Thursday, July 15, 2010

The 100 Best Movies: #69

69. Auntie Mame (1958)

This is just a fun film with a great philosophy. Rosiland Russell repeats her Tony Award-winning stage role as Patrick Dennis' eccentric, bohemian Auntie Mame. This is truly a classic performance (from one of film history's most underrated actresses) that was perfectly captured on film. The story begins with the young Patrick Dennis being brought to live with his aunt after the death of his father in the late 1920's. Mame is wild, fun and completely different from anything Patrick has ever known. The film goes through his life with her from his boyhood all the way up to his college days and his potential marriage to the type of East Coast woman his father always wanted him to marry. The movie is filled with colorful characters and charming supporting performances especially from Forrest Tucker as Mame's southern billionaire beau/husband, Coral Browne as Mame's pretentious actress friend and Peggy Cass (who is hilarious onscreen repeating her stage role) as Mame's frumpy secretary. Mame's eccentric behavior and style stems from her philosophy that "Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" So it becomes her goal to teach Patrick (and all around her) how to "LIVE!" It is a great message from a fantastic film.

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