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Sex & Aunt Mame

Instyle is featuring the wardrobe of the Sex & The City Movie and one post shows this ensemble worn by Kim catrall and is accompanied by this blurb:

Samantha (Kim Cattrall) goes bi-coastal, that is and makes a splashy statement in a yellow Versace dress, Jimmy Choo sandals and Nancy Gonzalez handbag, which matches her pup's leash and collar, custom-made for the movie. "I wanted her to be such a glamour girl in L.A.," says Cattrall. "I wanted her to be like the stars from the '30s and '40s that I think Samantha pays homage to. She has Mae West tendencies—she is an Auntie Mame."

I had a bit of a giggle at that and wonder if Kim is still a bit pissed that she has been made out to be the bad guy for the delay in making the movie or if she has actually seen the movie in a while casue it is a bit of a backwards diss on herself - at least from a pure beauty point of view

Now if you do not know who Aunt Mame was here is a synopsis

Auntie Mame began as a novel by Patrick Dennis (aka Ed Fitzgerald), then was adapted into a long-running Broadway play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. This 1958 film version permits Rosalind Russell to recreate her stage role as Mame Dennis, the flamboyant, devil-may-care aunt of young, impressionable Patrick Dennis. Left in Mame's care when his millionaire father drops dead, young Patrick (Jan Handzlik) is quickly indoctrinated into his aunt's philosophy that "Life is a banquet--and some poor suckers are starving to death." Social-climbing executor Dwight Babcock (Fred Clark) does his best to raise Patrick as a stuffy American aristocrat, but Mame battles Babcock to allow the boy to be as free-spirited as she is. In 1974, Auntie Mame was remade as the filmmusical Mame with Lucille Ball.

Its a great movie - don't get me wrong and the character is pretty flamboyant but I don't think comparing someone to Mae west and then in the same breathe to Aunt Mame can be deemed as the highest of praise - even if you are saying it about yourself

case in point, Mae West in all her bombshell glory

And some stills of the Auntie Mame character

Of course I am reserving judgment till I see the movie - maybe Kim is right

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

First saw the Great Rosalind Russell as Auntie Mame several years ago on TV and fell in love with the movie. It has become one of my all time favorites. Loved her line when she was becomming rapidly broke after the '29 Crash: "Sell everything, keep the Dusenberg." It was the LOOK of affluence she needed. Mame had CLASS.

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