Thursday, February 11, 2016
Thursday Movie Picks-May/December Romances
It's another Thursday and, in keeping with the romance month, it's all about May/December Romances or the typical old coot lusting after a young chick. Today it is known as your typical old rich famous guy marrying a gold-digging tart with her IQ placed in her triple D chest. Going against the grain, Harold and Maude would fit perfectly here(Old gal with a young man) but I have yet to see the movie (I know!!-I have to see it), so I have chosen the 3 below. Head on over to Wandering Through the Shelves to see what other bloggers have picked.
1. DADDY LONG LEGS-1955
I love this movie even though Leslie Caron could be Astaire's young daughter. She plays a young orphan in France who gets the chance of a lifetime when her "Daddy Long Legs" happens to see her when his car breaks down and offers the orphanage tons of money to have her get the proper schooling in America. We all know how much better the schooling is in the States (eyes roll into the back of my head). She never laid eyes upon him when he was in France but just saw his silhouette so she calls her benefactor DaddyLL. She writes to him but he never answers until his romantic secretary, played by the wonderful Thelma Ritter, tells him to get his butt over to the school. He does just that and sees what a young, beautiful girl she is turning out to be. He takes her out on the town and literally sweeps her off her feet. The dancing is excellent and it has one of my favourite songs "Something's Gotta Give" in it. I do enjoy this movie even though she is a young thing-Fred Astaire felt the same way for his role in this film.
2. LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON-1957
"Hello Grandpa! My, you look sexy with all those wrinkles and pained look on your face but, no worries, I can fix your hot water bottle for ya." It seems Audrey Hepburn had many on screen romances with some of the oldest guys around from Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Fred Astaire to Gary Cooper. Only this beautiful elegant lady could pull it off. She plays the daughter of Maurice Chevalier who is a PI. One of his clients wants a man shot for playing footsies with his wife and the man playing footsies is Gary Cooper(known to have been quite the ladies' man). Audrey "saves" him and the romance is on. She knows how to drive him batty and forget his "amour" ways. Directed by Billy Wilder, it is clever even though you feel Cooper should be giving her a lollipop rather than his lollipop.
This is actually quite an excellent film and Peter O'Toole got another Oscar Nomination (although, once again, didn't win) for his portrayal of an aging one time big star. I saw this film only a year ago and I loved the relationship between him and his best friend's niece who is a bit of a wild child. You sense there might be more to their relationship but you also know he is a great teacher to her and a friend. A wonderful film.
It seems every old guy with money seems to be marrying very young girls who say their hearts belong to Daddy. I say, if that man was Ernie Schwartz from midtown Wisconsin on a basic pension, there is no way in little green acres Fifi Boobitart would give him a second glance. On the other hand, men look at this set up, notice this old coot getting his all from va va Voom and all men say "What's wrong with that?" I guess they are right....ughhh
What 3 films would you choose?