‘Til Him

Well, it’s been a tiring couple of days nursing my daughter through a very bad sore throat and sickness bug. Fairly typical stuff for the third week into the new school year. She’s a demanding patient, needing lots of company and reassurance, unlike my son who just takes to bed and sleeps it off when he isn’t well.

Daughter and me snuggled on the sofa yesterday and, at her request, watched “Singin’ in the Rain” for the umpteenth time. It’s one of the few musicals she seems to enjoy. Certainly it’s up there with “The Producers” and “School of Rock” as one of my favourite movies.

When I read Julia Cameron’s “The Vein of Gold” one of the exercises she recommended was to analyse your favourite movies and see what they had in common. For me, this was very revealing. All of the above have the same basic theme – someone finding out their true character through engaging in a deception and having to face the consequences, but ultimately finding that the consequences are life-enhancing to such a degree that the deception is worthwhile.

I can’t really speak for the original Producers movie, which I still haven’t seen, but I was very touched by the courtroom scene in the Lane/Broderick musical version. Where this little guy who’s been a nobody turns up to face the very thing that used to terrify him – jail – because Bialy means so much to him. The old guy has taught him so much about taking risks and living life to the full. It’s all in that deceptively simple ballad, “‘Til Him,” which Broderick sings so beautifully. Up to that moment, the movie was just a laugh, but then it suddenly became real and moving. At least to me.

“He filled up my empty life/Filled it to the brim/There could never ever be another one like him.” Which would also be a good fit for Rose and The Doctor (Had to get them in somewhere). I feel a fluffy little fic coming on where the two of them land in New York in 1959 and have lunch with Leo Bloom!

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3 thoughts on “‘Til Him

  1. All of the above have the same basic theme – someone finding out their true character through engaging in a deception and having to face the consequences, but ultimately finding that the consequences are life-enhancing to such a degree that the deception is worthwhile.
    Do you like the Coen Bros’ movies?

  2. Of those I know:
    O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a wholly delightful musical comedy set in the American Deep South of the 1930s and loosely based on The Odyssey. Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) escapes from a chain gang in the company of two other convicts and, after many picaresque adventures, finds his Penelope. Warm and hugely entertaining. You’ll believe Busby Berkeley choreographed the KKK!
    Raising Arizona A persistant offender marries a prison guard but they can’t have children, so they kidnap one baby from a set of quins. Great fun, but rather loosely plotted and episodic.
    The Big Liebowski The misadventures of a group of slackers, centred around ten-pin bowling. I didn’t like this one much.
    Fargo A brilliant police procedural in which the pregnant investigating officer is simply a wonderfully nice person. It’s her innocence and trust that allow her to solve the crime. This is a lovely film, featuring a splendid performance from William H Macy as the car salesman whose dodgy money-making scheme escalates out of control.
    The Man Who Wasn’t There Billy Bob Thornton is a hairdresser who wants to become a dry-cleaner, but his scheme also goes way out of control…
    I want to see Barton Fink and The Hudsucker Proxy sometime. Recent stuff, like their remake of The Ladykillers hasn’t tempted me.

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