Lucky 13 Film Club February Topic

What a great cast, script, and costumes. Bravo, Robert Altman
What a great cast, script, and costumes. Bravo, Robert Altman

The Revenant sparked up many discussions on January the 13th. I thank everyone who stopped by to take part. What you missed it? No worries, check out the day’s conversation and add to the https://cindybruchman.com/2016/01/13/the-lucky-13-film-club-the-revenant/. Thank you, Tom at digitalshortbread, for co-hosting.

Annette Bening gives a fine performance. I love the stories of W. Somerset Maugham.
Annette Bening gives a fine performance. I love the stories of W. Somerset Maugham.

For February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day, I’ve invited my pal (She visited AZ and we met and hiked in the Red Rocks.) and the most congenial movie buff in the blogosphere, Ruth at flixchatter, to co-host February’s topic.  Have you thought about the comedic style of British films set in the 1930s that star female protagonists? Let’s look at three examples: Being Julia, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, and Gosford Park. 

Frances McDormand and Amy Adams recreate the 1930s comedy.
Frances McDormand and Amy Adams recreate the 1930s comedy.
All you need do is revisit one or more of these British love stories. On the surface their plots are silly, but their themes are deep and Oscar Wilde’s influence abounds. They are visual feasts and fun to watch. I also like this period offering a glimpse of the two worlds of the rich and poor before WWII.
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Do you see a connection? Join us on February 13 and let’s talk about it. 

14 thoughts on “Lucky 13 Film Club February Topic

  1. Of these three, I have only seen ‘Gosford Park’, which I have always loved. That, and ‘Remains Of The Day’, are the definitive films about life in the ‘big houses’ before WW2. I will look forward to February’s selection with some anticipation indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Yes, “Remains of the Day” is awesome, but very serious. I was leaning for more lighthearted fare this month. “Gosford Park” has some dark comedy to it. Glad you will be joining us! Hope you get a chance to rent and watch “Being Julia” or “Miss Pettigrew”. I’m looking forward to revisiting them to see something new.

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      1. Maybe this would be more suitable. I don’t know if you know it, but it is based on the real story of a widow who bought a theatre, and put on ‘saucy’ shows. Great cast too.
        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0413015/
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Henderson
        Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. I have vaguely, vaguely heard of this and appreciate the history lesson! I will have to watch the film version of the story. Thank you, Pete!

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  2. Woo hoo!! I can’t wait to take part in this Cindy! I need to rewatch Gosford Park which thankfully is available on Amazon Prime. I love that these comedies star female protagonists 😉

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    1. Looking forward to your thoughts and contribution. Gosford Park is my favorite of the three.

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  3. I haven’t seen Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, but love, love Gosford Park (Agatha Christie meets Upstairs, Downstairs), and Being Julia (Bening was robbed of an Oscar!). Not sure if you’ve seen it, but I also adore Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), with Judi Dench.

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    1. Oh, I missed that one, Eric. I’m glad you are excited about the topic. I haven’t watched Being Julia since it was released. I’m looking forward to the revisit. I enjoyed Frances McDormand a lot in Miss Pettigrew. Hope you will return on Feb 13 with your thoughts!

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      1. This is a great excuse to watch all three films!

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  4. I will try and see all of them. I have seen them each only once, Cindy. Then, I will try and at least have an opinion. I found Being Julia a little supercilious. My favorite Annette Bening, “An American President” since she seemed so natural. I liked Michael Douglas so much in this one, too.
    “Miss Pettigrew. . .” was every bit as fun as the book! 🙂
    “Gosford Park” I saw with a chatty friend, which interrupted much of the dislogue.
    Thank you for valuing my thoughts, Cindy. 🙂

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    1. Me, too! I’m looking forward to the revisit with all of them with fresh eyes.

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