Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Summer Stock!

Three posts in one day? This is getting a little out of hand. I just had to post about "Summer Stock." What a lovely movie! It was really great. Gene Kelly and Judy Garland make about one of the most perfect singing/dancing movie couples ever. Gene Kelly is amazing beyond words. What did I ever do before I discovered musicals?

Probably the best surprise was the Judy's "Friendly Star" song. I had seen that clip on one of the "That's Entertainment!" shows and loved it...Judy singing to herself on the porch, not knowing that Gene is sitting in a rocking chair listening to her. Then they talk for a moment (I don't want to give it away!), and she gets tears in her eyes, real tears. I loved that scene. This movie supposedly almost never got made, because of the issues in Judy Garland's personal life at the time. I find it incredibly ironic (in a sad way, not a funny way) that some of the most talented people of all time had so many struggles. They either led rough, questionable personal lives or died tragically, or both. Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, James Dean...it's so sad. You watch their movies, hear their voices, and you wonder how they could have struggled so much. But then again, it proves the whole point that no matter what you have-talent, fame, wealth-it doesn't amount to anything if you don't have God.

When I hear of a star who lived a good, moral, long life, it makes me happy. Jimmy Stewart, Bob Hope, Irving Berlin (songwriter who wrote "White Christmas," among many others), Gene Kelly. People who weren't married 6 or 7 times, who didn't have an affair with their leading lady in each movie, who didn't drink and smoke heavily.

I didn't mean for this post to be depressing! "Summer Stock" put me in a really great mood, as good musicals always do. So maybe I can leave things positive with this:

Now it's back to "Dancing With the Stars." It's the season finale! If Mya and Dmitri don't win, you will probably hear my television crash through the window.

Until next time,
Kristin (missvintagegirl)

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