Our fine four-fendered friend

Mar 14, 2010 20:36

For my sixth graders' music class, I just previewed Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (chosen as much visual gags as much as the music). It'd been years since I'd seen it, and there's a whole lot that maturity (and subtitles!) let me appreciate for the first time.

In particular, it struck me that as romantic duets go, this is awfully fun:

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It's got humor, lots of visual interest, and the extra complication that they're masquerading as dolls and can only respond so much, thus sidestepping potential mushiness.

Also, I vaguely knew that Ian Fleming wrote the book the film was based on, but I had no idea Roald Dahl co-wrote the screenplay. That... explains a lot. Who else first saw Grima Wormtongue in LOTR and thought of the Child Catcher?

(Have I mentioned that I love musicals? I pretty much love musicals, particularly the big spectacles of the 60's and early 70's. The Music Man is my absolute favorite, followed by Mary Poppins. I'm a sucker for colorful ensemble dance scenes and clever lyrics, plus of course real characters with actual arcs, which were previously somewhat lacking.)

in my world everyone bursts into song

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