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Another dreary day. Currently, it's 58˚F and cloudy. I slept too late again, after not getting to bed until just before 4 a.m., so this needs to be short, here on the day after the day after Christmas. We've begun the last dance for the year, 2015's sorry totentanz.

It's been almost a week since I left the house.

I've long regarded George Cukor's The Philadelphia Story (1940), as one of the best films of all time, but I had no idea that 1956's High Society was a remake...as a musical. A wretched remake. A wretched musical. I consider myself more cinema literate than most, but somehow this shameful wrinkle in the history of film had escaped my attention, until last night. I could only stand just so much of High Society (music by Cole Porter, a low point in his career) before I mercifully feel asleep. About ten minutes into the whole sad fiaco, I realized that the film I was watching was, indeed, The Philadelphia Story, only in color, with Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, instead of Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, and Gary Grant, set in Rhode Island, instead of Connecticut. I checked on Wikipedia, and...sure as shit.

Which is what I have for you today.

Aunt Beast


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Marc D. Goldfinger
Dec. 27th, 2015 05:07 pm (UTC)
Winter's Bone
That's the name of a movie Directed by Debra Granik, one of my favorite movies. She just finished a documentary on one of the guys who played a hard core biker in the movie--it's about his life and it's called Stray Dogs. I saw the Trailer and I'm going to buy Stray Dogs when it's possible; I already have Winter's Bone. Reminds me of when I was young living in the sticks in New Hampshire. Really triggers some crazy memories.

It's crazy rainy cool here in Belmont, MA today. That's it. Had Stollen for breakfast today too.
Dec. 27th, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Winter's Bone

Jennifer Lawrence was wonderful in Winter's Bone.
Marc D. Goldfinger
Dec. 27th, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Winter's Bone
Yeah, better than she was in the Hunger Games. My opinion.
Dec. 27th, 2015 06:03 pm (UTC)
I agree High Society is a terrible remake; one of those instances in which the original is better off left alone; I adore The Philadelphia Story, I like to inquire "Where's my wandering parakeet?" at odd moments and receive blank looks from people who just don't know they haven't seen one of the greatest comedies of all time.
Dec. 27th, 2015 07:10 pm (UTC)
1956's High Society was a remake...as a musical. A wretched remake.

I knew High Society was a remake of The Philadelphia Story which may be why I've never seen High Society, I thought anything that tried to remake Philadelphia Story would suffer from the comparison. I didn't realise it was that bad, though. I'm glad I've skipped it so far.

It seems like I've seen a few lousy musical remakes from the 50s of great 30s and 40s films, like Silk Stockings was a pretty unsatisfying remake of Ninotchka.
Dec. 27th, 2015 08:00 pm (UTC)

Hard to see how any of those actors could compare to Hepburn, Stewart and Grant. The Philadelphia Story is one of the best of its class, with only a few competitors (The Thin Man, My Man Godfrey, Bringing Up Baby, The Lady Eve come to mind). That type of movie requires novelty and spontaneity to be effective, neither of which are going to be present in a re-make. Ugh.
Dec. 27th, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
Small wonder it was Kelly's last film.
Kiki Lang
Dec. 28th, 2015 03:38 pm (UTC)
Marlo Thomas
I never understood the need to make remakes of great movies. It's so difficult to produce any work of art, that it seems to be half chance at best. Forgive me, but I love,"It's a Wonderful Life." I still cringe at Marlo Thomas remake of said movie. Why?
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