Regular reader B. Kite suggested I blog about euphoric scenes, little film moments that induce detectable amounts of happiness in the viewer. He nominates the clip below, and it’s a good one! The real bliss starts about four and a half minutes in.

“something abt this number just makes me incredibly happy. as well as a beautiful arrangement of a great song (the first!), it’s the FACES”

Reminds me of Kubrick’s nice line about the last shot of THE SHINING: “Every face around Jack is an archetype of the period.”

Nice work if you can get it.

Boy, if we could actually reincarnate in a Fred Astaire movie, just by freezing to death in a maze, who among us would have the courage to resist? It’s a very real problem.

Mr. K goes on:

“If I were going to nominate the greatest moments in movies, this wdn’t be in my top choices, but if we’re talking abt little moments that just make one v. happy…”

I propose to run a SERIES of such posts, with scenes nominated by YOU, the Shadowplayers, all you wonderful people out there in the dark! Send me links or just describe the scene you have in mind and I’ll try to get ahold of it (and Chris, no porn).

If, as David Lynch believes, we could solve all the world’s problems by getting the square root of the Earth’s population to transcendentally meditate at the same time — “And bango!” — then imagine what we could achieve if all the readers of this blog, the many millions, clicked on Fred Astaire at the same time. Let’s unroll some euphoria!

I’ll go next, to keep the ball rolling, but please, EVERYBODY, give me your thoughts.

(Oh, the film clip is from DAMSEL IN DISTRESS, directed by George Stevens — whom BK still doesn’t accept as a Great American Filmmaker, despite loving Stevens’ Astaire films — and it’s based on a story by the sublime P.G. Wodehouse, and features Joan Fontaine and Burns and Allen.)

7 Responses to “EUPHORIA 1”

  1. I’d love to see “Isn’t It Romantic?” from “Love Me Tonight,” and “Pass That Peace PIpe” from “Good News” (1947)

  2. LOVE ME TONIGHT can certainly be done, although I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s too much of it to fit on youtube, that’s one incredibly sustained number, featuring an incredible number of variations on the theme of song-as-meme/virus, spreading across the globe!

    Ashamed to say I’ve never seen GOOD NEWS and don’t have a copy. I’ll look into it. Am not seriously into June Allyson, was dubious about Peter Lawford until I saw him being superb in CLUNY BROWN, but I gather that this number stars a talent I know nothing about, Joan McCracken. It’s now officially on my list to see.

    Alternatively, if you get it onto youtube, I’ll link to it.

  3. Christine shows Antoine how to butter toast without breaking the bread. Notes get penciled, passed across the breakfast table. Antoine proposes to Christine with a bottle opener. — ‘Baisers volés’ by François Truffaut.

  4. Right, it’s time I revisited Mr Doinel anyhow!

  5. Joan McCracken is quite a fascinating figure. There’s a biography of her called “The Girl Who Fell Down” — so titled because she made a name for herself as The Girl Who Falls Down in “Oklahoma!” She was married to Jack Dunphy, who left her for Truman Capote. But Dunphy was very concerned when Bob Fosse took her up. He was right because he soon passed her over for other women dancers.

    She also lived in that famus Brooklyn Heights building woth Gypsy Rose Lee, W. H Auden, Aaron Copland and Paul and Jane Bowles. There’s a book about that place too.

    Comden and Green are famopusly quoted as saying “We always say the three greatest pictures are “The Birth of a Nation, ” The Battleship Potemkin” and “Good News.” ‘ They were “kidding on the square” for “Good News” taught them how to write movie musicals. It was “naive” material delivered by some of the most wildly sophisticated people who ever breathed. The armature of the entire film rests on one number “The French Lesson.” Comden and Green decided that Tommy failing French was a lot more interesting than Tommy failing math. So they wrote this number with Roger Edens as a means of both establishing a plot point AND connecting him up with June Allyson. The numberadditionally serves as a segue to the most important and beloved song in the enitre score “The Best Things in Life Are Free” — sung with great feeling by June Allyson.

    I can’t say enough good things about “Good News.” Fro me it’s right up there with “Love Me Tonight,” “Singin’ in the Rain” “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers,” “Give a Girl a Break,” “Pas Sur la Bouche” and “I Love Melvin”

  6. Not only does that sound irresistable, I have to get my skates on because I’ve only seen the first three of the recommendations in your last paragraph!

    My partner Fiona was considering the “Moses Supposes” number from SINGIN’ as her own nominee for Cinema Euphoria, but I think she’s going to pick something else…

  7. I’m still kind of reeling over this: “She also lived in that famus Brooklyn Heights building woth Gypsy Rose Lee, W. H Auden, Aaron Copland and Paul and Jane Bowles. There’s a book about that place too.”

    Was the book called THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED FUN? Or THE JOINT IS JUMPIN’? It should’ve been!

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