You wrote a very good story here, Richard Morgan. Good observations, very wry and witty. (It was a lot better than R. Juzwiak's.)
Can I just say one more thing? For me, The Greatest Show on Earth (Cecil B. DeMille, 1952) is the worst-ever Oscar winner. Have you seen it? Man, is it bad. Charlton Heston at his hammiest.
I am not particularly high minded, but I did not like Crash. Really, about the only thing I even remember about it now is thinking, there are only two policemen in all of LA? It's like Mayberry.
@Lockheed Ventura You mean when Joseph Smith was looking into his hat, reading his seer stones, that the magic underwear, er, excuse me, "temple garments," weren't a revelation from god? That he lifted the idea from someplace else? Huh. Whaddya know.
The Awl's kicker: Be Less Stupid.
@Choire Sicha@facebook I like that Mindy Kaling too! I don't get a smug vibe at all; she's just confident, so good for her. I didn't read her book either, but I have seen four pilots of the new TV season, two of which I found so irritating as to not even finish (Go On, Ben & Kate), one that I was just completely ambivalent about (The New Normal), and one that was head and shoulders above those and, I thought, had all kinds of charm (The Mindy Project).
Well, I'm about a year and a couple of months late in reading this. I do love these, Nicole, so when I'm looking for something fun to read, I think of this Classic Trash series as kind of a stash I have in reserve.
I have never read Fanny Hill. But when I was around 11, maybe 12, I saw a 1968 movie called The Impossible Years (I saw it at our small-town theater two, three years after its initial release, which was pretty much par for the course for that theater). It starred David Niven as the dad and Cristina Ferrare (later to be Mrs. John DeLorean for a while) as his wild teenage daughter. The movie poster says "The Battle of the Ages! The Undergraduates vs. The Over-Thirties!"
It was supposed to be kind of naughty, I guess. The daughter was always running around in a bikini, with boys on the side everywhere, while David Niven basically tore his hair and rent his garment (he must've been mortified by this script). When we saw it way back then, it made such an impression (you know, being 11 or 12) that we sat through it twice. I saw it on cable in the not too distant past, and it is actually not good at all! It's very much of its time, like it's meant to be very groovy and sexy, except I think even in 1968 people in real life probably didn't act like that.
But the wild, rebellious, sexually charged teenage daughter was reading Fanny Hill. Her parents found it in her room or something. I just remember there was more than one reference to the book, and it was made out to be very salacious.
So, naturally, I wanted desperately to read Fanny Hill. But this small town with the one little theater didn't have a library, and we didn't live in town anyway. So there was no way to get my hands on Fanny Hill.
I think it was after seeing The Impossible Years (seriously, if you ever see it on cable, you should skip it) that I looked up some info about Fanny Hill online. Thank you for pointing out that it's all over the web; I'll have to seek it out.
I realize that this was a long trip to the well and the bucket came back empty. There really isn't much of a point to this post, I now realize. I did enjoy this (as well as Rebecca, which I I just read a few days ago.
When I was growing up, it was before the movie was shown on TV all the time, but it was referenced in pop culture all the time: the Carol Burnett parody; on Here's Lucy they did a play of it with Lucy (who auditioned for the role of Scarlett in real life) as Scarlett and Flip Wilson as Prissy. I could not wait to read the book.
I was a high school freshman when I finally had access to it in the school's library (I grew up in Bumfuck), and I LOVED it, though I remember being surprised at the time that Scarlett was, I thought then, a bitch.
I have since read it several times and seen the movie more times than I can count. Speaking of the DVD commentary on (one of) the anniversary editions, there's a really wonderful extra with the lovely Olivia de Havilland sitting in what looks like a hotel room, just recounting memories from making the movie. The one part I remember off-hand is her describing how she had loved the beautiful hoop-skirted dress she was to wear at Tara for Scarlett's wedding to Charles, that she knew that after that scene, it was going to be pretty downhill, wardrobe-wise. But then the skirt was so full that along with Scarlett's gown, they couldn't film it correctly, so they took the hoops out so she could get in close to Scarlett. And she was so disappointed about the one beautiful gown she was to wear: "It just hung there, drooping."
To, finally, get to the point. I forget how many hours long experts have guessed the movie would've been if David Selznick had filmed every scene in the book, but obviously many. But every scene in the movie is in the book. (They filmed a scene created for the movie, where the characters have to go to court after the Shantytown raid in which Frank Kennedy was killed but didn't use it.)
I can understand leaving Wade and Ella out of the movie (People say that Mitchell didn't know how to write for children, so she just relegated them to the background, and Selznick thought if they were included, showing Scarlett as an inattentive, even bad, mother would make her unsympathetic.) But I always thought that the omission of Dilcey, Will and Archie from the movie gave Scarlett far too much credit for pulling the family through. After all, it was Dilcey who nursed Melanie's baby, who I suppose would have died otherwise. Those three characters were crucial in helping the O'Haras survive. When you see the movie, as much as I love it (and GWTW is my favorite movie as well as book), it's pretty hard to believe that a rich, spoiled, pampered plantation teenage girl would know how to plant and grow cotton.
Anyway, the comments here have been great fun to read. And MTLincoln, above, yours was the best!