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2010:  A Difficult Assignment
2011:  March Memeness
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2013: The Height of Rudeness
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25 March 2022

TMC is doing its annual Oscars Weeks, where they show movies that have won oscars.  It's a great period of time because all the best movies are shown 24/7 for a couple of weeks before the Oscars come on.

Last night I watched Lili, the 1953 movie with Leslie Caron.  The movie won its award for best music (the lovely "Hi Lili, Hi Lo" is played throughout the movie).  I had forgotten how much I liked that movie.

Young Lili's father dies and she comes to a big city (we don't know what city) because her father told her that if anything ever happens to him, she should go to see his best friend, who owns a bake shop and who will take care of her and give her a job.  But she arrives and learns the friend died the month before, so she is left stranded with no money, no friends, not place to live, no food.  She is befriended by the Marvelous Max, a magician who works at the local carnival.  He's a womanizer, but she's only 16, so he finds her a job in the carnival and she ends up working with puppets.

The puppeteer is a bitter man, a former dancer who was wounded in the war and is lame. Lili continues to fantasize about the magician, who turns out to be married, while the puppeteer falls in love with her, but won't say anything pleasant to her except through the puppets.  Lots of things happen, she gets angry with the puppeteer and leaves the carnival, only to realize, during a lovely dance, that she is really in love with him.  The movie ends with her running back to the carnival and into his arms, and presumably they live happily ever after.

It doesn't really do well to think about people's "happily ever after" or the message hidden away in some of our most popular movies.  One movie in particular, is one of my favorite movies, The Music Man.

Harold Hill is a shyster who has stolen money from families all over the country.  He decides to try Iowa, hearing that people in Iowa would never fall for his spin and he takes that as a challenge.  But the people believe him, and he sets his sights on Marian, the librarian, the only person in town suspicious of his promises.  Eventually he realizes that he actually loves Marian and after clearing up problems with the families, he and Marian lead more than 76 trombones down the street, ready to spend their happily ever after together.

But what will Harold Hill do?  He only knows how to swindle, he's "taken it away from every woman" he has ever met.  How will he settle down to be a regular husband in a small town in Iowa?

Then there is Oklahoma, the Rodgers and Hammerstein show that changed Broadway and was made into a wonderful movie.

Laurey and Curly are the sweethearts, who spend the first half of the movie flirting with each other.

Another character is Jud Fry, employed by Laurey's grandmother.  He's a dark personality and nobody likes him.  His only problem is that he has a crush on Laurey.  He and Curly get into a fight and Curly ends up killing him.

What to do about Curly, whom everybody loves and who is about to marry Laurey.

The town agrees that nobody liked Jud anyway and he probably would have done terrible things and it was probably a good thing that Curly killed him, so the judge decides to let him go without a trial so Laurey and Curly can have a wonderful wedding and there can be a wonderful finale.

When I was reviewing shows, the show I had the hardest time reviewing  was Grease.  Everybody loves it, but what is the message?  Danny and Sandy become boyfriend and girlfriend during the summer. Sandy ends up moving to Danny's school and assumes that they will continue their relationship.  Only with his buddies, Danny is a greaser and can't admit that he likes  the clean cut Sandy. 

So over the course of the movie, what happens?  Sandy becomes a greaser.  Wears tight clothes, takes up smoking and becomes more sexually forward with Danny, who now can admit he likes her.

Is this kind of message we want our children to see?  Great music, terrible message.

Are we really OK with South Pacific's Bloody Mary pimping her young daughter to every sailor that comes along hoping one of them willl marry her?

With her built-in prejudices, will Nellie really be able to forgive Emile for fathering two children with a native, without marriage?  Or will that come up whenever she is angry with him?

It doesn't do any good to think deeply about movies that you like.  Somewhere, for the drama to work, there are terrible messages that show up.  And not everybody lives happily ever after.

But Lili is a great movie!


It started with Shakespeare.
Two teenagers fall in love instantly,
so much in love they are willing to commit suicide
the next day.



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