Monday, December 15, 2008

THE SWEDES AND FRENCH KNOW FILM TOO.

I went to a nice Christmas party Saturday and was mistaken to be only 25 years old at the karaoke bar Sunday night. Defying my true age feels good.

O.k. I'm obsessed with films. Somebody stop me! It's just so easy to sit back effortlessly and take all this cinema in...I watched Queen Christina (1933) starring Greta Garbo and I was impressed. Really good movie. Emotional even! I was thinking for a while that Garbo may have been overrated during her short acting career, but now I see why she got all the accolades. She was quite an exotic beauty, with an irresistible accent, and very androgynous characteristics. I believe she is more notable for her silent movies, but I have yet to watch those. Like IKEA, Volvo, and ABBA, Garbo is one of Sweden's great exports; amazing that her film career lasted such a short while! She really only made films in the 20s and 30s, and retired from Hollywood and the limelight by about age 35! WOW! Now that's a legend folks! I may be going out on a limb here, but I've seen pics of my mother in her youth, and she kind of resembles Greta. My mother however is not bisexual, which Garbo was; she had affairs with women as well. Garbo lived a long life and retired from acting young and was pretty wise with her cash. She was frugal and lived a comfortable private secluded socialite life until her death well into her eighties.

Another film that I sat through that most normal people would've turned off within the first ten minutes was Jean de Florette, a French flick about a hunchback city dweller (played by Gérard Depardieu) and his family who inherit a nice country home from a dead relative that was killed by his greedy neighbors who want his land for its rich soil and underground natural spring. They purposely clog the spring with cement and do everything they can to make the new family fail at their venture in the country! A very simple, yet interesting story to me, but boring to most I suppose; there are really greedy wicked people out there and this movie shows Yves Montand and Daniel Auteuil in some fine performances as very dirty rotten scoundrels! Makes me wanna go visit the French countryside and shoot people like this actually! LOL! There's a part two to this called Manon of the Spring, where the daughter grows up and gets revenge for what was done to her father, so I'm kind of anticipating how she's gonna get back at these two awful bastards! ;) Good for the ear to hear French spoken like this, even though they speak so damn fast and the dialect used in the movie is a bit harder than the one in Paris I believe.

It's raining here in L.A! YEEHA! I got the song for you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTLJMSbEnn0

7 comments:

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Queen Christina is of one if not the best Garbo films ever

Todd said...

Ingmar Bergman was from Sweden. His movies are incredible. Check out a few to see for yourself. There are tons of great French films but one that always pops into my head is A HEART IN WINTER. You've got to, I repeat, got to see that one. It leaves a scar.

Squirrel said...

I have Jean de Florette and Manon on DVD , an excellent story ~ you won;t be disappointed.
Someone gave me the novels by Pagnol, but I haven't read them yet.

If you've ever seen the Simpson's episode --where Bart goes to France and they steal a bit from Jean De Florette, Bart at one point plays the Ugolin character (The Daniel Auteil role) it would really crack you up.

Try watching the Girl on the Bridge with Daniel Auteil, or In The Closet where he comes out as a gay man-- he is an exceptional actor.

Yves Montand was no slouch either, once Edith Piaf whipped him into shape.

I love Garbo too.

Bergman's "Fanny & Alexander" is a Christmas flick, but also autobiographical, so not all Christmassy cheer! Well worth a view.

I have to check out Todd's pic--A Heart in Winter.

Another film to check out is Entre Nous with Isabelle Huppert and Miou Miou.
(friendship between two women develops into love-post ww2). It's the true story of the film maker's

( Diane Kurys) Mother. You'll laugh, You'll cry...

Squirrel said...

Sorry , It's Daniel Auteuil , not Auteil.

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Bill German said...

just saw milk last night; whistles, anita bryant(wtf), i had no idea how paranoid the world was against us faggy fags, oh shit!, the world still hates us!

WAT said...

Todd and Squirrel: Many thanks for your movie suggestions and insight! I will look into them!