Monday, November 22, 2010

Battle of The Oscar Stars: Best Picture 1955

To try to get me in the mood for writing a little blurb about Marty, I have been playing The Shirelles for the last little bit. Old timey love songs are just the kind of soundtrack to talk about an endearing movie like this one.

Ernest Borgnine plays Marty, a 30-something butcher who feels like he will forever be a bachelor. All his siblings are married and he is left living with his mom.

Everyone around him bothers him with things like, "Hey Marty, why ain't you married yet Marty, huh, huh?"(It's NYC, they talk like that). Truth is, he would love to find a nice girl to be with, but sad story, after years of rejection he hasn't found her yet. Cue, Clara (Betsy Blair) a school teacher, who may finally be the girls of Marty's dreams.

With the wind howling and the temperature at 9 degrees, what I needed was a charming story to occupy my time snuggling up on the couch with some soup. That is exactly what I got, and I had quite an enjoyable afternoon.

Cocktail party trivia time: What is the only movie to win both the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or (Best Picture) and The Academy Award for Best Picture? That's right; Marty! It was beloved internationally in the year of its release; it's just that good.

Movies like Marty are my favorite; they are simple, well written stories, that follow just a snip-it of a person's life. And come on, don't we all just want to find a Marty?

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