Friday, October 2, 2009

Judy Henske's Unfortunate Leg Meat

The scene below from Hootenanny Hoot! features Judy Henske, the speculatively real-life Annie Hall (ew- bangin' Woody Allen..... ew, but then again, it may have never occurred) The reason I am showing it is because this is Celluloid Slammer and thus its rightful place. I absolutely hate this type of folk music and this ADD-style performance, full of squinched up feelin', is no exception. It is soaked in hyperdramtic oomph.

But the car crash I cannot look away from is Judy Henske's leg meat at 3:13. She's a fit girl, and everybody has both relaxed and tight musculo-skeletal states, but the way that one section of thigh starts flailing and wobbling - jiggling doesn't come close to describing it at all - becomes a thing of fascination, completely taking over the experience of the song. Yipe. And not the good kind of yipe. It runs wild, poking the eyes with it's thrashing, and one has to ask, didn't the continuity person, director, assistant director, editor or producer notice it? My brain screams "CUT TO CLOSEUP!! CUT TO CLOSEUP!!" but they don't and nature shows us - on film - in perpetuity how we all came from the liquidy sea......

Plus that hairdo.....

4 comments:

Tommy Salami said...

Tsk. She's a great singer, more of a blues revivalist than folk, but that's what she got shoehorned into back then. Thanks for sharing this :)

Pantheon Zeus said...

nice voice - bad face and hairstyle - and hideous leg meat. LOVE IT

Topsyjane said...

Wow. I think the leg meat bobbling is due to a lack of muscle tone. Most women then didn't exercise much, just starved themselves, leaving loose skin with no supporting structure.

But the hair...? I have no ideas.

Karen said...

I just saw this movie on TCM and was transfixed by her jiggling thighs, but I thought her performance was amazing. She's not too pretty in this clip but with a somewhat different hairstyle was much prettier. See this link: http://www.amazon.com/Judy-Henske/dp/B0000631QA/ref=pd_sim_m_2