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October 23, 2005

Tokyo Film Festival and one of the greatest movie lines ever

The Tokyo International Film Festival is in full swing this weekend. One of the features is a James Dean 50th Anniversary tribute, so all of the classic films he was in are being shown. I opted for "Rebel Without A Cause"...as you will see, it was an inspired choice.

James Dean has a special place in American film history - he died young, which always helps - and he was considered the cool up-and-coming presence. One of his co-stars was a young Dennis Hopper, looking much different in his pre-Easy Rider days. Another co-star in "Rebel..." was Natalie Wood, who also died young and in questionable circumstances. Because of this, the films they were in take on a whole new significance...they become bigger than they otherwise would have.

I won't bore you with the details of the movie. It was good, but not great, and there was some holes in the plot you could drive a truck through. But I will forgive all of this after hearing one of the best movie lines ever...

In the scene, Natalie Wood is walking away from James Dean. There is some tension between them as they obviously care for each other, but earlier in the day her boyfriend had died in a car race that James Dean had won. You can imagine it is a bit awkward.

As she leaves, he takes out a makeup compact that she had lost the first time they met and moves to return it to her. He opens it, holds up the mirror and says "Judy...would you like to see a monkey?". . There was even a blurred camera shot of her reflection in the mirror. I am still laughing.

I only wish I had said it first. NOW I know why people like him so much.

Posted by Kirk on October 23, 2005 09:22 PM


I love movies!! I envy you.....

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Posted by: Al at October 25, 2005 05:40 PM

Sugoi!! Happy Birthday, Kirk!

Sorry to've missed it. Sunday found me face down somewhere in Shibuya...At least I think it was Shibuya. Could've just been a bad dream.

Are you doing the Mooooovie fest?

Posted by: tokyorosa at October 26, 2005 08:03 AM

Thank you! I also missed my birthday in a way. I met a friend who was leaving Japan for a few drinks. Ha ha...I mean "few"in the Roppongi sense. I have been on the straight and narrow ever since.

I would like to go to more of the movies, but I am on this wicked schedule for work this week. Basically I spend all day at the office, go home, sleep and do it again the next day. Hence...no blog entries about myself.

Posted by: kirk at October 26, 2005 09:01 AM