Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Life is a Banquet!

In honor of the upcoming holiday, I thought it might be appropriate to recommend a movie that will make us all feel better about our own crazy families, Auntie Mame, based on the book by Patrick Dennis. The most famous tag line of the movie comes from Mame Dennis herself, "Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" And she certainly lives life to the fullest!

One of the best parts of the movie and the reason so many creative people love it is the interiors! George James Hopkins was nominated for an Oscar for his set decoration and if you've ever seen the movie, you'll know why. They are integral to the story and sometimes, completely over the top. Two weeks after her nephew Patrick Dennis comes to live with her, Mame has redecorated. Out goes the over the top Chinoiserie and in comes the pale blue walls and modern art.

Mame's outfits and hairstyles are also ever changing and worth watching for. They too become an extra character in the movie!

The most hilarious decoration comes courtesy of her decorator Yule Oolu and I won't ruin it for you but it's very modern. I wish there were more photos available online since these are only a small glimpse into the chicest movie. I will warn you that Rosalind Russell's voice can be at times a little grating and it is almost two and a half hours long but it you love great design, this movie is for you. It will also make you realize how normal your family really is! Happy Holidays!

17 comments:

Hallie said...

I adore this movie! One of my all time favorites, not to be missed!

Michael Wesley said...

I just love this movie. I wish I had a Auntie Mame

Habitually Chic said...

Hallie, it's one of my favorites too! I love watching it over the holidays!

Habitually Chic said...

Michael, my grandmother was a bit eccentric but nothing like Mame. I love the sort of moral at the end about loving your family no matter if they are actually related or how crazy you think they are! It's the best!

Anonymous said...

It's a wanna-be movie!
Nothing there, unless you are a wanna-be!

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The Pickled Hutch said...

This is a classic and one of my all time favorites. One to always pop out during the holidays!

Allison said...

I have never seen the movie, but will enjoy watching over the holidays.

Allegra said...

My favorite movie of all time!!
Wish a little Auntie Mame lived in all of us -- a small dose of divine irreverance, tremendous style and tolerance!

Suzy said...

Thanks for the recommendation, I'll have to check it out next time I'm at the video store.

MyLittleCorner said...

My favorite! I will make note of watching this again when hubbie is away next week.

Fab decor indeed.

Brilliant Asylum said...

This is such a stylish film and the live musical was just as cool. It made a HUGE impression on me as a youngster. Great post!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Definitely on the "must have" list for design devotees.

maison21 said...

a true classique!

halcyon said...

I love the way she gave that withering "LIIIIITLE GLOOOOOOORY"

and Glory's "I can't TELL you how pleased I am pleased to make your ACQUAINTANCE!"

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Babs said...

Top Drawer!

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