Nell: Bette Davis used to have blood-red nails.
Lizzie: Did she?
Nell: That’s what your daddy used to call you. You’d be all dressed up in my best frock and high heels. Talking away to yourself. Away in your own wee world. And he’d say, “Jesus Christ, Nell. Who the hell does that lassie think she is? Bette Davis?” I never really liked Bette Davis. Preferred Barbara Stanwyck. You knew where you were with Barbara Stanwyck.
Stymie: Why don’t go make up with him, Alfalfa? You guys have been friends since you were one.
Alfalfa: He started it!
Stymie: And you should finish it. You’re a team, like Bert and Ernie. Superman and Clark Kent, Milli and Vanilli. At least go talk to him. What could it cost?
Spanky: You mean, besides my dignity and pride?
Stymie: All I know is, you only make a once-in-a-lifetime buddy, once in a lifetime.
So I watched less films in August than I did in July despite being less busy (I don’t even know), but I did see a lot of films in theaters this month, including finally being able to go to the New Beverly (they did a Lina Wertmüller double feature last week). I also saw four movies this month that I really, really disliked, so it was an interesting month for me. Oh, I also posted the results from my poll about essential films by women. In case you missed it, you can read that post here. As always, a list of all the films I watched can be found after the cut, as well as my five favorites.
Dottie Ingels: I spend 16 years doing nothing but thinking about them and now I spend three months thinking about myself and I feel like I’ve murdered them.
Arnold Moss: You had to travel. It’s part of your work. Kids are happy when their mother’s happy.
Dottie Ingels: No they’re not. Everyone says that, but it’s not true. Kids are happy if you’re there. You give kids a choice: your mother in the next room on the verge of suicide versus your mother in Hawaii in ecstasy, they choose suicide in the next room. Believe me.
James Forester: You know, the best thing about playing? You know when you have a feeling and you don’t want to fade away, but you don’t really know how to keep it? Well, that feeling comes back when I play, like I can keep it. No. . .No talking, no disappointing anyone for three to five whole minutes.
Franny: You should try playing longer songs.
James Forester: Yeah, I should.