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by Sam Juliano

     The new weekly post entitled “Movie Quote of the Week” will involve either a short movie line, a speech or a monolgue from any kind of film.  Allan and Joel will be joining me in choosing the upcoming entries, but I have started the ball rolling today with the initial submission.  It is hoped that the choice will instigate discussion on the film it appears in, the character or actors who uttered it, or even a larger discourse on the film genre in general.  If successful, the talk can go in any direction.  Today’s opening salvo is this:

You know, not many people knew it, but the Führer was a terrific dancer. (now shouting with rage) That is because you were taken in by that verdammte Allied propaganda! Such filthy lies! They told lies! But nobody ever said a bad word about Winston Churchill, did they? No! “Win with Winnie!” Churchill! With his cigars, with his brandy. And his ROTTEN painting! Rotten! Hitler, THERE was a painter! He could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon! TWO COATS! Churchill. He couldn’t even say “Nazi”. He would say “Nooooozeeehz, Nooooozeeehz!” It wasn’t NOSES, it was NAZIS! Churchill! Let me tell you THIS! And you’re hearing this straight from the horse – Hitler was better looking than Churchill. He was a better dresser than Churchill. He had more hair! He told funnier jokes! And he could dance the PANTS off of Churchill!

-Franz Liebkind, (Kenneth Mars), The Producers (1968)

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by Sam Juliano

                       “What you’ve got to realize is that the clever cook puts unlikely things together, like duck and orange, like pineapple and ham.  “It’s called artistry.”  You know, I am an artist the way I combine my business and my pleasure; Money’s my business, eating’s my pleasure and Georgie’s my pleasure, too, though in a more private kind of way than stuffing the mouth and feeding the sewers.  Though the pleasures are related because the naughty bits and the dirty bits are so close together that it just goes to show how eating and sex are related.  Georgie’s naughty bits are nicely related, aren’t they, Georgie?”  – Albert Spica (Michael Gambon)

     When Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief His Wife and her Lover opened in the U.S. in the spring of 1989, it fell subject to the MPAA’s then-new “NC-17” rating, which insured the avant-garde director the biggest audiences of his career.  In any case, this corrosive allegory, which contains scenes of intense and shocking brutality and humiliation, and even some cannibalism, is both Greenaway’s most famous and most infamous film.  It’s also the only one of his auspicious catalogue that rates the ‘masterpiece’ label.  As the film comes the closest of all his works to conform to a narrative structure, it’s easy to understand the film’s relative mainstream popularity, yet it’s an inordinately disturbing and revolting film that has no doubt offended as many as it’s enraptured. (more…)

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Blue Velvet (no 16)

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(USA 1986 120m) DVD1/2

Welcome to Lumberton

p  Richard Roth, Fred Caruso  d/w  David Lynch  ph  Frederick Elmes  ed  Duwayne Dunham  m  Angelo Badalamenti  title song m/ly  Bernie Wayne  art  Patricia Norris 

Kyle McLachlan (Jeffrey Beaumont), Isabella Rossellini (Dorothy Vallens), Dennis Hopper (Frank Booth), Laura Dern (Sandy Williams), Dean Stockwell (Ben), Hope Lange (Mrs Williams), Priscilla Pointer (Mrs Beaumont), George Dickerson (Det.Williams), Frances Bay (Aunt Barbara), Jack Harvey (Mr Beaumont), Brad Dourif,

A seventeen year old still at school turns detective at night when investigating a hidden menace in his community.  It sounds rather like recent cult TV hit Veronica Mars.  And before you dispel thoughts of the uncommonly sassy Kristen Bell and her short skirts, just take yourself back fifty years – in setting at least – and see the common link.  After Blue Velvet came Lynch’s Twin Peaks.  And what did Twin Peaks and Veronica Mars have in common?  Both were based around the investigation into the murder of a sexually overactive schoolgirl in a local community.  The link may be tenuous, but it’s undoubtedly there. 

            In the fictional Midwestern town of Lumberton in the fifties, Jeffrey Beaumont is in his last year at high school when his father is admitted into hospital.  On his way back from visiting him, crossing through a meadow shortcut to his home, he comes across an ant-infested severed human ear.  Taking it to a detective friend of his father’s, he is told to stay out of it, but unable to resist he enlists the help of the detective’s smitten daughter, Sandy, to help him look into it.  In doing so, he centres his investigations on the apartment of a dark haired nightclub singer with a dark secret. (more…)

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