Wednesday, October 19, 2005

I've alwayz depended on the kindness of Strangers

Been wanting to write ‘bout a couple of movies I’ve watched over last few weekends and the moment has finally arrived –(in the order that they have been viewed)  
  • Rear Window

  • The Apartment

  • A Clockwork Orange and

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

Rear Window is a very different Hitchcock movie – there is no denouement whatsoever but the dialogues were quite entertaining esp. those of Lisa and Jeff… like this one :
        Jeff: When am I going to see you again?
        Lisa: [angry] Not for a long time...
              [softening]
        Lisa: at least not until tomorrow night.

The Apartment was a witty movie and quite entertaining but I somehow did not like the happy ending of the movie – my morbid self would have enjoyed it better had it been sad.

And what do I say ‘bout the Clockwork Orange – scandalous stuff but definitely food for thought. Here I must mention that I did not feel even an ounce of remorse for Alex –I thought he deserved every bit of the punishment meted out to him.

Aha! So I come to the best at the last –A Streetcar Named Desire – having read the play long back I was so eager to watch this movie and I loved every bit of it.
It has found a special niche in my list of favorite movies (not to forget mentioning the special place in my heart reserved for Marlon Brando). Vivien Leigh looked every bit of Blanche Dubois (I believe she had that paranoia even in her real life).
And what amazing dialogues, boy! Each of them ought to be soldered onto your head:

Stanley Kowalski: (refusing to acknowledge Blance’s beauty) I never met a dame yet that didn't know if she was good-looking or not without being told, and there's some of them that give themselves credit for more than they've got.

Blanche DuBois: I don't want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic. I try to give that to people. I do misrepresent things. I don't tell truths. I tell what ought to be truth.

Blanche DuBois: Straight? What's 'straight'? A line can be straight, or a street. But the heart of a human being?

Stanley Kowalski: You know what luck is? Luck is believing you're lucky, that's all... To hold a front position in this rat race, you've got to believe you are lucky

And the most touching one of them all

Blanche DuBois: I have always depended on the kindness of strangers…..

34 comments:

RT said...

Havent seen any of the movies listed.. But the last one sounds good..
I have seen viven leigh only in Gone with the wind and I cannot imagine any other actor fitting into her shoes in the movie... :-)

~RAUL~ said...

heavy post swats...very heavy post...
took me a while to gulp it down but then very neatly written...
if i remember correctly "A street car name desire" is the same movie u told me abt ?
am getting it the next time am going to naturals :D :D

Z said...

Was passing ...stopped by seeing Clockwork Orange. If you have read the novel, it ends on a different note Alex, contemplating! Sadly Kubrick couldn't end it that way!
What's it going to be then, eh ?

Sujit said...

although ahven't seen any of those.. but reading to your commentsmay like to watch the sedire.. omvie.. nice review..:)

zombiee said...

A Clock work Orange is my personal fav of kubrick. A great peice of work. BTW have u seen Amélie?

Swathi said...

@RT
However I din like Vivien Leigh in GWTW too much (it clashed with my mental image of Scarlett O'Hara) but in 'Streetcar ...' she really deserved the Oscar she'd won.

@Raul
yup the very same movie i'd mentioned, yaa Indulge urself at naturals (n dont forget to pick the movie)

@Venus
I havent read the book, now that I've watched the movie I dont think I wud pick it up either but was wondering y did Kubrick change the ending??

@Sujit
Except perhaps 'The Apartment',which you can give a miss, I would reco' to watch atleast one of the movies.

@zombiee
'Clockwork...' seems to be in the list of favorites for many... Amelie is one more long time pending in mi list ,wud try to catch it this weekend.

Arunima said...

I have always depended on my fellow bloggers. :-)

Z said...

I don' think he changed the ending, I believe the original book had an extra chapter which was edited in the American edition and Kubrick followed the american version, so much Trivia :p

Vicky said...

well, havent seen any of these.
but after reading ur reviews..i ll have to catch up with a couple of them...

Crouching Tigress said...

Refreshing that was!

Rohan Kumar said...

Seen 3/4 and can vouch for all of em personally

gvenum said...

>>I somehow did not like the happy ending of the movie

Even after many years after being a kid, I wouldn't want to watch a movie that doesnot have a happy ending.
I used to ask people if the movie has a happy ending, other wise I wouldn't go. There were quite list popular movies that way. Its all changed now hopefully. Wait! is this a sad ending for this comment..hmm!!

