Friday, March 30, 2018

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Martha: You sigh a lot, don't you? In nursing school
they taught us that people who sigh a lot are unstable.
Is that your problem?
Myrtle: No! I was just thinkin' about your brother;
and how handsome he looked in that toupee I gave him.
He lied to you.
Martha: I don't believe it, he never lies to me!
Myrtle: I think he's a little bit afraid of you,
that's probably why he never married before.
I think I'm gonna have to show him what to do!
Martha: You must think you're an authority!
Myrtle: Well I am pregnant!
Martha: Not only are you pregnant, you are disgusting!
You're the hottest bitch I've ever seen!
Shirley Stoler, so spectacular in this, one of my favorite films, was born on this day in the year 1929. Surprisingly this was her very first movie role! I mean... you can tell. She's not exactly elbowing Laurence Olivier outta the way with this performance. But she's transfixing all the same - she's got IT, know what I mean? I still haven't seen Lina Wertmüller's 1975 WWII film Seven Beauties, which just had a revival here in NYC recently, but she's apparently quite something in that too as a "repulsive, whip-carrying concentration camp commandant." And then of course...

... she played Mrs. Steve on Pee-wee's Playhouse, which was when I first fell in love. You should read through her bio at IMDb, although the very first line - "Her homely, pudding face was Laughtonesque in style, incapable of warmth much less a smile." - is a bit much! "Pudding Face"? Jeez. Anyway she had quite an astonishing career - one perfectly suited to my interests. I mean she chopped Alec Bladwin's fingers off with a machete in Miami Blues! She played the bartender in Frankenhooker, for god's sake...

In related news the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn 
is screening Frankenhooker next month!
They're doing a big Frank Henenlotter series! Brain Damage too!

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