Firstly, I know I didn’t post about the Tony’s. I meant to, I took notes and everything, but I had a job interview the morning after the show and then, I kind of didn’t want to…and the biggest plus of a blog I do for fun is that…I don’t have to. Anyway…I got the job! (And I’ll be back to posting about awards shows soon I’m sure.)
Something I definitely wanted to do – eat cake, drink champagne, and watch Gigi!
Had I seen this one before?
Only about 100 times as a child. My mom got me the VHS and I loved it, though I don’t think I understood it at all really.
Top 3 observations on this viewing?
- It’s so much more complex and frankly less horrifying than I remembered it. When I was a kid, I mostly just loved the costumes and Leslie Caron’s hilarious, huffing physicality. But as I grew up songs like this:
and the general plot where a man watches a girl grow up and then falls for her, left a general sense of ickiness in my mouth about the whole thing. But, on this rewatch (having noticed that it was based on a novel by Colette) I can see it’s actually a really arch satire of the misogynist culture of infidelity and the “keeping” of mistresses in Parisian culture and there are so many more layers to the relationship than I could have seen as a kid. (Maurice Chevalier’s character is still super creepy and hard to watch – but I see that’s on purpose.)
2. Even as satire though, the flippant, maybe even giddy, response to Gaston’s first “lady love’s” suicide is really fucking hard to watch, especially since there is no reckoning with that particular sin after his last minute (almost literally) revelation that his lifestyle is empty and sad.
3. This movie is still so much fun to watch, and I’m glad I don’t have to feel as queasy recommending it as I thought I did for years. Gather your girls, pour some champagne, enjoy!
What did it beat? Did it deserve to win?
Auntie Mame – Haven’t seen it, but it feels pretty culturally similar
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Damn. This is a great movie…I mean, Paul and Liz!
Separate Tables – All I know about this is David Niven won Best Actor for it and I won a trivia point once for knowing that.
The Defiant Ones – Sidney Poitier was in this, I think?
I’m clearly not super qualified to make this call, but between the two I’ve seen…I’m still partial to Gigi, Best Picture is an Oscar for production and this is a grand one.
The Bechdel Test site says no, but I think it does. There are four named women, three of whom talk to each other. Gigi’s grandmother and aunts discuss her life (and teach her about jewels). Yes, these conversations often hinge on the idea of a man, but that’s kind of Colette’s point, I think. Patriarchy limits her options, but they are still hers. I give it a pass.
Given my favorite song from this score, I had to make a champagne cake, which was easy and turned out so pretty!
- 1 package two-layer white cake mix
- Champagne or sparkling wine
- 1 can 16oz pink Funfetti frosting
- 4 large fresh strawberries
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Grease two layer cake pans (I did one 9in round pan and one slightly smaller disposable pie plate, but you can adjust based on what you have)
- Prepare the cake according to instructions on mix, except replace the water called for with an equal amount of champagne (Mix slightly longer than you normally would)
- Pour batter into prepared pans, spreading evenly
- Bake according to package directions, approx. 30min
- Cool in pans for 10 minutes
- Remove from pans and let cool completely
- While the cakes cool, rinse and slice strawberries for decoration
- Place bottom tier cake on serving plate, frost the top
- Frost bottom side of top layer
- Place upper tier on top of the bottom cake
- Frost top of cake, and place strawberries in circular pattern on top of cake