Monday, August 25, 2008

The Original Frenemies

People, get thee to the cinema.

{The Women, 1939, directed by George Cukor,
based on the play by Claire Booth Luce}

What was so great about this movie:

The Fashion-with-a-capital-F (including a technicolor fashion show of Gowns by Adrian inserted in the middle of the film. Slightly distracting, but still stunning.)
The cattiness
The betrayals
The comebacks
The paybacks
The all-female cast (130 roles, allplayed by women. Even the animals and artwork are female)
The remake has been in the works for 10+ years, with rumors back and forth of Meg Ryan or Julia Roberts in the role of Mary Haines (played by Norma Shearer in the 30s version).

{The Women, 2008, directed by Diane English (as in Murphy Brown)}

I'm guessing the fashion will be just as fah-bulous, and they have cast a great group of actresses. You have time to rent the original before the remake opens on Sept. 12. The popcorn is on me.

20 comments:

simply seleta said...

Oh, hello, I cannot wait to see this. Juicy script and fabulous wardrobe? Get out.

Fifi Flowers said...

I just saw a trailer for this... looked good!
Love your Pay It Forward!

littlebyRD said...

Ha! I have always wanted to see the original and never have - I had no idea there was a remake - Very cool! I am so glad you posted about it.

twoladiesinwaiting said...

The fact that Boddington made your blog (and got an adorable collar the blog is fabulous.

twoladiesinwaiting said...

What that was *supposed* to say was:

The fact that Boddington made your blog (and got an adorable collar out of it) is not the reason that the blog is fabulous.

knitseashore said...

Thank you for the recommendation! I have never heard of this but will netflix the original post haste! Love vintage movies with great fashion. Have you seen Vogues of 1938? Netflix has that now too. I also like Designing Woman with Lauren Bacall.

Mumsie said...

Unfortunately this is not yet available from Netflix yet. I will have to try Blockbuster or the library. It may be available on VHS. Let's keep us posted on this one. Great find.

laura said...

Thank you for this movie tip...I've been needing to rent one of those old, but inspiring movies...and I had no idea that even the artwork was done by women!

Mrs.French said...

I need to get out and see the original now! Can't wait to see the new one too.

Marie Louise said...

I loved the original but never did buy that thing about Joan Crawford being a shop girl. Maybe "Mommy Dearest" has ruined my image of her!

Petunia Face said...

Mmm, loved the OG Women. If only Joan Crawford wasn't dead and she coulda' played a cameo in this remake!

please sir said...

Sounds like a fun re-make! Thanks for your living comment - glad to hear your move was a success and you like where you are now. Lots of luck in the future - keep living lovely!

Gill - That British Woman said...

I have been interested in the trailers for this movie, but as I have never set foot in a movie theatre in Canada in the whole 19 years since we've been here, I guess I will be waiting until it comes out on dvd........the whole idea of sitting with hundreds of people in a movie theatre just doesn't appeal to me.....I can't wait to hear from you all though what you all thought of it.

Gill in Canada

Gill - That British Woman said...

forgot to add just love the song "Mercy" by Duffy that also seems to be on this movie here is the You Tube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE2orthS3TQ

Gill

Hooked on Houses said...

I watched the original movie years ago and got a big kick out of it. I hope they did it justice with the remake. Can't wait to see it! -Julia

Teal Chic said...

I saw a preview to this, it looks so good! I can't wait until it comes out!!!

Jules said...

thanks for the heads up - must see the original now! have a great weekend :)

Oliveaux said...

I have not seen the original...must do it now! Hope you have had a great weekend. Amanda

SimplyGrove said...

Looks like a good movie!!!
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Roberta Lipp said...

They also did the play for PBS a few years ago that was pretty awe-inspiring, with Cynthia Nixon, among others.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/stageonscreen/thewomen/backstage.html