|this picture makes me swoon|
Favorite Scene/Witty Exchange: Rocky comes to visit Angie at her new apartment, he knocks on the door, she opens it
Rocky: Hi, man do you look wild.
Angie: Thank you.
Rocky: Oh, no, I mean it, I really mean it.
Angie: Look how surprised he sounds.
Rocky: You look so, what am I gonna tell you? You look like a woman.
Angie: How can you manage to make even a compliment sound like a slap in the face?
Rocky: What did I say you look like woman, I apologize excuse me you look like a man.
Angie: You wanna fight all day?
Rocky: Who's fighting? I don't want to fight.
Angie: Alright then, sit down, I'll make you a drink.
Rocky: I don't know what it is, first time in my life I come to see a girl I feel like I'm 14 years old, you know even when I was 14 I didn't feel like that.
Angie: They're beautiful, thank you.
Angie looks for a glass to put the flowers in
Angie: What would you like to drink?
Angie: Um, scotch, gin, bourbon, vodka.
Rocky: What are you on the sauce now? I thought you didn't drink.
Angie: I don't.
Rocky: What are you running here, the USO?
Angie: Would you like a drink?
Rocky: Thank you.
Rocky: Thank you.
Angie: Water, soda or tonic?
Rocky: Aha, scotch and tonic? Ah very good. Zelda, gin and tonic, yes. vodka and tonic, yes, scotch and tonic, no.
Angie: Thank you.
Rocky: You gotta know these things if you're going to run a respectable den of inequity.
Angie: Well I'll learn in my own little way.
This whole scene is filled with little quips and arguments and results in Rocky putting the moves on Angie, how could a girl refuse? I can see how they got into the mess they were in.
Favorite Supporting Character: Anthony Columbo
Tom Bosley plays the very sweet, but bumbling would-be suitor to Angie. He gets VERY clumsy and very nervous around Angie. He breaks dishes, bumps into tables, spills coffee, really earns the nickname Clumsy. But he's very sweet and kind to Angie. Even if he can barely get a full sentence out when speaking to Angie.
It was brought to my attention by Robert Osborne during his introduction of the movie that Natalie Wood was nominated for her third Academy Award for this movie and I think she was extraordinary in the role and certainly deserved the nomination. It makes sense that she was nominated, since she makes this role hers. She plays all the different emotions of this girl becoming a woman who has to make difficult decisions and makes her very, very real.
But, I can't help but wonder why Steve McQueen wasn't nominated, I feel like it wasn't a typical role for him, he took on the leading man role quite nicely and expressed a wide range of emotions. According to the outro by Robert Osborne, the director really wanted Paul Newman for the role of Rocky, but Steve McQueen really wanted the role and lobbied for it intensely. I think he was a good choice and allowed him to showcase his acting chops by tackling a complex, diverse role like this.
|Kudos to Steve McQueen|
I ended up taking very many screen shots and had a hard time narrowing it down for the post. It may also have something to do with the fact that both Steve McQueen and Natalie Wood are just too freaking cute for words. Here are some other screencaps that I just thought were lovely.
I thought this was particularly powerful and plays into the idea of being a voyeur, watching these 2 people on their journey.
|Great use of a shadow for framing|
I also thought Natalie's hair was super cute in this movie, it would drive me nuts to have to keep moving the peek a boo/sweeping bang out of my face constantly, but she made it work. It almost became a character choice she played with her hair in different ways depending on how she was feeling. I also think head scarfs need to come back, picture evidence:
It's also worth noting that in addition to the Best Actress and Best Cinematography nominations the movie was also nominated in the Best Art Direction-Set Direction for a Black and White Film and Costume Design for Black and White Film (Costume Designs by Edith Head!) Categories, as well as Best Writing, Story and Screenplay- Written Directly for the Screen for Screenwriter Arnold Schulman. I still don't understand how this movie isn't more well known or readily available, one of life's mysteries.
|this cover makes me giggle cause it looks like Steve McQueen has the world's biggest cowlick|
Alright, that just about wraps up this edition of Friday Favorite. I really hope this post piqued your interest in this sweet, slightly controversial and unfortunately little known film. If you're a fan of Natalie Wood and/or Steve McQueen I definitely recommend it and as a fan of film in general I think it's worth a watch. Oddly enough there's a trailer for it from Paramount on YouTube, even though they haven't released it VHS or DVD, so I will leave you with that:
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