This is a quixotic tale about movie love. Harriet Browning is so saturated with old movies, seen repeatedly and swallowed whole, that she no longer fits into this world. Equally addicted are her three companions-of-the-screen: a son who loves Frank Sinatra, a daughter with Bette Davis eyes, and an earthy sidekick named after Dinah Shore. Breaking in upon this quiet backwater come two refugees from Hollywood, the jaded widow of a famous screenwriter and her movie-expert stepson. They are Harsh Reality. With them come blackouts, arguments, accidents, illness, and sudden death. But what chance does real life stand when we can watch movies instead? In this brilliant, sad-eyed comedy of secondhand desire, movies and movie lovers come first.
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But how to rent the movie again right away without appearing to be what she was
? A lunatic ? She would control herself . She would be indirect . She would read
the book . “ Ah , ” laughed Lew as he passed her reading in bed , “ the movie ...
It isn't the best movie but the ending was so sad I cried . ” For once movies and
movie talk were serving a practical purpose . She was cutting his hair rapidly now
. “ What was the ending ? ” “ You don't remember ? " He was incredulous .
... and a spacious stage that for years was home not just to movies but to the
Tremblay concert series , which brought to ... of the Movie Kiss ; The Cowboy as
Lover ; The Rise and Fall of Joel McCrea ; The Best Bedroom Scenes in the
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Elizabeth Hay introduces her novel with an epigraph from legendary film critic, Pauline Kael: “We will never know the extent of the damage that movies are doing to us.” That brilliantly sets the ... Read full review
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Not about Garbo, but vintage b&w films play a part. Hay always delivers a good story filled with human insights and poignancy Read full review