14 February 2013
A Man and a Woman's Movie
Didn't plan anything for tonight? You do know it's Valentine's Day? Looking for last minute ideas? I've been served up a mountain of dross from hacks pitching everything from edible dark chocolate panties to red suede Valentine Uggs. Along the way I secured this not at all surprising nugget: 10% of the under 25 crowd would interrupt sex with their partner to check a text message.
I grew up with this 1966 soundtrack playing in the house so despite the, "...whaba-dhabba-dhap" chorus that might seem so dated to you... the music still grabs me by the gonads and my heart. I understand it does the same for some women. "Twitchy" is an expression I seem to remember. A Man and a Woman is available to rent and buy on iTunes. I can't find the original soundtrack but I'll keep looking and report back if found.
The film, which I first saw in 1972 at the Flick movie theater in Colorado Springs, has a little bit of everything. Car crashes, stunt men, Samba, French countryside, cigarettes and Anouk Aimée. It and she would leave a helluva impression -- Mostly, the importance of understatement and restraint despite my short attention span. Everything is about mood and the mood is a love story told very slowly and with death everywhere. Even in bed. It takes its time. Just like you should take yours tonight. Especially if this is your first viewing.
Order this on your iPad, grab a bottle of something with bubbles, order in some Chinese dumplings and see what happens. By the way, you might want to surprise her with a shearling coat. A shearling coat and this movie could set you up for the rest of the year... but only if you put the phone away.