What's New, Pušsýcat?

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What's New, Pušsýcat?

Post by karlhenning » Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:23 am

A curious artifact very much of its time. Anecdotally (or maybe it’s the plain truth), Woody Allen began the screenplay based on (and took the title from) the philandering Warren Beatty, who apparently took no slight, as he was originally on board for the role which Peter O’Toole wound up playing. Allen’s screenwriting and directing debut, the resulting film has its full share of imperfections . . . moments of strange tedium which of course undermine what is supposed to be rollicking farce (so it doesn’t rollick as much already, maybe). Peter Sellers comes across as something of a shackled genius (as a comic actor, not his character in the movie), constricted in a curiously 2-D role. Nonetheless, there’s a good deal of fun to be had; Sellers, Allen and O’Toole together are often enough a delight, that the occasional sodden balloon factor inspires regret at what comic greatness there might have been (and anyway, it is charming to watch O’Toole in a light turn). And for all the “Beginner’s Klunkiness,” it’s enjoyable to find Allen just trying to be funny, before he went into Full Metal Navel-Gazing Mode.

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Re: What's New, Pušsýcat?

Post by karlhenning » Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:24 am

Forum software has nannified the subject header. Will modify presently.

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Re: What's New, Pušsýcat?

Post by Ralph » Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:00 am

It's a fun movie with zany acting and an unforgettable song.
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Re: What's New, Pušsýcat?

Post by karlhenning » Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:03 am

Well, and there's one ad-lib line by Sellers which is priceless.

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Re: What's New, Pušsýcat?

Post by slofstra » Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:33 am

Ralph wrote:It's a fun movie with zany acting and an unforgettable song.
Yeah, thanks Ralph and Karl. I though I had forgotten that "unforgettable" song but unfortunately it seems I haven't. Another Tom Jones worm that has gone from a back lobe to a frontal one, and I hope it crawls back into the dim recesses really soon. AAAIIIEEEEHHHHH!!!!!

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Re: What's New, Pušsýcat?

Post by karlhenning » Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:16 am

Henry, I was careful to say nought of the music. That Ralph, though, is an impetuous sort . . . .

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Re: What's New, Pušsýcat?

Post by Ralph » Tue Sep 16, 2008 6:30 pm

karlhenning wrote:Henry, I was careful to say nought of the music. That Ralph, though, is an impetuous sort . . . .

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Re: What's New, Pušsýcat?

Post by slofstra » Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:01 pm

Ralph wrote:
karlhenning wrote:Henry, I was careful to say nought of the music. That Ralph, though, is an impetuous sort . . . .

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"You and your *** nose" then throw in a whoa-ah, whoa-ah. I can see it now. Worked for me back in '65.

Speaking of movie themes, who was better, Tom Jones or Shirley Bassey? They could pack some punch, eh? Whenever either one came on the radio it was time to find another station - one that would play Paul Revere and the Raiders or "Something Good".

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Re: What's New, Pušsýcat?

Post by karlhenning » Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:51 am

slofstra wrote:"You and your *** nose" then throw in a whoa-ah, whoa-ah. I can see it now.
Henry, Please! A little fidelity to the text, here!

Burt Bach[arach] wrote:. . . so go and follow your cute little pušsýcat nose.


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Re: What's New, Pušsýcat?

Post by karlhenning » Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:57 am

slofstra wrote:Speaking of movie themes, who was better, Tom Jones or Shirley Bassey? They could pack some punch, eh?
Truly, they made cabaret a contact sport.

I remembered that Tom Jones sang the title tune for Thunderball — to my mind, the silliest of the lot (of the songs, I mean) — and Bassey, that for Diamonds Are Forever. I had entirely forgotten that she also sang "Goldfinger," and I probably never knew before today that she sang "Moonraker."

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Re: What's New, Pušsýcat?

Post by slofstra » Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:55 pm

karlhenning wrote:
slofstra wrote:Speaking of movie themes, who was better, Tom Jones or Shirley Bassey? They could pack some punch, eh?
Truly, they made cabaret a contact sport.

I remembered that Tom Jones sang the title tune for Thunderball — to my mind, the silliest of the lot (of the songs, I mean) — and Bassey, that for Diamonds Are Forever. I had entirely forgotten that she also sang "Goldfinger," and I probably never knew before today that she sang "Moonraker."

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That line I had is in there somewhere too.

I did not know all this stuff. The one I remember was Goldfinger. I saw it on the plane a few years ago; couldn't help but. Somehow it didn't make the same impression that it did when I was 14. Thunderball was very impressive at that age also - all that underwater equipment.

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Re: What's New, Pušsýcat?

Post by karlhenning » Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:40 am

slofstra wrote:That line I had is in there somewhere too. . . .
Sorry I doubted you, Henry! Fact is . . . we may not hear the entire song in the movie.

Or I may have been inattentive (sometimes happens when Tom Jones is in the air).

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Re: What's New, Pušsýcat?

Post by nadej_baptiste » Sun Sep 21, 2008 2:14 pm

A favorite!
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