Friday, March 13, 2009

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Paper Moon (1973)

Miss Trixie Delight: Kiddo, I understand how you feel. Well you don't have to worry. One of these days you'll be just as pretty as mademoiselle, maybe prettier.

You already got bone structure. When I was you age I didn't have no bone structure. Took me years to get bone structure. And don't think bone structure's not important. Nobody started to call me mademoiselle 'til I was 17 and getting a little bone structure.

When I was your age I was skinnier than a pole. I never thought I'd have nothing up here.

You're going to have them up there too."

What's so amazing about this string of words falling out of Kahn's mouth one after the other here is the way Kahn makes it clear that Trixie is desperate for each line to be her last, that she'd rather be doing anything in the world rather than having to convince this girl to not toss her into the gutter. And her desperation to keep things civil at least for a little time while she gets what she can from the situation, and her realization that this girl is smarter than her and is not gonna make it easy. She tries playing it from all the angles (this scene goes on much longer than what I quoted here) and then finally just caves, levels with the girl, and works it out with her sad, pathetic truth.

I can't say enough good things about Kahn's performance here... I wish she were in more of the film really... but then isn't that always the case where Madeline Kahn was concerned?

And lastly... bone structure!!!


Ross said...

I love this movie! Madeline is fantastic, Tatum totally deserved her Oscar (although it's too bad she had to beat out Madeline to get it), and Ryan is just fucking adorable.

Jason Adams said...

I didn't realize she beat Madeline! Thief! Thief!

Jason Adams said...

Also, Ryan was totally fucking adorable! The boyfriend turned to me mid-movie and asked if someone could splice together this movie with Bonnie & Clyde to get a love-story between Ryan and Warren Beatty in their Depression-era costumes, and I almost fainted at the thought of that. Mmmhmm.

Ross said...

Only if we can add a bukakke scene at the end. I want to see Warren get shot up with something other than bullets.

Prospero said...

I was never so saddened by the passing of a star as I was ms. Kahn's. Her skills as an actress and comedienne were incredibly underrated. In her film debut, "What's Up, Doc?" she outshines Streisand in almost every scene. I was lucky enough to see her on Broadway in "On the 20th Century," where she won a much deserved standing ovation. There will never be another like her. And don't even get me started about "Young Frankenstein."

Anonymous said...

Aw. I miss Madeline Kahn so.