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Ain’t She Sweet?

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , on August 15, 2008 by dcairns

One of my favourite things on YouTube. Not so much for the Fleischer cartoon part, although that’s always fun. (If you could travel back in time to the 1930s, ram a telescope into the ear of a sleeping madman, and look into his dreams, THAT IS WHAT YOU WOULD SEE.)

I love Lillian Roth! When she comes on in all her live-action glory, my heart goes aflutter like a sparrow with strychnine poisoning. She has a performance style that’s all her own, and all of its era. Her “acting” in ANIMAL CRACKERS is really like a little kid playing dress-up. There’s no reality to it whatsoever, and yet it’s as sincere as can be. I also enjoy her eccentric dancing in Lubitsch’s THE LOVE PARADE, maybe the only IMPORTANT film she’s in. But the ephemeral is also part of life, and the glorious trivia of this toon should put a smile on even the deadest pan.