I watched another film she did with Vadim directing this week, Don Juan (Or If Don Juan Were A Woman). That was really a satisfying film. It's the Don Juan legend but with Brigette playing the role in modern times. It was filmed in the early seventies and she's amazing. She looks a lot like Angelina Jolie.
I think this may be some of her best acting. (It's in French with subtitles, by the way.) There's a moment where she turns on this man and helps his wife (and seduces the wife as well) and she just handles those sequences so well. You can see her disinterested in the wife and then see that change as the husband treats the wife cruelly.
I didn't care for the ending. I didn't hate it but I would have preferred something with her being more active (the ending does to her character, if that makes sense -- I'm trying not to spoil the film).
She's just really amazing in it. I'd only seen a few films by Vadim before, by the way. I saw And God Created Woman . . . and his remake of that. On the remake, I remember the colors being just spellbinding but not thinking much about the film otherwise. I need to see it again because that was years ago. In addition to those two, I also saw The Game Is Over starring Jane Fonda and loved it so much I bought it on DVD. I have Barbarella on DVD because my cousing Marcia gave it to me last year on my birthday. (She loves Barbarella.) And, on TV, I saw Spirits of the Dead which is an anthology and he directs the one where Peter Fonda turns into a horse. (I couldn't follow the story but I'm guessing it was butchered for TV.)
But seeing Don Juan, I really want to see more of his films. He's really talented.
I didn't realize how much so.
Marcia gave me no DVDs this year. (My birthday was this week.) She gave me a ton of candy, a ton of popcorn, a ton of sodas. She came over and I was thinking that was great and all. And it was. But she always gets me a movie. So finally, we're in my place, and I say she's provided enough for an entire concession stand (and she had) so maybe we should watch a movie. She said great. I asked her to check my shelf and she does and says "She Done Him Wrong." Huh? I don't have that Mae West film. She tells me it's on Netflix. And I say I'll order it for next time and she does this mock whine (this story does have a point) of "I want to see it now!!!!"
Why don't I stream it, she asks and I remind her I have dial up.
She then said she couldn't play along any longer and dug in to one of the containers and pulls out this box that has a DSL modem. She tells me what it is and says, "This isn't from me. I just wanted to be here to help you install it and to watch with you." Well the concession stand was too much so she didn't need to get me anything else.
But she said C.I. asked if I had dial up because I just trusted it or because I was watching the money. It's the latter so C.I. gave me DSL for my birthday which was so sweet. I have it for two years. :D So Marcia got the thing installed in about seven minutes and then we popped the popcorn and watched She Done Him Wrong via Netflix streaming and I still made a point to blog. I didn't even miss my blogging. (Nor did Marcia.)
If you have dial-up, you've probably noted how badly you're treated these days. Forget the New York Times, that's my attitude. They've got so much junk on their pages that it takes forever to load. CBS can do that as well. There are whole sites that I've avoided.
And Democracy Now!? Someone tell Amy Goodman to pull those videos from the home page. She may think that helps but it doesn't if you have dial-up. It took forever to get a page to load there. Which is one reason I don't even follow it anymore.
But it's so amazing because it's so fast. It's even faster than it is at my work (where we have DSL). And ten days from now, it's going to be even faster. (Something about the modem and after it's been on for 10 days I'll be getting the fastest speed -- which is what C.I. gifted me with.)
It's so great. I just couldn't get over the change. I got a new computer last year and for the first six or so months it zipped pretty good but then not so much. So I was mainly using the laptop but now I've got both hooked up to the DSL and can drive all over the internet. :D
Okay, that's enough. Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"