Moloch, White tie and tails

Help, I’ve caught the composograph bug! But that stairway leading to Moloch’s jaws in METROPOLIS would be just perfect for Fred to dance down, wouldn’t it? Come on, you’ve all thought it, haven’t you?

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21 Responses to “Moloch, White tie and tails”

  1. david wingrove Says:

    It would then be dangerously easy for him to push Ginger into the fiery pit – or for her to push him – which they both, allegedly, longed to do!

  2. But there was respect there too. “When you work with a GIRL, sooner or later she will start to CRY. ‘Oh, I can’t go on,’ etc. Except Ginger. Ginger never cried.”

    And this after she was pouring the blood from her shoes…

  3. This one is terrific.

  4. David Boxwell Says:

    Moloch! Solitude! Ugliness! Ashcans and unobtainable dollars! Children screaming under stairways! Boys sobbing in armies! Old men weeping in the parks! Moloch! Moloch! Nightmare of Moloch! Moloch the loveless! Mental Moloch! Moloch! Leprechaun-wizened Fred Astaire directed by Coppola! Moloch! Choreography by Rob Marshall! American Gigolo singing and hoofing! Moloch! Baz Luhrmann spectacle and Madonna yelping in Evita! Musical Moloch!

  5. Best. Thea Von Harbou satirical pastiche. Ever.

    And I love Georges’ goofy enunciation. Elegance plus ludicrousness, it’s the state I aspire to but can never reach.

  6. david wingrove Says:

    His interest in those chorus girls is debatable.

  7. They’re scary. There should be a “chorus girl” horror movie category.

  8. No minds of their own, all moving as one, with robotic precision, and smiling, always smiling…

  9. There is a ‘chorus girl horror’ movie category — the montage of static, serene female statuary in FUNNY GIRL that looks like the montage of static staring children in VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED. Always creeps me out. I can almost see their eyes glow.

  10. That rings a creepy bell, and I haven’t seen Funny Girl since I was a kid.

  11. For “elegance plus ludicrousness”, try this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n-mwWzR6IQ

  12. Oh, I do hope M&W finally get discovered by America, as a result of the above. Only thirty or so years too late!

  13. Christopher Says:

    everybody on Set for the big Moloch number!

  14. La Faustin Says:

  15. Heh heh heh! Good faux-Busby.

  16. Christopher Says:

    ..oh moloch-yew nasty may’un..”

  17. david wingrove Says:

    La Faustin…a zillion thanks for the ‘Nasty Man’ link!

    I’ve loved that song ever since I heard it on TV as a little boy, but never knew who sang it or where it came from. Unlike the Busby Berkely numbers, this one actually does involve some dancing, rather than mass calisthenics in spangly costumes.

  18. La Faustin Says:

    David Wingrove, I wonder if by some strange chance you first heard this diabolically catchy number in the same context I did – in the Debbie Reynolds/Shelley Winters vehicle WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HELEN?, one of the slew of BABY JANE knock-offs. The two stars run a dance school for would-be Shirley Temples in a Day of the Locust-inflected 1930s Hollywood, and their year-end talent show features a very self-possessed 10-year-old dressed as Mae West and belting the number, with her mother raptly lip-synching in the wings. (And did it also turn up in the English PENNIES FROM HEAVEN series?)

    But I love early slutty Alice Faye! Here’s another dollop of her creaminess:

  19. david wingrove Says:

    La Faustin – Although I’m a fan of Curtis Harrington from his avant-garde roots all the way to his DYNASTY days, I must admit I’ve never seen WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HELEN? I do, however, love the follow-up made in the UK (and partly scripted by the great Gavin Lambert) WHO SLEW AUNTIE ROO?

    No. I heard the song in a far more prosaic context. A TV show from the 70s called THAT’S HOLLYWOOD! which was basically an excuse to recycle clips from old 20th Century Fox movies, strung together with a jokey narration by Tom Bosley. It was rubbish but I never missed it because – in the days before VHS and DVD – you saw old movies in any way you possibly could.

    Thanks for the second Alice Faye clip. My God, that woman actually used to be interesting! How on earth did she become so dull?!

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