Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Movie lines I love: this time, from my favorite film

It's a wrap on the Movies Lines I Love series with this quote from my favorite movie. Where I don't plan on doing future extended series of movie quotes as I have for the past two weeks, I do plan on posting one from time to time because I have loved reliving these movies, the emotions they stir, and the personal memories they evoke, plus having you share your thoughts (and other movie quotes). I needed a break from "regular" blogging and this series, just as The Movies themselves are, have been a great escape for me......oh! The Great Escape was such an exciting movie and a possible future post topic.

Old Postcard Wednesday will resume next week. As I said, I needed a break from my regular blogging themes.

JACK:  I want you to come to New York with me... 
LOUISE: What as?
JACK: Huh? 
LOUISE: What as? -- your wife; colleague; concubine; partner? What as?
JACK: Well, it's almost Thanksgiving... you can come as a turkey, if you like.

-from REDS (1981)

1982: Oscar, Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Maureen Stapleton
          Oscar, Best Cinematography - Vittorio Storaro
          Oscar, Best Director - Warren Beatty



Anonymous said...

Ah Lydia - if this is your favourite line I see you have a wicked sense of humour. I have really enjoyed these posts.

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

ok - so i don't know this film at all, but that IS a great line

My favourite film is Brazil - but i think i'm more of a visual person perhaps as its the feel of the film (weird angles and camerawork, 1950's film-noir feel) that does it for me.

although the largely unseen Robert DeNiro as Harry Tuttle (revolutionary plumber) is great fun. Also the infamous dream sequences...

Not a film for everyone though

Another great moment is in The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - when the wounded Captain hears the bridge blown up and the expression on his face :)

secret, fragile skies said...

Reds, one of my all time favorites. Love all your movie posts. Thank you. I remember your love of Nabokov. That is why I read Speak, Memory - at your suggestion. Thanks for visiting.

Happy Thanksgiving!

La Belette Rouge said...

I LOVE that film. It is so incredibly beautiful and sad and powerful, I know I have said it before but I am adding this one to my Netflix list too.
Happy Thanksgiving to you!xoxo

Fireblossom said...

This is another one I have never seen, but it is going on my Netflix list immediately. If it is your favorite movie, and LBR loves it too, how can it not be wondeful?



kj said...

'what as'?

at first i thought i misread it or something was left out.

what a great question.

love love lydia
happy thanksgiving

Lydia said...

madamebutterfly~ Hah! It is not exactly my favorite line ever (will give that one some thought), but it is, in fact, one of my favorite lines from my favorite movie!

Pixies~ Hmmmmm. I have not seen Brazil. It sounds fascinating and is now on my list.
TGTBTU memories remain vivid for me too, but I still would like to see that one again.

secret, fragile skies~ I had forgotten that I'd expressed my love for that book in my comments at your blog. I am honored that you read the book based on my opinion. :) Also, I'm pleased you enjoyed the movie posts.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Belette Rouge~ Like minds, loved movies, etc. !
I promise to catch up on your new blog in the next day or so. In the meantime, I wish you a most Happy Thanksgiving! xo

Fireblossom~ Good! Let me know its effect on you later on, okay?
Happy Thanksgiving! xo

kj~ What as? is indeed a great question. I can hear Keaton's expression of it when I read the words.
Love and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! xo

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

can i just add - that shot of the girl reading the book sitting on the log on the beach...

that would make a fantastic painting

distracted by shiny objects said...

Happy Thanksgiving, girlie!! Much happiness and blessings to you and yours. xxxooo

YogaforCynics said...

Reds--what a great movie that is. I saw it when it first came out (at a not very opportune time--the beginning of the Reagan era, which may be why it didn't get the acclaim it deserved and isn't better known now) and recently saw it again DVD. Afterwards, was reading reviews on-line and saw that a lot of people complained that it started out great but then got kind of predictable and formulaic by the end--which I thought, actually, was perfect for the subject matter--the Russian Revolution beginning with such idealism and passion, and ending with the same old shit...

Judy Clem said...

I particularly like how much that picture from "Reds" looks like your profile pic.

sage said...

I loved Reds and right after watching it, I went out and read Robert Rosenstone's book, "Romantic Revolutionary: A Biography of John Reed"

Lydia said...

Pixies~ Agreed!

Distracted~ Aw, what a sweet and fun wish. I hope your Thanksgiving was special too. xoxoxo

YogaforCynics~ I saw it when first released also, and you describe the time (what a godawful time) so well. I hadn't read reviews mentioning those complaints about the end...
All that idealism and passion... yeah, it still gets me all stirred up.

Judy Clem~ Interesting, Judy! Which one?

sage~ Ahah! Definitely like minds! After seeing the film I bought the same book and also "Friend and Lover" - The life of Louise Bryant by Virginia Gardner. Isn't this great synchronicity? :)

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Very nice choice because you have a good taste my dear friend Lydia! Hugs

Lydia said...

Phivos~ Why thank you, Phivos. That is a compliment from one who has good taste!

Roxana said...

i must confess two things: first, how thrilled i am with these series, and please do come back to this idea from time to time, don't forget!
secondly, i am ashamed to admit it, but i don't know any of these films, at least Reds i must see, the quote you chose blew me over :-)

what about a series with favourite books quotes? how much we can learn about a person just by learning these few things about them, how fascinating this is. perhaps also because our passions cannot lie about ourselves, they reveal us as what we truly are.

sage said...

I didn't know there was a bio of Louise--another book to be added to the reading pile! Looking back, I was so idealistic in those days (I was fresh out of college and had worked on John Anderson's Presidential Campaign in 1980).

bfk said...

I still believe this to be one of the best films of all time. And such an appropriate posting for Thanksgiving.

Well done, Lydia.

Lydia said...

sage~ It is a good book so I hope you find it. John there is a name I haven't thought of in ages!

bfk~ Thank you. And I know that you like the poster, too. :)



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