Wandering through the Shelves chose this seven deadly sin for the last- Pride and I found this tough. I am writing this late and still need to watch the rest of that horrid Star Wars Christmas special(chosen by Ted at Just A Cineast for last week's theme) because it is soooooo bad it is hilarious. I totally forgot about all the guest stars. Anyway here are my 3 for Pride gone too far...
1. CITIZEN KANE-1941
This is the granddaddy of all films even if it is not one of my favourites and talk about Pride! Good ole Charlie dies and now the news is trying to figure out what Rosebud means. The reporter visits all the people who knew him and you start to form a picture of a man who started out with nothing but by his own feeling of his self grandeur, he starts a newspaper business and grows from there losing his soul in the process. Orson Welles plays the title role and pissed off William Randolph Hearst in the process to the point where Hearst and Louis B. Mayer tried to buy the negatives from RKO Studios to burn it. Thankfully RKO refused. This is a brilliant film with some stunning cinematography by the great Gregg Toland.
I had to read what Pride means and we all have pride, in our job, the way we dress, the way we create something but too much pride can convert people into believing they are the best thing on earth (orange man anyone). Too much pride makes people become narcissistic and I am actually shocked by how many narcissistic people are out there. Many people are or have been married to these types who believe they are just the bees knees in every aspect and will start to gaslight people because they love to manipulate. In fact the term gaslight comes from the book where this film is based on. Ingrid Bergman plays a beautiful woman married to the great lover, Charles Boyer, and they move into her Aunt’s mansion. Soon, the poor lass is noticing strange things happening but her husband tells her she must be unwell slowly convincing her that she is a nutcase. Little does she know he is looking for something...but what?? Ingrid won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal and she does this character brilliantly as does Boyer.
3. A FISH CALLED WANDA-1988
This is a very funny comedy starring Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin with Kline winning the Best Supporting Oscar as Otto a very stupid thief who feels he can do no wrong. Lee, Kline and Palin plus Tom Georgeson are jewel thieves who pull off a heist. Lee and Kline are in cahoots to rip off the other 2 while also playing footsies. Georgeson is arrested but not before hiding the goods. Lee wants to secretly two time everyone and nab it all for herself but suddenly realizes the barrister she was trying to seduce she actually falls in love with. This is so funny especially Palin as the animal loving stutterer who really hates Otto who thinks he is God’s gift to everyone but is as dumb as a door knob.
Which 3 would you choose?