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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... she is nearly pretty . He likes to watch her good looks come and go . Were he
to die , how she or their children would manage he doesn't know . They would
watch old movies , but what about the real world ? “ You met a blind
What movie would you watch in your final minutes ? Personally , I'd choose Annie
Hall . ” Kenny , who loved this kind of question , said he'd want to watch a comedy
. “ I'd want to be laughing . Probably The Life of Brian . Or maybe Palm Beach ...
Maybe I'd watch parts from a whole bunch of musicals . The night club scene in
Singin ' in the Rain , and Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse dancing the detective
mystery in The Band Wagon . She was such a good dancer ! I'd watch Judy
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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