Monthly Archives: October 2012
Geoff Carter: You’re a queer duck.
Bonnie Lee: So are you.
Geoff Carter: I can’t make you out.
Bonnie Lee: Same here. What was she like, anyway?
Geoff Carter: Who?
Bonnie Lee: That girl that made you act the way you do.
Geoff Carter: A whole lot like you. Just as nice, almost as smart.
Bonnie Lee: Chorus girl?
Geoff Carter: Only by temperament.
Bonnie Lee: Well, at least you’re true to the type.
Geoff Carter: Sit down, make yourself comfortable.
Bonnie Lee: Still carrying a torch for her, aren’t you?
Geoff Carter: Got a match?
Bonnie Lee: Say, don’t you ever have any?
Geoff Carter: No – don’t believe in laying in a supply of anything. [she hands him a match] Thanks.
Bonnie Lee: Matches, marbles, money or women, huh?
Geoff Carter: That’s right.
Bonnie Lee: No looking ahead; no tomorrows; just today.
Geoff Carter: That’s right.
Sibyl Vane: It’s wonderful. Did. . .did you write it?
Dorian Gray: Frédéric Chopin. For a woman he loved. Her name was George Sand. Someday I’ll tell you about them.
Sibyl Vane: I should like that.
Dorian Gray: What did the music mean to you?
Sibyl Vane: I don’t know. It is full of emotion. But it’s not happy.
Dorian Gray: No. It’s not happy.
Sibyl Vane: Why was he unhappy?
Dorian Gray: Perhaps because he felt his youth slipping away from him.
Sibyl Vane: What an odd thing for you to say.
Dorian Gray: Why?
Sibyl Vane: You’re so young.
Dorian Gray: Yes. And you also.
Sibyl Vane: What is the music called? Has it a name?
Dorian Gray: A kind of name. It is called Prelude.
God I love this film. I first saw it during Summer Under the Stars in 2010 at about 2 in the morning after having watched five other Bergman films that day. I think I must have dosed off during it because a few months later when I fell really hard for Joseph Cotten and was looking at his filmography, I saw he was one of the co-stars and I didn’t remember his character at all! Luckily, at the TCM Film Festival in 2011, I got a second chance to see the film, this time on the gigantic screen at the Chinese Theater. During that day I had seen two other Cotten films on the big screen (Citizen Kane and Niagara), so I was on a bit of a Cotten high. What a great day that was. And what a great film, too! I now own it (thank you very much Warner Archive!) and have watched it several times. I would be lying if I told you the following look at the film is going to go pretty heavy into Jo Cotten’s wardrobe. Also, it will contain spoilers regarding the plot twist. So if you’ve never seen it before, you might want to look away. Gaslight was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning two: Best B&W Art Director (won), Best B&W Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress Angela Lansbury, Best Actor Charles Boyer, Best Actress Ingrid Bergman (won) and Best Picture. George Cukor was not nominated for Best Director, however. Actually, this was one of those years where Best Director lined up with three of the nominated films, while two director were nominated without Best Picture nominations (Otto Preminger for Laura and Alfred Hitchcock for Lifeboat). The other films nominated for Best Picture that year were Double Indemnity, Since You Went Away, Wilson and winner Going My Way. I should also mention that there is a British version of Gaslight from 1940 that stars Anton Walbrook and Diana Wynyard, though I have yet to see it.
Leopold: That thing is a damned hazard!
Kate: It’s just a toaster!
Leopold: Well, insertion of bread into that so-called toaster produces no toast at all, merely warm bread! Inserting the bread twice produces charcoal. So, clearly, to make proper toast it requires one and a half insertions, which is something for which the apparatus doesn’t begin to allow! One assumes that when the General of Electric built it, he might have tried using it. One assumes the General might take pride in his creations instead of just foisting them on an unsuspecting public.
Kate: You know something? Nobody gives a rat’s ass that you have to push the toast down twice. You know why? Because everybody pushes their toast down twice!
Leopold: Not where I come from.
Kate: Oh, because where you come from, toast is the result of reflection and study!
Leopold: Ah yes, you mock me. But perhaps one day when you’ve awoken from a pleasant slumber to the scent of a warm brioche smothered in marmalade and fresh creamery butter, you’ll understand that life is not solely composed of tasks, but tastes.
Kate: Say that again.
Leopold: Pardon me?
God, I cannot wait for this film. This trailer looks so fantastic. The film, released by Fox Searchlight, is due out November 23rd.
Anthony Hopkins is clearly gonna be in the front-running for Best Actor this awards season, as his portrayal of Hitch seems to be spot on.
Helen Mirren also appears to be at the top of her game as Hitch’s wife Alma.
I’m not the hugest Scarlet Johansson fan, but she at least looks a lot like Janet Leigh.
What I am most exited for, though, is Michael Stuhlbarg’s take on Hollywood dynamo Lew Wasserman. Yes. Good.
You can watch the new trailer here: