Monday, December 06, 2004

Auntie Mame

Patrick Dennis is orphaned in Chicago and his wealthy father leaves him in the care of his wealthy and eccentric Aunt Mame, in New York City.

Mame Dennis lives in a fantastic 1920s duplex apartment in Beekman Place with her servant, and hosts parties for all of the most important, creative and influential minds of the time. Ambassadors, poets, actresses, writers, psychologists, dancers, and intellectuals of every stripe are having a spectacular time when Patrick arrives at the door with his suspicious, protective maid.

Mame introduces Patrick ("my darling Patrick") to most of the finer things a party house has to offer: fishberry jam, bathtub gin, and a relaxed attitude towards sex. Patrick absorbs it all as any boy would and their adventures with The Great Depression, battling bankers, choosing private schools, making and losing friends and careers, and building an enduring love makes this one of the best movies ever made.

Rosalind Russell stars as Mame Dennis, and Forrest Tucker and Peggy Cass make appearances.

Auntie Mame includes one of the best Christmas scenes ever made, and I dare anyone to tell me they did not weep just before Boregard arrives and leaves a taxi meter running "in the middle of the Depression."

If you have not seen Auntie Mame, you do yourself a disservice.

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Auntie Mame

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