Thursday, October 1, 2009

Two for the Road

I am addicted to pop culture. There, I admit it. But not just any old pop culture. Nothing against them, but I am a little non-plussed by the romantic problems of Britney Spears or Posh Spice. What I'm talking about is my very own little version of popular culture. The Feronia-brand special. What interests me. Because pop culture - movies, books, music, tv shows - have really had a big impact over the years on how I see myself and the world. I suppose this is true for many people, really. But as a teenager and a young adult especially, films were far more for me than just films. I entered right into the world they presented to me.

I had "Two for the Road" on VHS video cassette tape (!) and I watched it over and over and over again. I wanted to be Audrey Hepburn (and hey, I know I'm not alone there), even though a rake-thin, finely-boned, straight-haired woman was a long way from where I was at! Everything is so neat in many of these older movies, so precise, so succinct. Even bitter arguments are confined to a scene or two and then left behind. It took me a while to realise that life doesn't often imitate art in that regard! So the world of movies has been at least partially responsible for building up a lot of unattainable expectations about how my own scenes would be played out, but they've also had a significant part in refining (what I think is) my fairly quirky and individualistic kalidescope view of life.

What movies did you grow up with?


DILLY said...

Dilly like wagon moovies best. An cartoons. Com see funny cartoon on Dilly blog!


Feronia said...

Hmmm...I'm trying to think of moovies with wagons in them. The Pwincess Bwide maybe? Thanks too for the cartoon, Dilly - very, very funny!

Bodecea said...

Mh, I wasn't so often in the cimena as a child... and couldn't see the films which came too late at night (means after 8 o'clock). So I was facinated more by series - Heidi, Captain Future ... and "Auf Achse"!

Films I was facinated when I was older? I remember watching two films that impressed (& shocked) me very much. I saw them in a little school cinema when I was 14 or 15. One was a documentation about the ghetto in Warsaw.

The other one was "The Wall" by Pink Floyd.


Feronia said...

Auf Achse looks brilliant! - just watched the clip. Was this 70s,
80s? Love the bit towards the end when they both give the 'thumbs up'! Thanks Bodecea :)

Stardust said...

I certainly didn't go in and out of the theaters often, but you know what? I've always loved classic beauties like Audrey Hepburn. ;)

Feronia said...

All her films are great...I love Breakfast at Tiffany's too - those giant sunglasses!