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Auntie Mame ; 1958  ·  Posted by Tallulah

Director: Morton DaCosta
Actors: Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne, Fred Clark, Roger Smith
Country: U.S.A.

One of my friends told me that she wanted to be Auntie Mame. I was a bit confused since I only owned the movie and haven’t watched it yet and made a remark somewhere along the lines of, “Well, Rosalind Russell is quite beautiful and amazing…” When I got back home, I searched through all my films and decided that I must watch it to see why Auntie Mame is so amazing that someone would say that she wants to be her. After watching it, even I said, “I want to be like Auntie Mame!” She has fabulous clothes (duh, it’s Orry-Kelly after all), wit, charm, and intelligence. Not only that, she is open-minded about everything (well, except conservative bourgeois) and she has (had at one point) enough money to redecorate her house often. Although this film isn’t anything groundbreaking or spectacular, I think it’s a fun movie to watch. And who wants to give up the opportunity to see Rosalind Russell in Technicolor? She has aged so well that I was jealous.

What surprised me the most in this film was Patrick’s transformation in the middle; I thought with Auntie Mame’s influences, he would not become what Auntie Mame hated. But of course since this film is a feel good movie, all is well in the end.

This film has such lush colours that the visuals are great. Even the credits were fun to watch, which made me wonder if the late 50s had a thing for vivid colours for credits. Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life has gorgeous credits that have colours that can’t be described.

My final verdict: thumbs up!

IMDb Link: Auntie Mame
Where to buy: Amazon.com

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