Tue Mar 13, 2007 6:23 pm
shanebrown wrote:it aired on TCM a couple of days ago and was surprised by what I found.
shanebrown wrote:It is a light-hearted 60s romp and delivers exactly what it says on the tin.
shanebrown wrote:Nancy Sinatra delivers one of the best songs in the film. I don’t particularly like her singing but the song suits her and the material is good.
shanebrown wrote:This leads me on to He’s Your Uncle, Not Your Dad which, for me as someone studying film, is one of the films more interesting points. Bizarrely, the worst song on the album is raised to the status of being the most interesting within the film. It is one of the few examples of Elvis being allowed a big “production number” and this one clearly is aping the MGM movies of the 1930s, 40s and 50s but with a twist. Instead of a row of chorus girls doing the high kicks – it is a group of middle aged men. The effect is ludicrous, but fun, and the whole routine works – if only because it is so unexpected. What is even weirder is that, just as the production line of these formulaic movies was running down, someone thought up a way to make the routine that little bit different from those in earlier films. It also makes one wonder just what would have been made of Elvis’ songs in films if he had been making movies at the height of the musical era and had been allowed more songs to be well-staged.
Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:00 am
shanebrown wrote:No hatred on my part of poor old Nancy! She just doesn't do much for me, sadly. Having said that her version of Bang Bang certainly IS much better than Cher's (I guess, Cryogenic, you meant Cher, not Elvis - unless you're sitting on an unknown master take!).
shanebrown wrote:As for the racing car thing - perhaps this occupation was used in so many films to try to attract a male audience?
Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:11 pm
Thu Mar 15, 2007 1:26 pm
Hav-A-Tampa wrote:is maybe a better film than Speedway, but you can tell Elvis really, really didn't want to be in the film. In Speedway, he looks and acts like the happy-go-lucky character that he is supposed to be.
Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:48 pm
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