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I love movies and photography! I'm absolutely no expert on the subject, but here are some things I thought were cool, funny, crazy, and just generally interesting :)
Happy New years everyone!!!
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and got everything they wanted for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa etc...etc...
Now that that's out of the way I can talk about an old film that I saw a few days ago titled "Anchors Aweigh"
Starring a well known Gene Kelly, a young up and comer Frank Sinatra, and the beautifully button nosed Kathryn Grayson.
Kat just had it on randomly one day and I was intrigued when I saw that it was Gene Kelly and a young Frank Sinatra. I already love old films so I thought why not sit down and and see what it's all about.
The story is simple. Two sailors go on leave for 4 days in Hollywood. They meet a beautiful woman and Sinatra instantly falls for her.
Kelly tries to be a good wing man for him, but fails as he starts to fall for her as well. Hilarity ensues when a lie causes a bunch of misunderstandings and the woman chooses Kelly. Which is actually okay because Sinatra ends up meeting a random woman who happens to be from the same town as Sinatra. The ending is happy and literally ends with them singing "Anchors Aweigh". :)
Yea the story is corny and the script is cheesy, but I thoroughly enjoyed the song and dance numbers. Gene Kelly (if you didn't already know) is a freaking master. There are scenes of him dancing for over 5 minutes straight without any cuts through large sets. Sinatra, who looks like a skinny little guy here, has such a full voice that it's almost startling to hear that from him. Then you have Kathryn Grayson (who I honestly never heard of) has a unique operatic voice which also is a surprise when you hear it coming from her. A lot of talent in this film.
And what a surprise when Jerry (from Tom and Jerry) appeared and had a dance number with Gene Kelly! Well actually, I had already seen it before, but I didn't know that it came from this film! (yes, Stewie Griffin did too)
I really enjoyed finding that out :)
But my absolute favorite part of the film was this scene. (warning: Piano playing scene that is about 5 minutes long)
I sure hope you watched that whole thing because it is amazing. Seriously, watch it. Not only was I impressed by the pianist (Jose Iturbi) but I remembered hearing the same song in Tom and Jerry and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Brought me back to my childhood :)
This film is gold. It stars 2 legends and a gorgeous love interest. Epic dance numbers and some surprisingly experimental cinematography. It was visually, musically, and emotionally fantastic!
I need to pick this up on blu-ray.