I’m not sure if I saw this first or the first film adaptation of Robert Nathan’s book, 1947’s The Bishop’s Wife (with one of my favorite Cary Grant performances!), but I did watch this movie A LOT in the late-90s when it was on TV all the time (I think TBS?) I did, however, have no idea that Penny Marshall directed it until I noticed it was on Netflix last week. I decided it was time I revisited this film (not the least of which because Denzel Washington is so goddamn charming as Dudley!)
Odell: Hey Easy, find a job yet?
Easy Rawlins: I ain’t studyin’ no job, Odell.
Odell: Ain’t studyin’ no job? How you gonna live?
Easy Rawlins: I got a little money saved up. I’ll invest in real estate. Maybe go into business for myself.
Odell: What kind of business?
Easy Rawlins: A little private investigating.
Odell: You get in trouble doing that.
Easy Rawlins: Well, like a man told me once: “Step out your door, you’re already in trouble. Just a matter if you’re mixed up at the top or not, that’s all.”
Andrew Beckett: Congratulations, Counselor.
Joe Miller: Congratulations?
Andrew Beckett: You’ve survived what I assume to be your first gay party intact.
Joe Miller: Let me tell you something, Andrew, when you’re brought up the way I am, the way most people are in this country, there’s not a whole lot of discussion about homosexuality or what do you call it, alternate lifestyles. As a kid you’re taught that queers are funny, queers are weird, queers dress up like their mother. That they’re afraid to fight, that they’re a danger to little kids and that all they want to do is get into your pants. [beat] That pretty much sums up the general thinking out there if you want to know the truth about it.
Andrew Beckett: Thank you for sharing that with me.
Joe Miller: You’re very welcome.
With all this talk about Kathryn Bigelow being only the 4th woman to be nominated for Best Director and the first woman to win at the DGA, I think we’ve forgotten that Lee Daniels has been making history, too. I watched an interview with him today on KTLA, wherein he said he sobbed when he heard he was nominated for the DGA. Apparently, he is the first black man to be up for the honor. He’s also only the second black man to be nominated for Best Director (John Singleton was up for the honor for 1991’s Boyz n the Hood). He is also only the third black producer up for the Best Picture award (this year, there are two black nominees, the only previous nominee was Quincy Jones for The Color Purple in 1985) Also, this is the first time a film directed by a black man has been nominated for Best Picture.