Arvind said...

have you changed colors?

Gamesmaster G9 said...

Thanks for allowing us to use your story. Its up on the 55 word blog now. Sorry it took so long.

~RAUL~ said...
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~RAUL~ said...

We need a new post ma'am.
You seem busy but don't tell me its work!!!

Swathi said...

@Arunima
but the fellow bloggers are not alwayz kind :)

@Venus
thanx for all the trivia

@Vicky
do catch up on some of them n remember to Thank me in ur blog for that :)

@tigress
but what with all ur ballet dance episode - u sure need some refreshing :)

@Rohan
thanx man, now that u can vouch for it do so in a blog

@gvenum
but imagine Ek Duje Ke Liye and QSQT with a happy ending!! no one wud've even bothered to have a dekho at them (for that matter "ET" also) but pray tell me the reason y itz changed now??

@Arvind
did u mean literally or figuratively?

@gamemaster
Thanx so much for all the free publicity.

@raul
common itz not only u who does work , even I gotta justify my paycheck(ok once in a while atleast :))

#3tiYo>B_shyo> said...

havnt understood a street car... it loked a lotta raping stuff goin on... mebbe im just stupid and dint hav patience to finish watching it.

Gangadhar said...

Hiee Swathi...
First time here...Yours is a cool blog...
And I'ven't seen any of the movies you said..But you explained about them in a wonderful way...

Fatally Flawed said...

what's next?
"Breakfast at Tiffany's"?
"Vertigo"?

really liked Stanley Kowalski's: You know what luck is... dialogue

n.g. said...

a clockwork orange is kubrick's second best film, after full metal jacket.

:-) said...

Sigh. Rear window and clockwork orange. Definitely not for a princess.

Swathi said...

@Shyo
oh no u rnt stupid dear,Street Car..moves slowly and u must not watch it on a day when u r all charged to watch an action-packed thriller.

@Gangadhar
welcome to the Princess' Realm

@ff
oh! now that u have mentioned I loved 'Vertigo' - must remember to blog 'bout it too
n I really loved Stanley Kowalski(period)

@nish
havent watched Full Metal Jacket but Clockwork seems to get more votes as a persoanl favorite from ppl.

@ :-)
Rear Window was meant for the princess who is so much like Lisa :)

anumita said...

Hey, new post please! And HAPPY DIWALI! Have a fantastic year ahead!

Vicky said...

Happy Diwali

gvenum said...
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gvenum said...

ET? I thought ET was happy ending.Otherwise the whole family would go bankrupt buying on anti-wrinkle creams for that thing. That would be a sad ending. ain't it.

>>What changed?

With the invasion of irritating non-acting creeps like Tushaar, Ash, Salman, I really prefer to see them dying at the end. *evil grin*

Sujit said...

Hey.. Happy diwali..

Truth Fairy said...

Happy Diwali :-)

Weary Hag said...

Saw each of these movies and I would have placed them into the same order you have!
I agree about Alex from A Clockwork Orange - but man oh man, what a punishment that was!

As to Streetcar, not enough wonderful things can be said about that movie.

That line of Blanche's about "tell what ought to be the truth" ... that's a killer! Excellent watching choices Swathi!

Swathi said...

Anumita,
Thanks for the wishes, n yaa the new post is on itz way ...

Vicky,
Hope u had a wonderful Diwali and thanks a ton for the wishes.

Gvenum,
did u say that 'thing'???? oh! how can u be so cruel?
ET had such a bitter sweet ending that I found my dress wet with tears (so what if i was in my 1st std!)

@'with the invasion of non-acting....' well, the sad thing is that they don't seem to die

Sujit,
Thanks and Wish u the same

T.Fairy,
Thanks dear and hope u had a 'blast' on Diwali

W.Hag
but i thot i placed in the order that I had watched :)
'am glad I found another fellow-lover of 'Streetcar...'

pallavi said...

I watched A street Car Named Desire... liked it..
Have to check out the rest..

Last I watched was THe Interpreter :)

Swathi said...

@Pallavi
one cant help but like 'A Streetcar...'

Prat said...

i have been trying to get a hold of a clockwork orange- the book. no luck. you got?
and i lovvveeeeeeed a streetcar named desire. saw it after reading the book and still loved it.
that, my friend, is tres rare.