Feb. 18th, 2010

randy_byers: (blonde venus)
It turns out that I've already seen at least one thing that Ida Lupino directed. It's "The Producer" -- one of the few episodes of Gilligan's Island that I remember plot details from. It's the one where Phil Silvers plays a castaway producer who puts on a production of Hamlet with songs set to tunes from Carmen. One of the gags I remember is that he casts Gilligan in a female role, and there's a shot of Gilligan shaking his head saying, "I won't do it. I won't do it. I won't do it." On the third shake of his head, there's a cut leaving him dressed in women's clothes as he finishes the gesture. As a kid watching the show in reruns I thought this was terribly funny. Little did I suspect that there was a historical dimension to the joke, when you consider that in Shakespeare's time only men could play female characters.

Lupino directed a lot of TV, including other shows I've watched such as The Twilight Zone, so it's entirely possible that I've seen more of her directoral work. I just think it's funny that she directed the most memorable episode of Gilligan's Island, of all things. How do you get there from film noir? Although I think her parents may have been music hall performers in Britain.

QOTD

Feb. 18th, 2010 04:31 pm
randy_byers: (2009-05-10)
Here's one for the mothers and fathers out there:

The remarkable poet Lucille Clifton was asked, at a reading I attended, 'Why are your poems always short?' Ms. Clifton replied, 'I have six children, and a memory that can hold about twenty lines until the end of the day.'

-- Barbara Kingsolver, "Civil Disobedience at Breakfast" (quoted in comments on TNC's blog)

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