6 Film Joys at TCM FEST 2017

The TCM Film Festival 2017 is a wrap.  By the end of the weekend after seeing 15 films I admit to being a bit blurry eyed.  But what delightful films they were!  The following are my six favorites (all first time watches).

6. Postcards from the Edge

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Meryl is amazing.  So many touching lines.  So real.

5. David and Lisa

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Intense, troubling, and hopeful.

4. Rafter Romance

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Ginger is adorable as always and the script is clever and being pre-code, just a little naughty.

3. Bonnie and Clyde

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A nearly perfect picture.

2. The China Syndrome

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It’s a great film that can make you SO very angry as this one made me.

1. Harold and Maude

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A delight.

Life is absurd.

Live with abandon.

Cheers!

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Ginger’s Taste

As you probably already know I adore Ginger Rogers. Always have.  Always will.  On this blog I’ve shared a snapshot of her life story (A Taste of Ginger) as well as this clip of one of Ginger and Fred’s most creative dance numbers.  She was beautiful, charming, talented AND… had a very funky fashion sense.  Of course we’ve all had our moments- highly questionable outfits we’d rather forget.  Ugh and bleh.  Ginge definitely thought outside the box and wasn’t afraid take risks.  And so with the kindest regard and utmost respect here are a few of her illustrious fashion high points as well as a few delicious lows.

The Good

Such a cute sailor outfit.  (But oh, poor Lucy)

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Must be in the running for most adorable picture ever.

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So sexy

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I love this sweater.

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And THE iconic feather dress.

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The Bad

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Attack of the crabs?.

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Picnic anyone?

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And The Ugly

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Plus One Large Kerfuffle

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Believe it or not this dress raised a lot of eyebrows at the 1940 Academy Awards (Ginger won Best Actress for Kitty Foyle).  The lacy lingerie look was quite racy… not to mention the low neckline.  My, how far we’ve come.

And Just One More…

Yep.

Ginger Rogers Wearing Coin Cape Costume from the Film Gold Diggers of 1933.
Ginger Rogers Wearing Coin Cape Costume from the Film Gold Diggers of 1933.

Love You Ginge!

Elegant Ginger

Cheers!

 

 

Click here to read another blogger’s ode to the little known but delightful Vivacious Lady.

Click here to read about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers iconic collaborations.

A Taste of Ginger

I’d love to share with you a quick peek into the remarkable life of my favorite actress, Ginger Rogers.

[About Fred Astaire] “Sure he was great, but don’t forget Ginger Rogers did everything he did backwards…and in high heels!”

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Virginia Katherine McMath was born on July 16, 1911 in Independence, Missouri.

“My mother told me I was dancing before I was born. She could feel my toes tapping wildly inside her for months.”

She was nicknamed, “Ginger,” because her younger cousin Helen pronounced “Virginia” as “Ginja.”

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18 month old Ginger with her father

At age 14 Ginger entered the Texas State Charleston Championship and won.  Her prize was a four week vaudeville contract.  She was a hit and continued to tour around the country.

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Ginger was extremely close to her mother Lela.

“I don’t care what the critics say. My fabulous mom will give me a good review if nobody else does.”

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After success in vaudeville and on Broadway, Hollywood came calling.

Lela guided Ginger in many of her career and financial decisions.

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Here they are in The Major and the Minor in which Lela plays Ginger’s onscreen mother.

Believe it or not, Ginger was in 19 films before making those 10 incredible features with Fred.

Ginger and Fred revolutionized the Hollywood musical with their blend of sophistication, elegance, and excellence.  Their pictures were scored by the greatest popular composers of the day- Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin- Wow!

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At the top of their game in Swing time, a sublime musical comedy.

“You bring out a lot of your own thoughts and attitudes when acting. I think a great deal of it has to do with the inner you. You know, there’s nothing damnable about being a strong woman. The world needs strong women.”  Amen!

“It was tough being a woman in the theatrical business in those days.”

Ginger had to fight extremely hard for equal pay and quality roles.  She was often paid significantly less than the male character actors in her films.

Finally, recognition: a Best Actress Academy Award for Kitty Foyle in 1940!

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Shortly after Ginger bought a 1000-acre ranch on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon.

She loved the outdoors!

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From Ginger’s milk cows.

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My Favorite Films

1.The Major and The Minor

2.Bachelor Mother

3.Stage Door

4.Swing Time

5. Storm Warning

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Ginger’s husbands

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Lew Ayres and Jack Briggs

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Jacques Bergerac and William Marshall

In her later years Ginger again found success on Broadway.

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Promoting her autobiography- Ginger: My Story  (A fun read)

On April 25,1995, 83 year old Ginger Rogers died of congestive heart failure.  Fans worldwide mourned the loss of this multi-talented wonder woman.

“The most important thing in anyone’s life is to be giving something. The quality I can give is fun, joy and happiness. This is my gift.”

Ginger, I’ll never take for granted the happiness you’ve brought me.

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Thanks for the memories!

Click here for a wonderful tribute to the films of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.

Click here for a great post about Ginger’s hilarious The Major and the Minor.