I hate this heat! We have had over a week of very hot, very humid weather even mentioning over 40 C! I hate it!! Ok, I am done bitching, now, I love travelling and I feel so good when I can travel and can’t wait to go back to Europe. It won’t happen any time soon, not just because of COVID19 but a little thing called money...but it will happen. This week, Wandering Through The Shelves chose globetrotting and there are so many good films to choose from but I decided to stay in Europe and I wanted to choose films that did not stay in just one country so here are my 3...
1. IF IT’S TUESDAY, THIS MUST BE BELGIUM-1969
This is a favourite film of mine even though it is not a great film but I love it because you can take all the places these people go to and look at and nothing, I mean, nothing has changed. Any tour one takes today, they still visit The Tower of London, a cheese factory, a trip down the Rhine, see a Venetian glass blowing factory all within a little over a week. The wondrous tourists can then claim they have seen Europe...hahahaaa. I will never take a trip like that on a bus in Europe because you don’t see much at all. In this film you have the tour director, played by Ian McShane , who has girlfriends in every port, but has taken a liking to Suzanne Pleshette, a very nice tourist. On the same bus, you have a husband and wife taking their dumb ass daughter to see the sites when all she wants to do is go home...idiot, a World War 2 vet, a nice older lady, a creepy guy who is a kleptomaniac and Norman Fell and even Donovon of "Mellow, Yellow" fame. All is well and good until Ian realizes he has fallen for husky voiced Suzanne.
2. FOR YOUR EYES ONLY-1981
What would James Bond be if all he did was stay in London? This is one of the best James Bond films starring Roger Moore in the leading role, who has to retrieve some scientific thingy under the Mediterranean Sea before the Commies get it. Of course there is a girl but this time, the girl has some brains and is deadly with a crossbow. She is seeking revenge for the murder of her parents but she just screwed things up for Jimmy. Poor Bobo must travel to Northern Italy to meet the nasty a hole who would sell his mother for more..er...money. Anyway, the mean guy happens to be rich (what else) and the benefactor of a future Olympian figure skater who is very young but has to hots for Bobo. Now, Jim Bob realizes she is just a bit too young for his purple headed warrior and will not entertain this gal’s fantasies, but this does not mean he will not stop seeing her since he is after her benefactor. Ok, not in that way, but to kill him, kind of way. With a Greek man, and his minions, who hates the mean guy’s guts, in tow, they go to Greece, specifically Metorea. This place is a very unique set of cliffs with monasteries set on top of each craggy edifice. It is something to see for sure and is on my bucket list. This is a fun film that brings Bond back to being more mortal.
3. EUROPEAN VACATION-1985
If you can’t stand Chevy Chase then don’t bother but gosh, golly gee how I love this movie and laughed so hard when I first saw it in the theatre. The Griswald win a trip to Europe after winning it by being on Pig in a Poke, a thinly veiled game show that looks like Family Feud, Let’s Make a Deal and Jeopardy all rolled up into one. John Astin plays a brilliant part as the lecherous host of this show making the moves on their daughter( anyone remember Richard Dawson??). They end up in Britain first where the quaint place they stay in is truly a dump and the kids have only 3 stations to watch which all show cheese. They end up meeting Eric Idle by, literally, running into him but he is very polite about it. They end up in Germany, with my favourite moment being when Clark ends up pissing off the men in a folk dance and they must leave quickly before they are pitchforked..I laughed so hard at that scene because they got this spot on. The Ugly American( sorry guys) is truly captured when they are in France and in Rome dressed to the hilt as tourists thinking they fit in. when they finally are in Rome, all hell breaks loose and it is quite funny. It is not rocket science, it is dumb and I love it. Oh, When I last watched it I recognized the German town they were in...It is actually in Northern Italy called Brixen and I have visited this beautiful town more than once because I have relatives there.
I could have chosen so many more films but these are my 3...so which 3 would you choose?