Sunday, February 7, 2010

Trippy Ginger Rogers Pig Latin



First time I really got into these types of movies was when I was just out of high school and discovering herb (not Edelman, him I was already familiar with). While watching them my old man who had finally been forced to buy a 25" color portable TV (his conditions/reasons for putting it off) would come in and yell, "What the hell are you watching THIS for?!?!?! We finally got a COLOR TV and THIS is what you watch?!!?" I was watching color *wink. Either way it was quite an overwhelming spectacle for the newly stoned Lex10, what with the shopping mall sized sets, the Busby Berkeley imagery, and whatnot. These particular few seconds are well and truly classic.

A couple of observations of these few seconds: The focus pulling going in and out bespeaks (?!) a time before cinematic technological perfection - there's humans at work, and it's poetically beautiful to me. Secondly, that Ginger Rogers is a real sexual response producer and at the time, I was in love with her . Third, trippy, innit?

Enjoy.

5 comments:

Vincent-louis said...

i was thinking I'd be hired to add that focus affect now after the fact. LOL

Eve said...

This is why I love YouTube--no longer do I have to try and explain to blank-faced people why I love Lyda Roberti or Helen Kane; I can send them YouTube links!

Mr. Sophistication said...

I've never heard of this. It's beautiful!

Christopher said...

I first saw this with Footlight Parade at a local old theatre that had taken to showing classics for us midnight stoner crowd in the early 1970s..Watched it again about 3 weeks ago..I just love it..I can see why Busby Berkley was such a hit with depression audiances,this picture had made me forget my problems that evening within 30 seconds..

Eve said...

One of Ginger's tricks when she was touring in vaudeville in the '20s was singing in pig latin. She was, ummm, "good friends" with director Mervyn Leroy, so she probably offered up this talent to him, amongst others.