There were so many things I loved about it including the old style Hollywood houses, the costumes and the lively heroine, but my two favourite things were the relationship between the dog and the star of the show and the smile of the leading actor.
Here's how he looks in the film (left) and in real life (right).
Well, it IS Monday and as Mary Poppins says, 'a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. In a most delightful way.'
Don't say I never do anything for you.
When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I loved the style of silent movies. It was the interiors and costumes which captivated me. The stand out star, for me, was Theda Bara (anagram of Arab Death) aka The Vamp.
I had a 1930s velvet jumpsuit which had the label VAMP. It was very Greta Garbo in Queen Christina, with a white starched voile collar. I lost the jumpsuit along the way, but retained the label.
The minute I got my own room (aged 16) I started on the decor. By the time I got to Uni, here is what my room looked like. Since it was the 80s, my perfume of choice was Opium!
|The gold and white fabric was a sari of my mother's.
I've had this kaftan since I was four or five. It was bought in a souk in Kuwait in the early 70s. In my teens I wore it with a vengeance. On this occasion my parents were dragging us out to a fancy dress party with them. I wore what I was going to anyway, and said I was going as Cleopatra.
Plus ca change.
I am clearly a method actor. Just not sure whether my role was Theda Bara or sulky teenager.
There's only one possible soundtrack to this post and it is Siouxsie Sioux and Arabian Knights.