And whilst he may not claim superiority by reason of learning, I myself must not withhold that need of homage that learning, wherever it resides, always commands

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The Women


The Women
was released in 1939, the same year as The Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind, and, er... World War II. It's hard not to think of those things when watching it.

However, as a veritable tsunami of one liners sweep over you, you'll quickly ignore '39's long shadows, as you try to keep pace with George Cukor's firecracker comedy.

The women of The Women. Norma Shearer is such a drag as devoted wife Mary Haines it's hard not to root for a radiant Joan Crawford's mercenary shop girl, Crystal Allen ("There's a name for you ladies, but it isn't used in high society... outside of a kennel.") Roaslind Russell is a hoot as waspish Mrs. Howard Fowler (the scene between her and her "exercise instructress" is a marvel;

Exercise instructress: Arms flat. Crawl slowly up the wall...
Sylvia Fowler: The way you say that makes me feel like vermin.
Exercise instructress: That shouldn't be much effort. I mean, crawling up the wall.

It's not all dialogue: there's a spectacular fashion show set piece shot in colour, and then there's the fact the entire cast is comprised of women: not a single man appears on screen. But as Mary Cecil's Maggie says, "You can't trust none of 'em no further than I can kick this lemon pie."

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I believe that just as everyone inherits a particular form so does he inherit the particular characteristics and qualities of his progenitors, and to make this admission is to conserve one's energy

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There's more to life than increasing its speed

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A man of few words will rarely be thoughtless in his speech; he will measure every word

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& Life
Rewound: 1997

"I'd be a fool to surrender when I know I can be a contender
If everybody's a sinner then everybody can be a winner..."

Watch C U When U Get There, by Coolio, who has died aged 59.

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