- The Sound Of Music
- Thoroughly Modern Millie (One of my all-time favourite movie-musicals!)
- Star! (Contrary to comments previously)
- Mary Poppins
- The Princess Diaries, 1 and 2 (Cheesy but I love them!)
I Remember mama
Cast: (Directed by George Stevens)
- Irene Dunne as Marta 'Mama' Hanson
- Barbara Bel Geddes as Katrin Hanson
- Oskar Homolka as Uncle Chris Halvorsen
- Philip Dorn as Lars 'Papa' Hanson
Katrin Hanson is writing a book about her childhood memories about her life in 1910 as part of a family of Norwegians in San Francisco, and she tells us how she remembers everything very vividly, but most of all, she "remembers Mama."
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It is now 1910 and the Hanson family are gathering for their weekly budget count. Marta (Mama) puts a pile of large silver coins on one side for the landlord, then some for the grocer and so on. At the end Papa looks up at her and says, "Mama, is all?" To which she replies "Is good! We do not have to go to the bank."
This was a regular routine for the Hanson family. If there was not enough money they would go to the little 'bank' in a tin in the other room and select the needed amount. If there was any in there. The Hanson family were happeir than most. They are contented with what they have and if Mama is ever asked if she moved to America to get rich she simply replies "I came here because all of the family had already moved here. Family is where Mama fits best. Right in the heart of things." One day, Aunt Trina comes to tell Marta that she wants to get married, but doesn't have the guts to tell the other aunts or Uncle Chris. Marta ends up telling the aunts, but leaves telling Uncle Chris to Trina's fiance.
Katrin is boasting about getting a large dresser set for her graduation present, but she learns that she is to be given her mothers precious old family heirloom broach, and reacts in a very ungrateful and spoilt way. Mama wears the broach every day, but has traded it with the shop owner for the dresser set. Katrin is acting so smug that just before she goes to her school play (in which she is playing Portia in The Merchant of Venice) her sister Christina tells her that Mama traded her broach for the dresser set. Ashamed of her selfish behavior, and mortified by what she has made her mother do, she acts badly in the play and afterwards runs straight to the shop to get the broach back.
I won't tell you any more, for fear of spoiling the end for you :)
I remember the first time I watched this I was so moved by the way the family operated and made the most out of everything. I sat on my mum's lap and cried for ages completing the scene with a dramatic, "I will never be wasteful again Mum!!!" I think it's great when a film can make you feel that strongly about something. Funnily enough, this and Random Harvest are the films I cry the most at. It is unbelievably hard to choose a best performance, but Irene Dunne is amazing in her role and I just love her adorable Norwegian accent. But I also adore Oskar Homolka as Uncle Chris as well, he is pure genius. The direction is very unique - it really works well with the old fashioned structure of the film. One of my favourites, yet again!
I had the strangest dream the other day. It was all so weird. There was Greer Garson, and then for some reason completely unknown to me, Joan Crawford was her mother. (?) I was either Greer's daughter or watching the whole thing like god (so cool). Anyway. Greer Garson, Joan Crawford and me were all in this big hall and Greer and Joan were having a huge argument, and then, out of nowhere, the floor separated and the whole room turned into a giant swimming pool like in It's A Wonderful Life.