Friday, December 21, 2007

20:07 (When Marie Met Louis)

Screenshots from the 20th minute and 7th second of a movie
I can't guarantee the same results at home. I use a VLC


Marie: please, please don’t. don’t be unhappy. I’m terribly sorry
Louis: You won’t say anything will you -- to the king or that woman?
Marie: I won’t say a word to anyone.
Louis: You promise?
Marie: I promise faithfully whatever happens.
These two were a lot more chatty and forthcoming in 1938 than they turned out to be in 2006. Times have changed.

10 comments:

Billy D said...

I saw this recently, and I was able to appreciate what made Shearer a star, besides her lovers, that is. I HATED the attitude of Coppola's Marie Antoinette, although it was very pretty to look at. I just could not stand the forced nonchalance, the explicit boohoo-ness. Really, she was the way she was because they took away her fucking pugs? Such a stupid explanatory scene. And the removal of her clothes in the tent and then that painfully unfunny dressing scene at Versailles? Could you be any more simplistic??? UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Sorry, I really hated that movie. But the 1938 version is great.

NATHANIEL R said...

i freaking love Norma Shearer... but shhhh, don't tell certain readers who want me to get out of my bubble and love only what everyone else loves!

if i thought i could get away with it I would hold a Shearer-Thon. But given that Montgomery Clift is MUCH more famous and that blog-a-thon was pretty quiet, i'm thinking i'd hear crickets ;)

JS said...

But where's the love for Irene Dunne who was almost The Turning Point to Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter's The Color Purple?

Wait, that's a bad analogy. Five lead nomination losses don't get wept over as much as six lead nomination losses? <--there!

Billy D said...

Is liking Norma Shearer really that avant-garde? Especially in this film, she gives a really touching performance. Why not make it a "The Women" blog-a-thon? There's bound to be a ton to talk about with that one (I'm sort of a Roz Russell freak myself). Plus, with the bound-to-be-dreadful remake perpetually on the verge of being released (is it actually done filming?) it would be a great opportunity to bitch.

Side note: I was at a dinner party last night, where I actually got into an argument with a friend because she tried to argue that Renee Zellwegger is a better actress than Nicole Kidman. I thought your head might explode.

Oh, and have you heard about Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Laura Linney next year yet? I'm kvelling.

Michael said...

I love, absolutely love Shearer in some roles, and absolutely hate her in others, so she's one of my favorite actresses to obsess over. She's utterly fascinating.

Anonymous said...

//if i thought i could get away with it I would hold a Shearer-Thon. But given that Montgomery Clift is MUCH more famous and that blog-a-thon was pretty quiet, i'm thinking i'd hear crickets ;)//

But I've noticed that posts that feature actresses usually get much more discussion here than those about male actors (with particular hotties or favorite excepted.) And with Clift, a lot of his filmography is not easily available for viewing (which should only encourage us to get off our duffs to do a little digging, right?)

But my point Nate is that there seem to be a much higher percentage of actressexuals amoungst your readers than actorsexuals, so a Shearer blog-a-thon just might fly. (Although Billy D's idea was pretty darn good too.)

RedSatinDoll

NATHANIEL R said...

hmmm, maybe billy D is on to something. i'll brainstorm. i'd want it to be more than just THE WOMEN in some way...

Nick Davis said...

Norma! (I'm crossing my eyes ever so subtly while saying this. I am also tossing back my chestnut waves and laughing spontaneously into the air, while wearing riding pants. As soon as I finish my vertical laughing, I probably place my hands on someone's two shoulders and smile at them. Especially if this person is my father. I know my Normaisms.)

Anonymous said...

Oh, how I love Norma, with her slightly crossed eyes and dazzling smile. I think my favorite Norma movie (tied with the Divorcee) is a silent, called The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg. Unfortunately, many of her movies are hard to find, so I'm constantly on the look out for her airing on TCM.

How my heart just skips a beat reminiscing of the actresses of yesteryear. . .

NATHANIEL R said...

Normaisms. i luv it