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Meet Me In Saint Louis (1944, Vincente Minelli)

Copeland posted a cover of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ on their myspace. The original was sung by Judy Garland in Meet Me In Saint Louis (1944, Vincente Minelli). I couldn’t care less about the band, but I love the film.

Coming out in the middle of WWII, Meet Me In Saint Louis looks back with nostalgia at the pre-war era, where values were still intact and the family united. Set in 1903, one year before Saint Louis’ World Fair, the film depicts an idealised world of domestic bliss (greatly enhanced by technicolor) that is threatened when Mr Alonzo Smith, the head of the family, organises a move to New York City in order to climb up the social ladder. There is not much more to the film’s plot; a love story with the next-door neighbour, ketchup making and other little details of the family’s daily life. Surprisingly, this is enough. Minelli did a great job. Every scene is wonderfully filmed, Judy Garland has never looked better, it’s funny and the musical numbers are not superfluous at all. It might be too mushy for some, but I think it’s great. I will definitely be watching it again this Christmas.

Judy Garland singing ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ in the film:

Judy Garland – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas mp3 (will expire in a week)


Across the Hair

The other night I finally got round watching Hair (Milos Forman, 1979). A musical about a young boy from Oklahoma who goes to NYC in order to join the Army and go to Vietman and befriends some hippies who, of course, widen his mind. Within less than 10 minutes of watching the film I started thinking that Across the Universe (Julie Taymor, 2007) was simply a remake of Hair but with Beatles songs. Change the Oklahoma boy for an English guy called Jude and a few other minor plot details and that’s it. It’s practically the same film.

My reaction to both of them was pretty similar. I enjoyed them, but at the same time found them, especially Across the Universe, a bit pretentious and annoying. Maybe I just hate hippies. What I hated the most about Across the Universe were things like this:

It’s like a the tacky 1st Communion photo your mother has on the living room’s wall. So deep.

And, in a regression to my 14 year old self, what I liked the most was this:

I think Jim Sturgess is cute

IMDB just told me that Julie Taymor is currently filming an adaptation of The Tempest where Prospero will be Prospera. That could be interesting! I just hope he doesn’t ruin it, although I’m not sure Shakespeare is susceptible of being ruined. Imagine Prospera looking into the horizon and the sea blending with her face. Now, that would be deep.



Some amazing outdoors shots from ‘Oklahoma!’ that, ironically enough, weren’t filmed in Oklahoma, but in Arizona.

I thought this film dragged a bit. 135 minutes was definitely too long.


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