I hope it intrigues members of younger generations to unearth thousands of black and white goodies left for them to watch.
For the spoiler alert purist, the following sentences contain direct reference to scenes from “Feud: Bette and Joan” from episode one.
Bette is shown to be working onstage when Joan enters the theatre. She’s there to approach Bette with a film proposal.
The play that Bette is performing in is called “Night of the Iguana.” It’s one of my all time favs.
There were may have been many “Feud” audience members that were not aware that the role Bette was playing was actually a coveted lead role. As a matter of fact, the movie production of this play starred another legendary actress, Ava Gardner, who was nominated for both a Golden Globe and BAFTA for the role that we see Bette’s character performing in “Feud.”
This has more to do with my trying to be ‘clever.’ I’m using any open window I can find for an opportunity to help introduce the lost art of old movies to our children and grandchildren..not as a serious nitpicking of a directorial choice.
I consider it as gifting them with
.. an alternative space to explore complex and universal topics without certain infections of modern entertainment.
..a place they can catch reflections of their lives without embarrassing pornographic undertones or insulting dumbed down dialogue.
.. an enrichment and expansion of their imagination, if only for purposes of reference and expression.
In the very least, old movies can offer sane escape from overly sensationalized piles of mediocrity. All accomplished without a pointless and rude vomit scene in sight.
In them, the young can experience examples of strong actresses who conducted business without flaunting their love lives like window display whores . They can see grown actors who walked tall without pretending to be, or trying to live the life of, pathetic perpetual teenagers.