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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Ol’ Robbo stumbled across Kiss Me, Kate (1953) on TCM last evening. I’m kind of surprised they ran it (because muh sexism) but I came in a bit late, so perhaps missed any trigger-warning language at the beginning.

I’ve long liked this film, although I couldn’t really tell you why. The acting is generally clunky and over the top, and the whole thing has a brash, glaring 50’s feel that rubs me the wrong way. On the other hand, it’s Cole Porter for gosh sakes. Also, even though Ol’ Robbo knows exactly zilch about dancing, I find the choreography to be amazing.

Plus, I like shows about doing shows. Granted, the only other one I can think of off the top of the old bean is “Noises Off” (1992). That was a disappointing movie to me, despite its blockbuster cast. But then, I had been privileged to see an extremely clever stage production once that literally had people falling out of their seats laughing, so perhaps I am somewhat biased.

Oh, and since I’ve brought up the subject, allow me again to recommend here that you hunt down the old Beeb production of “The Taming of the Shrew” (1980) starring John Cleese as Petruchio. (Netflix still has the DVD, I think.)*** He’s really quite good and very well cast for the part. And even though he plays it pretty straight, he also manages to sneak in a Basil Fawlty mannerism or two, which I find hugely enjoyable.

***UPDATE: No, they don’t., not anymore. Sigh…. I realize that I’m probably one of only about half a dozen people left who still use Netflix’s DVD service, but really, their library has gone completely to the hot place in recent years, and I daily expect to hear that they’re planning to cancel the thing altogether. All part of the Great Leap Forward v.2, no doubt.

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