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Feb 15, 2007 6:35 pmJudy Holliday#

Debra Shiveley Welch
I know that this isn't about politics, but I just had to post on this.

I'm sitting at my computer, trying to mellow out. You see, I have to read an essay that will go on the web, and I'm very aggitated. I can feel my blood pressure going up. I'm scared!

I'm sitting here, fussing, trying to get into a more zen mode and "Born Yesterday" with Judy Holliday comes on.

Within minutes I feel a calming sensation. I'm distracted, I'm entertained, I'm having fun.

How many times have you turned to movies when you were upset? How often have they been your "therapist?"

Just thought I'd ask...

Debra-Author of "A Very Special Child"; co-author "Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams"

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Feb 16, 2007 1:52 amre: Judy Holliday#

Linda J. Alexander http://www.lindajalexander.net

Debra:

I know what you mean. So many films indeed bring about moods, create moods, take you to other places.

A current example for me is DREAM GIRLS. I was absotively blown away w/that film. I don't recall ever being so taken in by a movie. The way they integrated the music--& oh, the music it was!!--really caught me up in the story.

Jennifer Hudson just plain stole that show. I nearly forgot Beyonce was in it, as talented as she is. Her singing gave me chills & that middle scene was a show-stopper. How often does an audience give a star's name a standing ovation when the credits roll?

I was happy all night after I left the theatre. That mood stuck w/me, & it was well-worth the admission price to feel that way.


Blessings -- Linda

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Feb 16, 2007 2:12 amre: re: Judy Holliday#

Debra Shiveley Welch
I haven't seen DREAM GIRLS yet, and can't wait to do so!

I remember almost every film I watched after my mother died...and how they would make me forget for a while.

I'm just so in love with movies.

Debra-Author of "A Very Special Child"; co-author "Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams"

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Feb 16, 2007 8:38 amre: Escape in Movies#

Glorinda Marie
Hi Debra & Linda,
How are you lovely ladies doing? I have not seen "DreamGirls" yet but am looking forward to it. now that I read you wonderful review.

I know what you mean about escaping through movies! When I was a little girl I use to escape in Shirley Temple movies. It was the one thing my mom and I could watch together and really enjoy. She would iron on a Sunday afternoon as we watched together - then i would get up and imitae the song and dance routine.

It would just crack her up - and to remember that luminous joy on her face reminds me of why I wanted to be an actress now. - awe shux - i got something in my eye.

Anyway - hope you are both doing well. I'm living in LA right now - just taking as many classes and workshops as I can - networking. It's almost like starting over from San Francisco. What a jungle down here! But, I'm loving (nearly) every minute of it.

All the best,
Glorinda

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Feb 16, 2007 1:22 pmre: re: Escape in Movies#

Debra Shiveley Welch
Hi, Glordina! Sounds like you are doing well.

One of my few happy memories from childhood, was going to the movies with my mother. It didn't happen often, but it was magic when it did.

We'd go to The Palace, or the Southern Theater, Lowe's or the Ohio Theater. All of them were lovely, but the Southern and the Palace were elegant.

I'd go into the Ladies and The Palace, and it would have a huge entry with dressing tables and lighted mirrors. Vending machines would dispense small, "gold" tubes of lipstick. I remember once getting one of Baby Pink. It cost a quarter.

We'd go down to the theater, select a seat and wait for the movie beneath elegant, crystal chandeliers. The cartoon would come on, then the newsreel, followed by Coming Attractions...and then the movie!

Two stand out in my mind the most: "Pillow Talk" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." The latter especially was fun, because the audience clapped their hands, stomped their feet and actually gave Debbie Reynolds and Standing O after her raucous dance during the Brown's party where they introduce their "Royal Flush," and performed "He's My Friend."

It was magical.

Debra-Author of "A Very Special Child"; co-author "Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams"

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Feb 16, 2007 2:42 pmre: re: Escape in Movies#

Linda J. Alexander http://www.lindajalexander.net
Glorinda:

What a beautiful, magical story! I would encourage you to write that up as an essay & post it -- on content sites maybe, on a blog, wherever. It's so visual & special, & easily evokes memory & thought in your readers. You have a very touching talent. I'm sure your mom would be thrilled at your memories.

It's good to hear from you. I know you've been busy & had a lot going on in your life. Same goes here. I recently returned from Louisiana. My husband's mother passed away. It's been a bit of hurry & catch up ever since.

I'm going to post about your "Widow Maker" just as soon as I can get my thoughts together all in one place. A great piece of work!


Blessings -- Linda

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Feb 16, 2007 3:05 pmre: re: re: Escape in Movies#

Debra Shiveley Welch
Glorinda, may I have "Widow Maker" too? I don't think you saw my post asking for it when you offered it.

I'm more than happy to pay for it. :-)

Debra-Author of "A Very Special Child"; co-author "Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams"

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Feb 16, 2007 11:24 pmre: re: re: re: Escape in Movies#

John James O'Brien
Love Judy Holiday in "Born Yesterday", and this thread brings back childhood memories. Dur periods of considerable strife, musicals and films became a grounding force, and one that honed my grasp of emotion and complexity...or cold be an already complex guy got a lot out of examining the stories, the emotion expressed in music, etc. I remain an optimist in adversity and attribute that, to some degree, to early years immersed in the world of movie musicals. Was also very lucky to have a mum serving (for a time) on the board of a chapter the American Film Board (or some such--not sure of the actual name) so got to go to these conferences with documentaries in room after room after room...what an amazing experience. Thanks for the memories!

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Feb 16, 2007 11:32 pmre: re: re: re: re: Escape in Movies#

Debra Shiveley Welch
John, I can see where the movies we watched and enjoyed could form us, just as the books we read became an integral part of our psyche as well.

Good points!

Debra-Author of "A Very Special Child"; co-author "Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams"

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Feb 18, 2007 12:37 amre: re: re: re: re: Escape in Movies#

Linda J. Alexander http://www.lindajalexander.net

John:

So glad to see you post here!

I believe movies, if done right, most definitely evoke memories, feelings, senses of our own lives in some way or t'other. That's the power in them, that they can bring about recollections of life in the privacy of our mind.

I'll bet that was fascinating to be able to go to those film conferences w/your mother. Gosh, that would be a version of my idea of paradise!


Blessings -- Linda

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Feb 19, 2007 9:47 pmre: Judy Holliday#

Kathy Brown
movies can take you to another place. You become one with the main characters and thus your mind begins to relax. I love to just *get lost* in a movie. One of the greatest therapy's I know of
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