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I saw this on Wednesday evening at the Cottage Road Cinema with ms_siobhan, planet_andy and big_daz. Classic film nights are a regular feature at the Cottage Road Cinema, and it's not just the film itself you get to see, but a Pathé news reel and some period adverts as well. It was ace! We saw news items about a new cable-car being opened in Wales, and another about Russian plans to import British cattle for breeding, the not-terribly-subtle subtext of both being effectively "Three cheers for good old Blighty, and down with everyone else!" Then we saw adverts for local fabric shops, record emporia and restaurants, all conveniently located in Caernarfon in the early 1960s. Finally - and best of all - we were wished a very Happy Christmas and a Gay 1964 - in tinsel. Whereupon I had no option but to punch the air in post-ironic joy.

Also, there was a film! I've seen isolated chunks of it before, as you do when channel-hopping, so knew I was in for a lavish technicolor Saint Judy-fest (as ms_siobhan quite rightly calls her) - and in that I was not disappointed! I was kind of assuming the film would turn out to have some kind of a plot when seen all in one go, but honestly the efforts in that direction were a bit half-hearted, really. It's more like a series of set-pieces, and quite a few turns of events never really get explained or followed up properly. Not that that matters, because the set-pieces are ace. I think I possibly liked Saint Judy beating up the insipid, generic boy next door best of all... though it was a bit more disappointing when she later agreed to marry him. :-( Also, there were some great lines - especially from the little kid, Tootie. Like, "I have to have two kinds of ice cream. I'm recuperating." So, really, who cares about the plot.

Finally, as the credits rolled, the Cottage Road Cinema put the last touch to the period-appropriate atmosphere by playing 'God Save the Queen', and projecting a youthful picture of Her Madge onto the screen. And because it was the kind of place where everyone was really getting into the Classic spirit of the thing and doing the same, big_daz and I stood up. It made for a perfect end to the evening - and I can't wait for the next one.

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Dec. 5th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Meet Me in St Louis for years.... I used to love it back at school. We did it as a play one year, so the boarding house rented the movie and it quickly became a favourite. Your post makes me want to go see it again.
Dec. 5th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
January 6th 8pm - High Society.

I especially enjoyed the Hot Dog advert and the vaselined lens close ups.

She was 22 when she made that film and her marriage to Vincente Minnelli lasted from 1945 to 1951.

If you haven't heard it already next time you come round I'll play you Saint Judy by Marc Almond, it's one of his finest songs.
Dec. 5th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Oh god - I can't believe I'd forgotten the Freudian Hot Dog advert! Madness. :-)

Am deffo up for High Society, and yes - would love to hear the Marc Almond song.
Dec. 7th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
Those sound like excellent film nights - I'm envious!
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