I had never heard of this movie until I started working at Warner Archive Collection last year and when I saw that they had a movie with Marcello Mastroianni in it, I just had to watch it. I finally got around to watching it earlier this week and discovered that it was in fact directed by a woman (Kidron also directed To Wong Foo among other things). I’m glad I waited so long to watch it because I’ve learned a lot in the last few months from things I’ve read and conversations I’ve had with women and I think I wouldn’t have appreciated this movie as much if I had watched it earlier.
I first saw this film last summer and was shocked that I had never seen it before. It’s so my kind of film, but somehow over the years it slipped past my radar. It’s one of those films that is insanely touching, without once ever being schmaltzy. This post is spoilery.
Victoria Snelling: What about marriage and a family?
Corky: Definitely. Definitely want a family. Boys, though. Lots of boys.
Victoria Snelling: No girls? Girls are nice, too, I think.
Corky: Ahhh, maybe some girls, too. But you know, like, that stuff, that’s all besides the point. The real problem is to find a good guy for the father.
Victoria Snelling: Tell me about it.
Corky: Well. I’m real particular, you know? And I’m also patient enough. I mean, at least I hope I am. Cuz, you know, I don’t know, maybe you got to wait awhile, you know. Cuz maybe it’s not so easy to find the exact right guy, you know? Like, the one guy, you know?
Victoria Snelling: Another mechanic maybe.
Corky: Hell, I don’t care what he does, as long as he loves me right. With his soul. You know, takes me for who I am.
Victoria Snelling: I know what you mean.
Corky: Like Popeye says, “I y’am, what I y’am!” Right?
Victoria Snelling: You certainly are.
Gaston: Hello, Belle.
Belle: Bonjour Gaston. (Gaston grabs the book from Belle) Gaston, may I have my book, please?
Gaston: How can you read this? There’s no pictures!
Belle: Well, some people use their imaginations.
Gaston: Belle, it’s about time you got your head out of those books (tossing book into the mud) and paid attention to more important things. . .like me! The whole town’s talking about it. It’s not right for a woman to read–soon she starts getting ideas. . . and thinking.
Belle: Gaston, you are positively primeval.