Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Happy in the Rain
Are you happy in the rain?
Date: Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Pacific Daylight Saving Time
Are you doing rope skipping in the rain?
Or singing in the rain?
I’m pretty sure that even Gene Kelly would hate this long-lasting on-and-off rain in Vancouver.
How could he sing in the rain in the first place?
I’ve never sung in the rain.
Have you, Diane?
I wonder what made Gene Kelly feel like singing in the rain.
I’ve seen the movie a couple of times, but I don’t remember why he felt like singing in the rain.
I checked with Wikipedia, which doesn’t tell why.
So I get into the lyrics:
I’m singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin’
I’m happy again
I’m laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun’s in my heart
And I’m ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I’ve a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Singin’ in the rain
Dancin’ in the rain
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
I’m happy again!
I’m singin’ and dancin’ in the rain!
I’m dancin’ and singin’ in the rain…
Why am I smiling
And why do I sing?
Why does September
Seem sunny as spring?
Why do I get up
Each morning and start?
Happy and head up
With joy in my heart
Why is each new task
A trifle to do?
Because I am living
A life full of you.
I see… I see… Don Lockwood (played by Gene Kelly) sang in the rain because he was living a life full of Kathy Selden (played by Debbie Reynolds).
However, that singing turned into a disaster.
How come?…. you may ask.
Well, Wikipedia says that, when Gene Kelly sang the title song while twirling an umbrella, splashing through puddles and getting soaked to the skin, Kelly got sick with a 103 °F (39 °C) fever.
The rain in the scene caused Kelly’s wool suit to shrink during filming.
Even when you feel like singing in the rain, therefore, never act like Gene Kelly because you get sick with a 39°C fever.
I don’t think you would do such a foolish thing.
So much for singing in the rain.
Because of the long-lasting on-and-off rain, I watched a film called “A Royal Affair” instead of singing in the rain.
And I’ve just finished my article:
…hope you’ll enjoy it.
Your smiling and romantic Bohemian,
with a lot of love as always…
Kato, you don’t like singing in the rain, do you?
No, not a bit. How could you possibly sing in the rain? As I wrote in the email, Gene Kelly got sick with a 39°C fever because he sang in the rain over and over again. Diane, I don’t think you would do such a foolish thing. Would you?
Well…, actually, I think the rain can be wonderful and I’ve sung and danced in it many, many times.
Diane, you must be kidding.
You see, Kato, it all comes down to how happy you are. when I’m happy it doesn’t matter the weather.
But…, but …, you get sick with a 39°C fever when you sing in the rain again and again, don’t you?
That would be even nicer with a romantic fever.
Diane, are you out of your mind? If worse comes to worst, you catch pneumonia and go to hell.
Kato, be romantic and enjoy your life.
But.., but…, I can’t enjoy life if I catch pneumonia after singing in the rain.
Anyway, I’ve not been doing much of that dancing and singing in the rain lately.
That’s good. That way, you remain healthy and well.
Kato, I thought you were a romantic person because you always write at the end of your email—“Your smiling and romantic Bohemian, Kato, with a lot of love as always…”
Oh yes … I AM a romantic guy.
Are you? Really?
Oh, you bet on that. In fact, I viewed the following movie, instead of singing in the rain.
■“Actual Catalogue Page”
I see… So, you watched “The umbrellas of Cherbourg” on December 7 and then jotted down your comment as usual, didn’t you?
Yes, I did.
■“DVD Catalogue Page”
My comment is as follows:
This is a 1964 French musical film directed by Jacques Demy.
Its famous theme music was written by Michel Legrand.
The film dialogue is all sung as recitative, even the most casual conversation.
Jacques Demy has turned the basic drama of everyday life into a gripping opera full of bittersweet passion and unforgettablel charm, featuring a timeless performance from Catherine Deneuve.
I seldom cry while watching movies, but on this one my tears came out at the somewhat-happy-yet-melancholic-and-thought-provoking end.
I see… So, you even cried after seeing the unfulfilled Love story, didn’t you?
You’re telling me, Diane.
Tell me, Kato, what makes you cry so much.
I’ll show you the trailer.
It looks like a romantic movie, but I don’t understand how come you shed tears.
Well …, in that case, I show you the plot here:
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Madame Emery and her beautiful 16-year-old daughter Geneviève sell umbrellas at their tiny boutique in the coastal town of Cherbourg in Normandy, France, in the late 1950s.
Guy is a handsome young auto mechanic who lives with, and cares for, his sickly aunt, godmother Elise.
Guy and Geneviève are deeply in love.
They want to get married, and they want to name their first child “Francoise”.
Madeleine is the quiet, shy, dedicated young caregiver who looks after Guy’s aunt.
Madeleine also has feelings for Guy, but has not expressed this.
Suddenly Guy is drafted and must leave to become a soldier in the Algerian War.
The night before Guy leaves, he and Geneviève pledge their undying love.
Then they make love for the first time and the very next day, Guy leaves.
After a couple of months it becomes clear that Geneviève is pregnant.
She writes to Guy, but she feels abandoned when Guy writes back very infrequently.
