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?