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#31145 - 07/31/16 01:00 AM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: ]
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Lorna, see what you started? grin

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#31146 - 07/31/16 10:28 AM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: Barbara]
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Yes, and I'm soooo glad Austin kept his tapes!

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#31180 - 08/16/16 03:21 AM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: Lorna]
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Here's a happy thought: Florence Foster Jenkins is now playing. Folks, this is one you don't want to miss. It will make you laugh louder and more often than any other movie in recent memory, and it still manages to be rather touching. Meryl Streep never gives a bad performance, but she is dead perfect in the title role. It's a performance you'll never forget. She got surprisingly good support from Hugh Grant as her husband/manager/errand boy/flatterer/interference-runner/cajoler/comforter. Simon Helberg was good as the befuddled young pianist who thought he'd been hired to accompany a real opera singer.

I have an old vinyl LP titled Florence! Foster! Jenkins! Sings!!! which is so awful it makes you laugh out loud. So I was wondering if the movie would use FFJ's own recorded voice -- but no, it's Streep's voice all the way through. And she captures FFJ's ghastly singing "style" perfectly. The audience in my theater applauded at the end.

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#31181 - 08/16/16 01:35 PM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: Barbara]
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Man, have I ever got to start paying attention to the movie listings! I didn't even know this movie was in the works much less completed and now showing. Thanks for the heads-up.

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#31189 - 08/21/16 07:37 AM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: ]
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Oh, what a wonderful movie! I loved every sour note in it! Beautiful performances by everybody. In addition to meeting the vocal demands, Meryl Streep did a wonderful job of keeping your sympathy for a well-meaning but foolish woman. I want to see this one again.

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#31190 - 08/21/16 03:46 PM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: Lorna]
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Amen to that! It's a laugh-out-loud movie that ends up being unexpectedly moving. The men around FFJ saw her as a cash cow, but they gave her what she wanted...except the one thing she wanted the most. No one could give her a voice.

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#31192 - 08/22/16 07:21 PM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: ]
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The first time FFJ sang in the movie (smartly delayed to allow for an adequate build-up), I laughed so hard I had tears running down my cheeks. And what she did later to the Queen of the Night's aria...well, it's indescribable. If Meryl Streep doesn't win every acting award in the book, there ain't no justice. This is the first time I've ever liked Hugh Grant in a movie, but his aging pretty-boy persona was absolutely right for this role.

Disturbing to learn the poor woman had syphilis, contracted, she said, on her wedding night. Even more disturbing to hear she was being treated with mercury and arsenic. Penecillin was discovered back in the 1920s, wasn't it?

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#31193 - 08/23/16 12:57 AM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: Christopher]
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In 1928, yes. But penicillin was not accepted as a treatment for syphilis until 1943, only one year before FFJ died. So she would have been given the standard treatment of mercury and arsenic.

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#31194 - 08/23/16 03:35 PM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: Barbara]
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I didn't get to see this until last night, and what a joy it was to find a movie you could love from beginning to end! Chris, you're not the only one who cried tears of laughter. Streep is amazing, the way she kept her/FFJ's dignity even in her most foolish moments. That scene at the end was very moving, when she fantasized herself singing the music the way it should be sung. Hell of a movie.

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#31195 - 08/23/16 07:19 PM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: Rita]
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You can bet that part of the purpose of that fantasizing scene was to remind the audience that Meryl Streep really can sing. But it probably was true to life. FFJ must have heard herself that way.

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