Thursday, July 21, 2016

Schulenberg's Page: New York, Part LXVIX

Text and Illustrations by ©Bob Schulenberg

New York, 1964. Midtown and Hector's Cafeteria in Times Square were some of my favorite places to watch real life dramas unfold ...
And a few blocks uptown at Carnegie Deli where theater managers would talk business.
And back downtown at the Reggio coffeehouse in the Village.
And then back uptown again to Serendipity III on East 60th Street for ice cream and whimsy.
After a busy day running around town on business (and for pleasure), nothing was better than watching (and studying) old movies on television!
And who could be better to watch (and study) than Garbo? She demonstrated a flare for comedy in "Ninotchka," the film which was promoted with the phrase, "Garbo Laughs!"
How cleverly the costume designer Adrian clarified the differences in the characters' personalities.
Ina Claire as the New York socialite was all excess — frills and ruffles — and Garbo as the communist emissary from Moscow was all around no-nonsense practical serviceability!
But Garbo in "Grand Hotel" as the divinely famous ballerina was drenched and almost submerged in opulent furs and jewels.
But for me, the standout beauty in the movie is Joan Crawford as a secretary — severely dressed, but beautiful.
All this and John Barrymore? It was toward the end of his being believable as a dashingly handsome matinee idol!
But wait — then there was "Love Me Tonight" with Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald and the beautiful music of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart! One of my all time favorite movies!
So with a nostalgic smile and humming the song, "Lover," which was introduced in the film, it was time for bed.
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