Thursday, March 22, 2012

Casablanca in theaters!!!

Turner Classic Movies released Casablanca to the big screen for a One Night Only.  And I just had to go. If you don't know already, Humphrey Bogart is my most favourite actor and I've seen 48 of his 80 films and own about half. At first the closest theater showing it was in Ohio and it was just too far for me to drive for a 2 hour movie.  But then they extended it to an additional 200 theaters and one was in Erie.  I was so excited!!  The date that TCM chose for this One Night Only engagement was the 60th anniversary of Humphrey Bogart winning his only Oscar for Best Actor and it was 70 years after Casablanca debuted in New York. 

I wore a new grey skirt, black sweater, grey wool felt hat, and pearl and diamond costume jewelry.  I loved my outfit.  I drove up to Erie to meet Briss at his work.  He was running behind on his work and I was worrie we would miss the beginning.  So we rushed over to the theater and as we were walking in a girl said, "you must be here for Casablanca with that costume."  I turned around and she was wearing a Casablanca shirt.  It made my night.  We get in the theater and find that it is completely packed!! The ages of most people were over 50 but there were a few of us young ones.  I even saw one man in a trench coat just like the one Humphrey Bogart wears in the end scene. Some very die hard fans.

TCM introduces Casablanca

Briss and I found seats near the middle and next to an elderly couple.  Briss remarked that the theater smelled like old people and I hate to admit it but it did smell like a nursing home.  As we sat down, Robert Osborne opened up the movie with an introduction to Casablanca.  Briss took out his phone to shut it off and the man next to us yelled, "can you turn that off please?!"  Briss was quite a bit mad as he turned to him and said, "thats exactly what I'm doing."  I'm fairly certain the man felt quite embarrassed when he realised Briss was in his blues not doing anything wrong because he wouldn't make eye contact with me after the film.

So after a glorious introduction by Robert Osborne the film began and the theater applauded when the title card came on.  The theater again clapped when Bogie was first shown.  But from there the theater was silent.  No one was munching on popcorn, no one was tapping their feet, each and every one of us there was there to enjoy the beauty and magic of Casablanca.  It was a wonderful thing to feel the energy of that theater.  After the film concluded there was a hearty round of applause.  It was amazing.  Seeing Humphrey Bogart as he was meant to be seen on a 30 foot screen so that when he looked at you, it was as if he was looking straight at me, made my heart flutter.  That is how movies are to be enjoyed. 

It was a great, amazing, magical, memorable night.  If you are interested in reading my post about Casablanca I wrote in 2010 go here: Casablanca Post

My Casablanca shirt I wore while doing my hair and make up

At the theater!

My Casablanca outfit

I'm fairly certain we were the best looking couple there

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

1st Day of Spring

March 20th was the 1st day of Spring and it's gorgeous here in PA this week.  Mid 70's and lots of sun.  I wanted to celebrate the 1st of Spring in a fun way and so I made it Marie-Antoinette day here at the house.

 It started out by us watching Marie Antoinette (1938) starring Norma Shearer and Tyrone Power.  Norma Shearer was married to Irving Thalberg who produced films for MGM.  She was quite literally, "sleeping with the boss", so she got several good parts in films even though she wasn't the best film actress.  But I felt she did an excellent job in this role.  This movie was only a film that could have been produced by MGM as it was lavish and over the top.  Just at Marie Antoinette was.  If ever it comes around on television I would recommend watching it simply for the stunning visual effects and costume designs.

After that, we gussied ourselves out in the best 1770's attire I had in our house.  This was how we ended up.

After her nap, our activity of the afternoon was making fans.  Kaellyn did pretty good about folding the paper but when it came to use them she ripped hers all up.  O well I had made a few extra for her to play with.  We also had to make a pink cake!

French tea, french candles and Marie Antoinette card. 

She said no more pictures!

I said, "no more!"

White tights and yellow shoes

Making the cake

Taking a picture of the apron and she's eating the dough

Playing with her fan

Copying me

Let them eat cake!!  Notice the Marie Antoinette card and DVD?

Eating cake

Fun costume jewelry

Close up of the heart shaped mole and costume earrings from the Thrift Store. 

And then after she was asleep I watched the 2006 version of Marie Antoinette starring Kirsten Dunst.  That movie is quite cute and I understand the directors vision of it even if it was historically inaccurate.  So, it was a great day to the 1st of Spring!!

St Patricks Day Part 3

On Sunday, we continued our St Patricks Day celebrations.  We got up, drank Irish coffee and had green pancakes.  Then I went to church while everybody stayed home and watched Luck of the Irish a cheesy Disney TV movie thats great for Kaellyn.  When I came home Kaellyn was napping and Donna and I had a relaxing afternoon reading on the patio.

Green pancakes!!

Claddagh ring comes out every St Patricks Day

After Kaellyn woke up Briss washed the cars and then we watched Riverdance. For dinner we had Reuben sandwiches and potatoes.  It was a great fun weekend with everybody.

He put her in the car as he washed them