?

Log in

No account? Create an account
most recent entries friends, acquaintances & a few strangers organized reminiscence all about Machu Picchu Fruitcake is dead Previous Previous Next Next
The Literary Exhibitionist
machupicchu
machupicchu
gone with the details
.
.
Breakfast nap kin: Poppy the squirrel monkey enjoys some grub at the Oakland Zoo as baby Minikey catches a few winks. Minikey was born Oct. 30.


-- CCCLXXIX --


Watching Gone with the Wind took up about 98% of my time spent at home last night before going to bed.

I stopped at the Subway on Pike on my way home so I wouldn't have to waste time cooking dinner; Barbara, who met me about three blocks away from my apartment building, brought some food from her place to heat up in my microwave. I had the movie started within five minutes of us getting inside.

Shobhit was already gone to his acting class.

Watching the movie, after having just finished the book, was a far different experience than I recall it being the first time I saw it. Probably 90% of that movie is identical to the book, after about 2/3 of the detail in the book was cut in order to make a manageable movie. As a result, the movie felt like it was going really fast, even though it lasted four hours.

The one thing I liked far more about the movie than the book was its comparative lack of racism. Indeed, the black people portrayed in the movie are very stereotypical, but the book went far beyond that in ways the movie never did. Not only that, but all of the Confederate propaganda in the book was limited pretty much to one or two very brief and nearly vague references to such things as "a civilization lost" and the carpetbaggers of the post-Civil War South. And when Scarlett's second husband gets in trouble with his "political meeting" there is no mention whatsoever of the Ku Klux Klan, for which I am very grateful. There was also a lot of small references through a quick comment or a carefully placed prop that only someone familiar with the book would quite know the significance of, or at least the background behind it.

As for the movie's strengths, especially when compared with the book, I think it was impeccably cast -- Vivien Leigh as Scarlett, Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, Oliva de Havilland as Melanie, and Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes all rendered their parts perfectly. I remember thinking when I watched the movie last year how unsubtle and relentless it was with one tragedy after another happening to Scarlett, but having just read the book and with all that stuff still fresh in my mind, none of those things came as a shock this time. Not only that, but Scarlett has three children in the book and only one in the movie.

One thing that really bugged me was the shadows. There was more than one scene in which shadows were carefully cast on a wall behind two characters, and the shadows quite obviously did not belong to the characters in question, as the movements were not quite in sync. I didn't really get why they would do that, and it totally took me out of the realm of suspension of disbelief. (This is one of the shots in question.)

Aside from that, however, there are some incredibly impressive shots in the film, particularly considering it was made in 1939. There's one crane shot of Scarlett walking through a huge sea of wounded solders on and near the railroad tracks, and another shot of her escaping Atlanta while it burned to the ground. Very well executed.

Just as I mentioned last time, though, still the shot that burns itself into my memory more than any other is when Scarlett comes to Ashley's birthday party and expects Melly to reject her. She stands there in that exquisite red dress with an even more exquisite expression of defiance on her face. I just love that shot of her face.

The supplemental material on the DVD set includes more than one documentary, including one two-hour program all about the making of the film that I am eager to watch. I am also very interested in watching the film with the film historian commentary.

-- CCCLXXIX --


Food chain: Hunger gets the better part of discretion in Great Falls, Mont. Fortunately for Mr. Squirrel, the kitty was all stalk and no action.


-- CCCLXXIX --


Barbara left not five minutes after the movie ended, and I was asleep within ten minutes after that -- sometime around 10:15. I don't know why, but I totally just turned into a pumpkin and was too tired to stay up and do anything, which would have been nothing consequential anyway. As a result I had a very full, restful night's sleep.

I sure have seen little of Shobhit this week, though. I technically spent the evening with him on Monday, although most of that was shared with Sachin; Tuesday and last night both he was at class, and on Wednesday night he went out gambling with Faith. Tonight I'm seeing a movie and a show with Barbara while he sees a play with Faith, so I won't see much of him today either. Hopefully I'll get to see a lot more of him over the weekend.

I found out he's taken the car in to get fixed, though, and for that I am much relieved.

There's just not much else I can think of to tell you, though, as all I did last night was watch Gone with the Wind and eat Subway and popcorn. I am now about 30 pages into The Wind Done Gone, which I am very much enjoying although I must admit it's not nearly as interesting as Gone with the Wind was from the get-go. It's more than interesting enough, however, to keep me reading. And it's a short enough book, hopefully it will leave me enough time to read Tom Robbins's book Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates before it's overdue. I think I've checked that one out twice before and had to take it back before getting a chance to read it both times.

There are more leftovers in the kitchen from Tuesday's Thanksgiving feast today. All the stuff that's left is crap, though. I had the second half of the macaroni and cheese I made yesterday.

This week I've had about seven mini cupcakes and three milkshakes. However, I will be walking home from work tonight, and finally that will mean I've walked home all five days of the work week.

Oh, and how can I forget this? Oh! I love maps! Now we see the extent to which the Culture War in this country is rural vs. urban. Thank the gods I live in a blue area! (Blue being counties that voted for Kerry.) I was actually surprised to see the number of blue counties in Texas -- and what's with that weird blue swath stretching through central Alabama and into both Mississippi and Georgia?

I love the choice of blue for Democrat and red for Republican, though. It makes the more liberal areas look like oases in the desert -- which, if you think about it, they are.

-- CCCLXXIX --


Intruder alert: A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces helicopter hovers over Japanese waters near Okinawa after an unidentified submarine was spotted.

.
.

Current Mood: awake awake

2 transmissions complete or positive energy please
Comments
stillnotdead From: stillnotdead Date: November 12th, 2004 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
i love the picture of the monkeys! the grub looks like cigarette hanging out of its mouth.

btw, it's the ku klux klan (hence, kkk).
machupicchu From: machupicchu Date: November 12th, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
.
.
Fixed it.

I don't know what the hell I was thinking.
.
.
2 transmissions complete or positive energy please