Her mother tells her this is a sign that Guy has forgotten her, and she should give up on him.
Geneviève has another suitor in Roland Cassard, a quiet, kind, young Parisian jeweler, who is very wealthy, and who wants to marry her even after he finds out that she is carrying another man’s child.
Cassard had previously unsuccessfully wooed a certain woman.
He relates a version of this story to Madame Emery, who repeatedly urges Geneviève to be sensible and embrace a secure future with Cassard.
Geneviève finally decides she will accept Roland.
They are married in a great cathedral, but Geneviève does not seem happy with her choice.
Guy returns from the war
Guy returns with a slight limp from an injury.
He learns that the umbrella store has been sold, and that Geneviève got married and left Cherbourg.
As a returning serviceman, Guy has difficulties trying to continue with his previous life.
He argues with his boss, quits his job, and goes to drink in a seedy port bar.
He spends the night with a friendly prostitute named Jenny, who in the morning reveals that her name is actually Geneviève.
Then, when he returns to his apartment, he discovers a distraught Madeleine, who tells him tearfully that his godmother died the night before.
Guy sees that Madeleine loves him, and he cleans up his life with her encouragement.
With an inheritance from his aunt, he is able to finance a new “American-style” Esso gas station.
He asks Madeleine to marry him, and she accepts, though she first wonders if he is asking her out of despair at Geneviève’s actions.
Christmas Eve 1963
Guy is now managing the couple’s Esso station.
He is happily married, with his loving wife Madeleine and their little son François.
Madeleine and François go for a short walk, leaving Guy briefly, after which a new Mercedes pulls into the station.
The mink-clad driver turns out to be a sophisticated and wealthy Geneviève, accompanied by her (and Guy’s) daughter Françoise, who remains in the car.
Shocked to see each other, they go inside the station to talk.
Geneviève explains that this is the first time she has been to Cherbourg since her marriage, and she is only in town on a detour.
She also explains that her mother died the previous autumn.
It is apparent that her rich husband and her daughter Françoise are the only family she has left.
She has had no children with Cassard.
The two converse while Geneviève’s car is being filled with gas.
When Geneviève asks Guy if he wants to meet their daughter, he declines.
With restrained emotion, they part.
As the film ends, Guy greets his wife with a kiss and plays very happily with his son in the snow.
SOURCE: “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Now, I hope, you know how come I cried for joy at the end of the movie.
Well … at least I can tell that you wouldn’t catch pneumonia as long as you stay in the library watching movies.
Wow! What a lovely musical it is!
The above movie shakes my back bone with romance, excitenment and amazement.
How abou you?
Have you seen the above movie yet?
I enjoyed the above love theme to the hilt.
There are some other interesting movies in the above list.
For example, look at Number 639 in the above list.
It is called “Key Largo.”
Kato jotted down his comment as follows:
This is a 1948 film noir directed by John Huston, adapted by Richard Brooks and Huston from Maxwell Anderson’s 1939 play of the same name.
It is a gripping, thrilling and suspenseful movie with an emotional, revealing and dramatic climax, in which Robinson’s alcoholic former moll, ex-nightclub singer “Gaye Dawn”, played by Claire Trevor, is forced to sing a song before he will allow her to have a drink.
The song is “Moanin’ Low”—about a woman who’s trapped in a relationship with a very cruel man.
While singing, Gaye realizes that that’s exactly her real life situation.
She slowly breaks down, and her voice falters and she sings off key.
Robinson is dismissive but Bogart pours her a stiff drink, saying, “You deserve this.”
The above comment sounds quite interesting, doesn’t it?
In any case, I hope Kato will write another interesting article soon.
So please come back to see me.
Have a nice day!
Bye bye …
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
■“With Your Tiger”
■“A Second World”
■“Stanley 125 Years”
■“Sushi @ the Globe”
■“Peace@Syria & Pentagon”
■“Happy New Year”
■“Merange & Sabina”
■“Beauty in Spa”
■“Love @ e-reading”
■“Love & Loyalty”
■“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”
■“Life with Music”
■“Biker Babe & Granny”
Hi, I’m June Adams.
I like animation, too, and enjoyed the following movie: “The Illusionist.”
Kato jotted down his comment:
This is a 2010 British-French animation film directed by Sylvain Chomet.
The film is based on an unproduced script written by French mime, director and actor Jacques Tati in 1956.
Tati wrote the script of The Illusionist and intended to make it as a live action film with his daughter.
It was written as a personal letter to his estranged eldest daughter, Helga Marie-Jeanne Schiel, whom he had abandoned when she was a baby.
So, it’s not a romance but more like the relationship between a dad and a daughter.
In the film Alice discovers the affection of a handsome young man.
Once the illusionist sees them walking together, he opts to leave her with money and move on.
His final message is a letter that says “Magicians do not exist.”
Alice subsequently moves in with her new boyfriend.
The illusionist releases the rabbit on the verdant hillside of Arthur’s Seat, where many other rabbits are seen.
To the eyes of the illusioninst, therefore, Alice and the rabbit are the same.
He sets both of them free.
It is a tender, contemplative and somewhat poetic film.
…sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
Why don’t you see it?
■『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』