So, I am on vacation this week and we high-tailed it to My hubby's Aunt's Place who owns a home right on the Richelieu River which is near Montreal (she is South from This great city). I may not be visiting as much but we shall see. I hope to get back to card making sooner than later and maybe even some fun stories. Ya never know:) So this week is female ensemble movies and, at first, I was stumped but then my mind started to snap and crackle. I am staying away from Steel Magnolias, Sex and the City and the First Wives Club and will, once again, go old school. They may be older films but they are goodies. Head on over to the host, Wandering Through The Shelves, to see what the others have picked. Here are my 3....
1. THE WOMEN-1939
There isn't a man insight in this film but they are definitely the hot topic! The film starts by showing the women to their animal counterpart which made me laugh and grabbed me at the same time. A socialite woman finds out, via her "friends", that her husband is having an affair with a common shop gal who puts new meaning to the word bitch. You find out all the gossiping hijinks and how the husbands, never seen, carry on behind their wives. You meet the wives and some of the women they are carrying on with. In lesser hands this film would have been frightful but it is deftly directed by George Cukor whom all women adored. He brought out the best in their acting abilities and they were thankful for it. This film is still a heck of a lot better than the remake.
2. THREE CAME HOME-1950
This is a little known gem based on the memoirs of Agnes Newton Keith who lived with her husband and young son in North Borneo before the outbreak of World War 2. It shows how the family is separated once the Japanese have taken control of the place and the women are separated from their husbands and undergo brutal treatment. For a film made in 1950, it really conveys the brutality the women had to endure but it also showed how the one Japanese Commander, played brilliantly by Sessue Hawakawa, sympathized with their ordeal. We feel their anguish, horror and hope as they live day in and day out in the camps. If you like World War 2 movies like this, then you should see this film.
3. HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONIARE-1953
Let's talk froth....This is the film for it. It is fun and better than one realizes once you sit down and let your 2015 way of thinking got bye-bye. 3 friends (I always think of them like the precursor to Charlie's Angels) decide to land a very wealthy husband and make their mark to land the gullible idiots. Lauren Bacall is behind the scheme and is the most cynical of the three. Betty Grable, the World War 2 pin-up queen is all sass and Marilyn Monroe is all Ass...inine but fun. Actually, I feel Monroe steals the picture with her near sighted comedic approach and I am not a huge Monroe fan. Will the 3 gals get what they want? You just have to watch and see.
What films would you choose? In keeping with the animal spirit of the first film, which animal would describe you? I asked my hubby who said he would not even attempt to answer this because he would get in trouble. Of course, I prodded him and he quickly said A mouse! "Why am I a mouse?" He raised his hands in the air and said he knew he would be in trouble. I am laughing but I don't think I'm a mouse.....yup, he is in trouble.:)