My OCD has taken a strange turn this week- I have become obsessed with the book by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women. My obsession has taken bordering on mentally ill proportions.
Its started with my sons own fixation ( I use the term lightly as he probably watched the film about 60 times in last 2 weeks.. it is also on my mp3 player and phone.. he is in LOVE with Dorothy and rehearses Scarecrow’s dance moves.. a lot.) this spurred me to think of some other glorious technicolor moves of my youth and for some reason Little Women popped into my head.
We watched the June Allyson version on the weekend. My kids feel asleep at the 45 minute mark and couldn’t stop it.. I had to see the end . I couldn’t remember if Jo and Laurie hook up.
I re-watched it the next day with kids.. and cried all over again during two key scenes. yes the movie is hokey- June Allyson drives me nuts but man, I love that story! I do get this weird feeling sometimes that some one is playing a joke on movie goers and Jo is being payed as a lesbian. I am not trying to be funny- if you watch the movie you will see what I mean- it is a bit bizarre.
Sexual preference aside, the story is great! I spent Monday tracking down the 1994 Winona Ryder version ( which coincidently has 2 super heroes in it, Kirsten Dunst aka Spider-man’s love interest Mary Jane and Batman/Christian Bale). The Movie it bit truer to the book, Amy for example is the youngest here, but I am sorry, I don’t like Winona as Jo. Susan Sarandon as Marmee is ridiculous! We are only half way through but will watch th rest tonight.
I am desperate to find the 1933c version with Katherine Hepburn and so far no luck. I don;t think it is good as the 1954 version but will give it a go.
I am re-reading the book AND i have it on my iPod and we listen ( by we I mean me… kids are listening to Rhiannon and Metro Station). I also just spent 2 hours scouring the Internet for more info o anything Little Woman.
I love these classic stories and movies. I the closest answer I can come up with is that it connects me to the person I was when i first saw these movies and the nostalgia is overwhelming.
Sometimes in can fall flat. I tried to to watch the original Tarzan movies with the kids last Summer and it did NOT hold up. Perhaps I built it up to much by my kids looked at my finny for the rest of the day when i told them this was one of the best movies ever! I think was trying to recapturing the feeling I had as kids on lazy Sunday afternoons when my brother and sister and I flopped on the couch and gorged on the silly antics of Tarzan, Cheetah and Jane.
I have put All About Eve on hold at the library and told my daughter that this is one of my favourite movies .. I hope she likes it as much as I do.