Friday, May 28, 2010

Cinema Betty

Waiting For Deborah presented a bit of a challenge. I know our Bettys will forgive me for making them travel down a tangent with the pick of:

The Man From Snowy River (1982)

"But wait, Betty Keira. What do wild brumbies, rustled cattle and the Australian Outback have to do with the quiet, little novel at hand?" Kirk Douglas, that's what.
The elder statesman of the Douglas dynasty suffered a stroke in 1996 that effected his speech. He, like a certain Old Mrs. Vernon we know, was not content to lay on his back for the rest of his life. He underwent a second bar mitzvah, continued to act and is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) celebrity bloggers.
I also chose this movie because, in the end, the hero rides into the sunset and leaves the girl to no doubt take a three-month correspondence course in shorthand/typing...but he'll be back soon.

An Old-Fashioned Girl has a pretty hairy episode where Patience is snowed in with inadequate resources but Alive is R-rated and I haven't seen it (Also, it is about eating people which tends to suck the romance right out of a situation) so I chose:

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

I know it's a stretch. It helps if you think of rural Norfolk as the ice-planet Hoth, the rambling house as the soon-to-be-surrendered rebel base, Julius as Han Solo, Patience as Luke, and Miss Murch as the frozen Tauntaun that gets sacrificed to keep the characters alive.