Monday, November 5, 2007

Sunday matinee: The talk of the town

After the Sinister Affair of the Ethiopian Chicken and the Kitchen Explosion (see previous entry) mum and I felt it was time to settle down for the Sunday matinee. This week it was The talk of the town, a 1942 Frank Capra film with Cary Grant, Jean Arthur and Ronald Colman. I'm having a bit of a Jean Arthur festival at the moment - she's becoming my favourite screwball actress. A spunky, no nonsense working girl with a raspy voice and great legs - who was also notoriously publicity shy, suffered from stage fright and lacked confidence in her abilities.
Film reviewer Charles Champlin wrote the following (+ I pinched it from the wikipedia Jean Arthur entry):

To at least one teenager in a small town (though I’m sure we were a multitude), Jean Arthur suggested strongly that the ideal woman could be — ought to be — judged by her spirit as well as her beauty…. The notion of the woman as a friend and confidante, as well as someone you courted and were nuts about, someone whose true beauty was internal rather than external, became a full-blown possibility as we watched Jean Arthur.

Love the lady.

1 comment:

Proud woman said...

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