Monday, 5 September 2011

Back To Reality...

My holiday is over.


And tomorrow morning I'll get up and be like this.


Then I'll go back to school where Doris Day doesn't teach journalism, Katharine Hepburn doesn't teach PE and Maggie Smith doesn't teach Defence Against the Dark Arts.

And I'll see my friends and we'll all go...


And then some random irritating guy will sit next to me in my new maths seating plan and I'll be like,

"Young man... Remove yourself!"
{My GIF}

But what use does that do, because hey. That guy won't be Cary Grant (unfortunately).

Then I'll go home and be super hyped up despite back to school blues and after about five minutes I'll go to sleep.

{Scanned by me}

Doesn't sound too bad, does it?

(And yes. The Women and The Philadelphia Story are always relevant)

I am devastated to say, that today is my very last day of Freedom. Of holiday. Of unlimited film watching and blogging. Tomorrow, I'm going back to school to a very different type of atmosphere from last year. I won't be in any classes with the whole of my form that I've been with for around 2 years. I've chosen my GCSE courses and I'll be in lessons with other people who have chosen the same ones. So it will be good, I hope, but this means I can't blog the three times a week I have been this holiday, watch films whenever I want, run around the house belting out show-tunes to my ukulele (this is where my family go "Oh. What-a-shame." *Sarcasm intended*), swim, or run around the field with my dog before lunch. But I will be occupied, no mistake! Here is a compilation of my holiday as on this blog and the awesome world of Classic Film :-)

So here's what's happened this holiday Classic Movie wise.

{One thing you've probably guessed happened by now, I have become uncontrollably obsessed with The Philadelphia Story.}

The stars of this holiday's main movie watching have to be Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. As you have noticed I've posted a lot about them... This even led Caftan Woman to leave a comment referencing it as my, "adventures in Tracy/Hepburn land". Best comment ever. I've learned a whole lot more about them both, but particularly about Katharine Hepburn who my whole family now love. We discovered her documentary "All About Me" on the other disc of our copy of The Philadelphia Story and loved it. She just talks to you (well, the camera really) about her whole life and legacy and all that jazz. It was amazing (and, she was playing tennis, buying groceries, drying the laundry, buying ice cream and riding on a golf-cart thing on camera. And... SHE WAS 86 FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!)

{Scanned by me}

I managed to acquire some great Vintage/Classic Movie objects this summer. I went to a 1940s weekend event at a local disused airfield and it had loads of amazing stalls. There, I got a pair of navy blue high-waist-ed pleated trousers made from a 1940s pattern and a Modern Screen magazine from December 1936 which has includes articles about Norma Shearer, Errol Flynn, Robert Taylor, Claudette Colbert, Ginger Rogers, Frederick March and many others! The trousers are amazing and look totally like Katharine Hepburn ones, and the magazine is beyond all amazingness. I also found two amazing little Hollywood picture books chronicling the life of two of my very favourite stars in TKMaxx (TJMaxx in America) for only £3 each! One of Cary Grant and one of Katharine Hepburn. They have amazing photos in that I've never seen before! I've already scanned nearly all the first half of the Katharine Hepburn one and the Cary Grant one is amazing as well.

I was given a blog award by some of my favourite bloggers and got to share some extremely random facts about myself with you (sorry...), and that was quite fun. But I watched so many films! Here is the list of what I watched in (kind of...) chronological order.

{Links link back to my review of the film, if I've reviewed it!}
  1. Holiday (1938), new, I watched it and then showed it to my sister and we showed it to my whole family. So I actually watched it 3 times.
  2. Roman Holiday (1953), Re-watch.
  3. An Affair To Remember (1957), Re-watch.
  4. Sabrina (1954), Re-watch, but still one of my favourites :-)
  5. Pride and Prejudice (1940), Re-watch.
  6. Casablanca (1943), Re-watched for all it's amazingness.
  7. The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Re-watch. Not the best, but kind of addictive.
  8. The Talk of The Town (1942), Re-watch x2 because it is just too cool.
  9. Modern Times (1936), New. It was totally and utterly stupendous.
  10. Showboat (1951), New. Meh. Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel are completely amazing and so is Ava Gardener, but come on. The story isn't all that great and Gower Champion needs a bucket of water thrown over him, he looks like a plank of wood!
  11. Adam's Rib (1949) Re-watch.
  12. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) New. Great movie. Myrna Loy is the best :-D
  13. Pat and Mike (1952) New. Awesomesauce.
  14. Woman Of The Year (1942) New. Best new film of the holiday.
  15. My Man Godfrey (1936) New. "Godfrey loves me, he put me in the shower!!!" LOL!
  16. The Keeper Of The Flame (1943) New. Review to follow shortly...
  17. The Philadelphia Story (1940) Re-watch. Forever one of my very favourites. This film can do no wrong.
  18. All About Me (a 1993 documentary about and presented by Katharine Hepburn) New. Fantastic.
  19. Little Women (1933) Re-watch. Such a great film.
  20. Vertigo (1958) Re-watch. I hadn't seen this film in a while and I'd forgotten how fantastic it is.
And numerous other re-watches but it would be pointless to list them all.

I hope to keep posting just as before but I can't promise the same consistency :-S. Yay for the new school year!



Audrey said...

Sounds like a wonderful summer of film-viewing!

Audrey said...

Sounds like a wonderful summer of film-viewing!

Rianna said...

I went back to school this week and it's never any fun :( Good luck!! :)

Caftan Woman said...

I just loved those clips demonstrating your return to the grind!

I must share this experience at the local laundromat. The lady who runs the place is from Korea and while we communicate fairly well, her husband who sometimes comes in to do repairs and such, apparently doesn't speak English at all. Whenever I'm there, the boss turns the television set to TCM. One day while I folded underwear and watched "Pat and Mike", Mr. Boss stopped by my table, smiled, pointed to the TV and said "Katharine Hepburn". I repeated the name with awe and we smiled at each other. The international language is not music, it is the Great Kate!

Wendy P. said...

Dear Bette, I *love* your blog. I'd like to send you a complimentary e-book of a new novel, the back-story of Vertigo. Feel free to e-mail me: wendy(at)thetestamentofjudithbarton(dot)com

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