Oct 2, 2004
HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!
Where has the time went? 4 classes are keeping me very busy. We are shooting black and white 4 X 5 negatives on view cameras - large cameras on tripods with bellows where you put the cape over your head like in the old movies to take a photo. Processing film and using old Omega enlargers. Also getting started with composition by using our new DSLRs. Whew! Master Gardener class continues to be extremely interesting. Nights are getting colder. Many brilliant fall colors, the trees are peaking in color this last week. I miss reading blogs and keeping this blog updated. Thank you to all who leave comments and tags!
Julie Andrews - Jazz Hot
Leslie Ann Warrens - Chicago , Illinois
Two songs from one of my favorites - Victor/Victoria is a 1982 musical comedy film, which involves transvestism and sexual identity as central themes. It stars Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras and John Rhys-Davies. The screenplay was adapted by Blake Edwards (Andrews' husband) and Hans Hoemburg from the 1933 German film Viktor und Viktoria by Reinhold Schünzel.
I bought the movie on tape years back and always find this Blake Edwards film amusing. Great cast including Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, James Garner, Leslie Ann Warren is the best I've ever seen her as the gangster's girl friend, Alex Karras and Graham Stark as the waiter.
photo of Leslie Ann Warren as Norma Cassidy
The plan of opera singer Victoria Grant (Julie Andrews) and flamboyant cabaret singer Carroll "Toddy" Todd (Robert Preston) to pass Victoria off as "Count Victor Grezhinski" - a Polish drag queen (Victoria: "A woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman?"); Victoria's show-stopping production number "Le Jazz Hot" in a black gown with stringy bat-wing sleeves and a rhinestone headdress when she reveals herself as alter-ego Victor by ripping off her headdress; the character of wild, uncontrollable, coarse, sex-starved Norma Cassady (Leslie Ann Warren) with her irksome voice ("Kiiiiiiiiing! Pooooooooookie!") and her malaprop explanation for why her mob associate boyfriend King Marchand (James Garner) is unable to have sex with her anymore - "Before you know it, you are impudent"); and Norma's defiant reaction when cut loose by King, and forced onto a train by King's bodyguard Mr. Bernstein (Alex Karras) - she opens her robe to reveal her skimpy underwear, and yells: "You ain't seen the last of me yet!", causing a distracted porter to stumble off the platform; and Norma's aggressively sexy song-and-dance "Chicago, Illinois" with other showgirls in baby-doll underwear; the scene of King sneaking into Victoria's hotel room to hide in her bathroom to voyeuristically see her true gender -- and the moment that King says to Victoria: "I don't care if you ARE a man", and kisses her passionately; Victor's torch song "Crazy Life"; and Norma's hilarious one-liner when she thinks she is to be assaulted by clothes-stripping Victor: "Wait a minute...lock the door first" - and her screeching at King after she sees Victor's true sex: "You two-timing son-of-a-bitch! HE'S A WOMAN!"; also the hilarious miscast performance of "The Shady Dame of Seville" by Toddy ("Some hit show!"), in Blake Edwards' screwball sex farce.