Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Encore’s Birthday Marathon: Day 15

I sort of hate how slavish I am towards (the ghost of) Katharine Hepburn in that I tend to gravitate – at least momentarily – to things she likes. The thing is that her opinions are usually one point. Case in point: Spencer Tracy. I swear, I didn’t care two cents for Spencer Tracy until the memory of Kate invoked his ghost and now he’s one of my favourite screen couple. I immediately think of Tracy/Hepburn when I ruminate on iconic screen couples. It’s not just because of the prolific nature of their onscreen career, though and truthfully it doesn’t matter much that they actually had an enduring offscreen romance. In theory, they seem ill matched. Kate’s much too fantastical and brash and Spencer comes off as placid – almost stolid. But, they’re sort of magical together (proof, proof, proof.)
I can’t think of any cinematic couple to match their electricity except for Dick and Liz. True, they come off much more explosive than the general good-natured sanguine nature of Tracy/Hepburn, but it’s difficult to deny them their histrionics. They’re much more sensual, and it works even if it’s a bit disturbing if you consider what their actually “home” life might have been. The reason I bring this up is because I think of how contemporary Hollywood has eschewed all those great occurrences of real-life couples pairing up (successfully) on screen. I don’t care if I’m one of the few who had legitimate interest in Mr and Mrs Smith I like it for the chance of seeing a real couple on screen. As impersonal as everything is now, Hollywood has sort of lost that irreverence. Which is one of the reasons that I love Vicky Cristina Barcelona even more...
Don’t you wish more real life couples would do movies together? I want another Warren/Annette film. A Will Arnett and Amy Poehler comedy. More Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. What about you?


Simon said...

Not all that relevent, but I want to see Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer in a movie together. I mean, their very marriage is the stuff of fanfiction to begin with.

Uh...David Bowie and Imam? I don't keep up with all the couples these days.

Nicholas Prigge said...

So true, man. So true. Bogart used to smile at Bacall in those films and you KNEW he wasn't faking.

I liked Ethan & Uma in Gattaca, too, so much so that I haven't watched it since the split. I'm scared.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

simon and the fact that you DON'T keep up with them means you're fighting the man like us panderers.

nicholas aaah, gattaca. it does make me a wee bit sad when i watch it to think of that ethan and uma went kaput after such a great flick. (jude law is so fantastic in that.)