Wednesday, July 21, 2010

MM@M: "only you, you're the only thing I'll see forever"

TV's greatest show has a love affair with the movies. So we have a love affair with TV's greatest show. This is Mad Men @ The Movies. Season 4 of the Emmy-winning series begins in 4 days.

Episode 2.7 "The Gold Violin"
It's a rare Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton, left) focused episode (yay!) in which art director Sal is about to get a painful closet crush. Their coworker Harry Crane has a bad case of nerves about a meeting with the eccentric boss. Sal's Ken crush kicks off early when Ken references a musical.
Harry Crane: He wants to see me and only me.
Ken Cosgrove: Isn't that from West Side Story?

West Side Story, my fav film, opened in fall 1961 and played forever becoming one of the biggest hits of all time (adjusted gross of $444 million) and winning 10 Oscars. The soundtrack spent over a year at #1 on the album charts and becoming the best selling record of the 1960s (in the U.S. at least) . It would have been number #1 still in the summer of 1962 when this particular episode takes place.

There's another song reference in this episode "Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)", a tune which has its own cinematic moment, albeit infinitely less iconic. Woody Allen resurrected the oldie for Everyone Says I Love You. Skip ahead to the 2:00 mark for the silliness.

Sage advice from the movies, yes?


Jude said...

Can you ever imagine a Broadway musical turned movie topping the charts for a year? Or a week? Maybe a day.. but musicals are so NOT en vogue anymore (which is stupid, because some of them are soo good like "Moulin Rouge!")

Alexis said...

i Love this favorite song has to be Maria! always gives me goosebumps...always!