The day was colder than the last couple. In the apartment, at least.
Son Jason got us stirring with a visit in the early afternoon. He wanted to watch the SF Giants play the Oakland A's. He gave me an alternative, to watch BORN YESTERDAY on TCM. We watched a little of both. When he left, the Giants were ahead, but they lost in the Ninth inning. Judy Holliday, however, is always a winner and immortal -- as are William Holden and Broderick Crawford -- in Garson Kanin's satire on the machinations of American Congressional Politics. I reflected that, as Billie (Holliday) discovers in her crash course from her tutor (Holden), War Profiteer Harry Brock (Crawford) is really trying to engineer a Cartel through his bribery of Congressmen. Audiences recognized that the defeat of Cartels was one of the reasons given for fighting the Axis in World War II. Unfortunately, we've forgotten, and the World -- with the United States in the forefront -- is happily (as well as sadly and disastrously) forming Cartels at a furious pace.
In the early evening, I watched the new Arron Sorkin HBO Series, THE NEWS ROOM, with Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer, about a tired old Network Anchor who gets religion. The opening (widely seen) speech by Daniels about why America is no longer The Greatest Nation on Earth pretty well lived up to its publicity, but the rest of the show was rather dull. The characters seemed to be improvising a lot, and the very strong hook of the BP Gulf oil spill seemed distant. One hopes that subsequent episodes pick up. Perhaps that is why Jane Fonda, the former Mrs. Ted Turner, playing a Press Baroness, is being held in reserve for a few weeks. Ms. Fonda has often been pure electricity on the screen.
Later in the evening, again on TCM, I watched Lon Chaney, Sr.'s 1928 LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH, with a glowing 14 year-old Loretta Young as his leading lady. I had never seen the film, which entirely enthralled me with its simple tale of a team of clowns in Italy, who rescue a little orphan girl from a riverside and raise her as their own. When she grows up, the ageing Flic (Chaney) realizes his romantic love for Simonetta (Young), now a high wire entertainer, about the same time an Italian womanizing Count (Nils Asther) spys her. Flic can't stop weeping and the Count can't stop laughing. That makes for an ironic tragic ending.
Lon Chaney is one of the few consumate artists in Movies, no matter what the material.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE: The Washington Post is publishing tomorrow a report that 34 Congresspeople, both Republican and Democrat, bailed out of stock holdings just before the Stock Market crashed in 2008. (Now) Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell, and Democratic Senator Kent Conrad (Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee) were among those whose families profited in the beginning of our Great Recession by dumping their stock holdings.
Macresarf1 would write no more this day.
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