on November 22nd that year and this movie was released on November 13th. I was two years old so it is not from my memory but this was a critical time in our country and when we lost our President, my parents told me the world changed, it became a darker place. Really, the modern age began that day from what I understand.)

What the movie really points to was how hypocritical it all was, men were not judged for going to bed with the women they dated but woman were. In fact they were put into  categories, those that would and those who wouldn’t. And men placed them in that category. Later in the film, she meets a young man played Rod Taylor, she finds out that her brother lied to her and was hypocrite so she tries to seduce Rod Taylor. She almost succeeds but he finds out that she is what he calls a beginner and he does not bed beginners. She has a great line, “I want to join the other group!”

It is so funny,in all the talks with her brother, he explains how men only marry good girls and he ends up marrying the girl he loves who had been sleeping with all along. So there goes that theory!

Bonding Through Bethenny

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To be honest my Mom has never heard of Bethenny Frankel. She does not watch reality tv and will not, ever. She knows what Real Housewives of New York is but has never seen it. But my Mom does like talk shows especially when children are the topic and there is a lot of fun involved.

I have been watching Bethenny’s talk show and my Mom just started to watch it with me so we would be together. Bethenny as you know speaks really fast and that was a bit of hump for my Mom to get over. But slowly she started to get it and we have been enjoying the show together.

Today’s show was something my Mom really liked. It was so funny and a bit out of control with the audience. She found it amusing but the part that touched her was when the guest, Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Gabby Douglas came on the show to help three young girls who love gymnastics with the new tablet so they could watch it anytime they wanted to. Then to top if off Bethenny ended up paying for a year of classes for the three young girls.

My Mom who loves kids teared up and said that this is the best show Bethenny has done yet.

Thank you Bethenny,

There Was Only One Cary Grant!

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As I watch movies today I keep hearing that this person or that person is the modern version of a classic actor. I really don’t see it. The latest is that George Clooney is the modern Cary Grant. I like George Clooney he is handsome and urbane. He is very talented and I love his movies but he is no Cary Grant. I think he would agree with me because he does know classic movies.

Cary Grant was one of kind. He was talented, handsome and had created a whole persona called Cary Grant. His real name was Archibald Leach a Cockney from London.  Cary created Cary Grant and had merged himself so much with that persona that he became more Cary then Archie.

Cary could be serious like in Hitchcock’s Suspicion or super funny like he was in a film like Walk Don’t Run or Brining Up Baby. There is no one who can react like Cary could. One of the funniest scenes in Arsenic and Old Lace is when discovers a dead body in a window seat.

When he was older he did a wonderful couple of movies which really showed his down to earth side, one was Father Goose. He was unshaven, he wore casual clothes and a battered old hat. He was soooo funny! It was not a hit at the time but as more of his fans watched it on TV, more people just fell in love with this comedy with a touch of drama. I’m one of them, Love it!

The other movie was Walk Don’t Run. He was very polished but very down to earth. He was a married older man in it who does not get the girl but helps a younger man get the girl. He is very interfering and nosey. He is also very lovable, you just can’t help it. You have to see the scene in the morning with the milk and the little kids to see what I mean. That is as much of a spoiler as I will give you.

Cary was one of a kind, see his movies and you will see a complete original!