cinematic bliss


This week, dutch television broadcasted a documentary on the life
and social traumas of Audrey Hepburn. Her humanitarian efforts to
save the world couldn’t really interest me, although I’m sure she was
a real sweet woman. What grabbed me were images and footage of
some of the movies she played in, which I had never seen before.

Movies like ‘The Unforgiven’, ‘Sabrina’, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and
especially the one displayed above (‘Roman Holiday’ 1953) starring
Audrey and a handsome young Gregory Peck seemed intense and
in every way elaborate Hollywood material. But that’s not the point.
The point is: I fell in love with Audrey in the same way Billy Wilder
did. As I learned from this documentary, Wilder once claimed that
he thought Hepburn was kissed on the cheek by God. Audrey
(who did her small part in the Dutch resistance during World War II)
indeed seemed as calm as a lake, yet simultaneously as restless as
a dark forest. Although I haven’t seen it yet, I’d recommend you all
to go out and rent that movie (especially since IMDb rated it 81%,
not a bad score…)

In the same documentary a friend of Audrey’s (a pretty old lady)
of course claimed there was never anyone like her and never will
there be an actress as commited and elegant as, blah blah…
I started thinking of actresses I quite fancy myself and decided to
watch ‘Beautiful Girls’ (Ted Demme, 1996) once again. Uma truly
is devine as the untouchable Andera. IMDb mainly speaks about
Natalie Portman’s efforts in this movie –which are good considering
she was very young then– but Uma rocks the house, from the first
second she walks into cousin Stinky’s bar (Heavy’s Pruitt Taylor
Vince) you just know Timothy Hutton is NEVER going to get that
girl, she is a ghost, a myth (a promise of a better tomorrow).
Rated 71% by the Database, but screw that! This movie cannot
be rated. It’s just an Uma Thurman classic. Tonight I think I’ll either
rent ‘Gattaca’ or ‘Mad Dog and Glory’ again. Quentin T. must be
the luckiest guy in the world to have her phone number…


  1. Posted October 5, 2004 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful Girls… Ja toch! Uma, Nathalie, Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton én Greg Dulli. Beste cast ooit denk ik…

  2. leon.
    Posted October 5, 2004 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Sorry. Maar The Big Lebowski heeft al de beste cast ooit.
    John Turturro. John Goodman. Jeff Bridges. Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Steve Buscemi. Julianne Moore. Jon Polito. Peter Stormare. Ben Gazzara. En Aimee Mann!
    En het is de favoriete film van Pierre Bokma.

    maar goed; heb je die docu toevallig opgenomen, Rufus?

  3. Gyz La Riviere
    Posted October 5, 2004 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Volgens vele moeders uit die tijd was en is Audrey Hepburn de
    mooiste vrouw aller tijden, maar volgens sommige moeders die
    destijds in kroegen hingen en alle mannen was dat Jane Mansfield.

  4. rufus.x
    Posted October 5, 2004 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    nee, niet opgenomen.
    wel gelijk m’n moeder gebeld, zij is ook fan…
    volgens gyz heb je 2 verschillende soorten moeders:
    1. audrey hepburn fans
    2. jane mansfield fans
    waarvan dan de laatste groep een stuk obscuurder is (of per ongeluk sparta fan zijn)

    Leuk dat dat P.B.’s favoriete film is, mijne namelijk ook (daarom ben ik natuurlijk ook ‘de vogel’, vogel!). Mijn favoriete cast, echter, speelt in een remake van ‘12 angry men’ (van bill friedkin) en bestaat uit louter mannen. Fonda wordt in deze film gespeeld door Jack Lemmon (Odd Couple). Zelfs Tony Danze (Who’s the Boss) schittert. Verder Ossie Davis, James Gandolfini en Edward James Olmos (de enige man waar Crocket en Tubbs echt respect voor hadden!)

  5. rufus.k
    Posted October 5, 2004 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh… gyz had het zelf ook al gezet. Te moeilijk!
    en oh ja, het is natuurlijk tony dan-ZA, dat ging gewoon even fout…

  6. nico
    Posted October 6, 2004 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    ik ben een wannabe Uma! … ik geef het toe.

  7. Posted October 11, 2004 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    en voor de liefhebber staat onder mijn URL nog een geweldige afbeelding van deze ‘babe’ online. Geniaal…