When I watch movies (I've said this before) I notice things other people don't. Movies affect me VERY strongly, and I will NOT willingly watch a movie about anything that will devastate me. Orphans, Somalia, extermination camps, slaughter - if it makes most people SAD, it will make me lose my composure, sob, and be depressed for days after.
A boyfriend once took me to see Jurassic Park when it first came out. He looked at me halfway through (sheer terror, the dinosaurs were jumping ON THE STAINLESS STEEL COUNTERS oh shit they are REAL!) and he whispered "they make movies for people like you" Yeah. I get a leetle bit involved, is what I'm saying.
Books too - a good book can have me living in the characters lives for days afterwards.
ANYwhoozle. So, it got me thinking and I have a list of movies you should see (or see AGAIN) because the under-story is so good maybe you didn't notice the first time?
1. Breakfast at Tiffany's:
Holly's walk-O-shame, the morning after a 'date'
This is emphatically NOT the movie you thought it was (possibly). Holly Golightly's real name was 'Lula Mae Barnes'. She was a child of the depression (in the book anyway), one of many kids on a dirt farm. She was very close to her brother, 'Fred'. She was 'sold off' in marriage to 'Doc' (Buddy Epson in the movie) when she was 14-years old. He was an old man already. She took care of his MANY existing children and was his work-horse wife until she ran away at 17? 18? to go to New York and escape the poverty. (He wasn't abusive to her unless you count that she was 14 fucking years old). She became what the author (Truman Capote) describes as an American Geisha - she dates much older men and they pay her $50 to use the restroom (back in the days when there was a maid in the bathroom to tip). This was a nicer way of paying for a 'date' although she looks like a whore to ME. She is desperate to find a way out and is clawing her way through people, looking to marry a rich man. She has almost no posessions, and will not make connections with any other people. Her brother dies and she about looses what is left of her mind. The book ends much differently than the movie - in the book Holly would NEVER have rescued that cat. She was in SURVIVE mode, nothing really all that nice about Holly.
Her boyfriend is a writer with a Sugar Mama (Patricia Neal). Both of these characters are whores disgusted with their lives who find each other.
2. The African Queen:
Hepburn is luminous. Bogart sez 'derrr'
Katherine Hepburn does an AMAZING job of going from the most uptight, religous zealot missionary, stick-up-her-ass spinster to an absolutely free spirit. Short sleeves and open neck (scandal!) no hat, having non-married sex in a boat on a river (SCANDAL!), finding herself as a strong, independent adventure loving HOOT. Sure, the movie is about Germans and Africa and WAR, and (again) the book is pretty different from the movie, but if you watch the beginning seeing her SO UPTIGHT that she would rather sweat buckets than wear anything but a proper English gown, and then watch as she peels her layers off like an onion - so good.
3. Arsenic and Old Lace:
*shudder*Yes, this is a wacky comedy with Cary Grant (good lord is he handsome) but, watch again. His brother is a fucking psychopathic serial killer of a really horrible strain. The friend of the brother, played by Peter Lorre, is a disgraced doctor who performs horrifying ham-fisted plastic surgery on the brother after every grisly murder (and is very into cutting and pain).
This movie is blood curdling for me. It isn't funny and silly, it's a very scary portrayal of a psychopath and his cohort. Me no likey (except Grant is fabulous, and his fiancee is so adorable I could just die.) SURE, hijinks's ensue but seriously. Watch the under-movie.
There are more, I'm sure of it. Have you ever watched a movie and seen what other people don't? (plot-wise, I mean)