Some things I’ve learned at the movies
Who says movies aren’t educational? I’ve learned a lot, frivolous and otherwise, while watching the big screen:
1) That everyone should have his/her own theme music (Dr. Zhivago, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka)
2) How to brown mushrooms, (do not crowd skillet), brown meat (pat it dry first) and chop onions (Julie & Julia)
3) How to crack an egg (decisive wrist action) (Sabrina)
4) How to make gnocchi (The Godfather, Part III)
5) How best to slice garlic (with a razor blade) ( GoodFellas)
6) How to modernize a frock by ripping off frou-frou (A Letter to Three Wives, Bells Are Ringing)
7) How to apply lipstick (Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, Bonjour, Tristesse, Lost in Translation)
8) The erotic value of backlighting (every Marlene Dietrich/Joseph von Sternberg film, particularly Blonde Venus)
9) How to kiss (Notorious, Roman Holiday, Rear Window, The Year of Living Dangerously)
10) That the wisecrack is fundamental to flirtation (The Lady Eve, Double Indemnity, The Empire Strikes Back, She’s Gotta Have It)*
* It may be that Barbara Stanwyck is fundamental to flirtation.
What have you learned at the movies? Much as I admire Roger Ebert’s movie glossary, those are tropes, not things that are actually applicable to everyday life.