ALL NEW: FROM BOOK TO FILM

“The Sterile Cuckoo”

The Sterile Cuckoo, is the 1965 novel by John Nichols. It tells the story of a quirky young couple whose relationship deepens despite their differences. The successful movie adaptation was filmed by Alan J. Pakula in 1969. The film version of the novel was adapted by Alvin Sargent and It starred Liza Minnelli and Wendell Burton. The Sandpipers sing “Come Saturday Morning” which became a Top 10 hit.

Liza Minnelli plays Pookie as an appealing eccentric who gradually cracks up as her hang-ups surface. Pookie is basically interested only in herself — boringly so, at times. But at least she cares enough to make an effort to reach someone else. Pookie fastens herself to Jerry for neurotic reasons, but she chooses the wrong guy.

There’s Miss Minnelli’s justly celebrated telephone scene, during which she begs, pleads and cajoles Jerry in an attempt to salvage their relationship. This scene is considered one of the greatest piece of acting in the history of the movies. It will probably should have won Miss Minnelli an Oscar.

“The Sterile Cuckoo” is not as good as it should have been because it lacks consistency of tone. But parts of it are awfully good, and Miss Minnelli who became a star is one hell of an actress.

Gigi–1958

Gigi is a 1958 American musical and one of my favorite movies.

The film opens with Honoré Lachaille (Maurice Chevalier) who is a members of high society in Paris. Like him his nephew Gaston (Louis Jourdan) is known as a wealthy womanizer who admits he is bored with life. In fact, the one thing Gaston truly enjoys is spending time with the precocious, carefree tomboy Gilberte, aka Gigi (Leslie Caron).

Having not scene her in a few years he realizes suddenly, that she has become a woman whose charms, wit, and personality have sent his head spinning, and comes to the conclusion that he has developed a romantic desire for Gigi.

Both Audrey Hepburn and Leslie Caron starred in the stage version of Gigi and there was a question as to which one would be picked for the movie. Audrey declined the role. The part of Honoré Lachaille was written for Chevalier who sings Oscar winning tune “Thank Heaven for Little Girls”

“We’ll Always Have Paris”

In this episode, the Enterprise respond to a distress call from Dr. Paul Manheim (Rod Loomis). Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) must deal with his former love Jenice (Michelle Phillips), who is now Manheim’s wife.

I thought that Michele Phillips was “incredibly radiant” a Star Trek fan, is better known for being a member of the 1960s group The Mamas & the Papas.

I later read that fans complained of a lack of chemistry between Michelle Phillips and Patrick Stewart, but I personally believed they played it just right. Captain Kirk might take advantage of the situation but Picard never would.

More over the conflicted nature of the Phillips character was committed to her husband but also wanted to see Picard once more. It probably could have been the most romantic episode in the world but it was toned down to fit into a sci-fi episode.

The story of the episode was influenced by the film Casablanca, “We’ll Always Have Paris” is named in reference to the Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman film Casablanca as well as the title of the episode and the love triangle in the story, the Blue Parrot Café from the film is directly mentioned by Captain Picard.

The image of 24th century Paris was a matte painting, Paris, 22 years previously on April 9th, “a warm spring day”, Picard and Jenice use the holodeck to recreate one more encounter at a Paris café, before she returns with her husband to the planet.

What was all the fuss about?

I was not allowed to see Valley of the Dolls  when it first came out. I finally saw it on TV years later and I laughed at how simple it was. And it was but it still went on to be one of the most written about controversial pictures ever made.

Patty Duke’s first adult role against advise.

Judy Garland imploding on the set and getting fired from the movie even though the role was written for her.

Sharon Tate  was murdered by Charles Manson in what became the most notorious Murders in history.

Jackie Susanne number one book becoming the most talked about movie of the decade.

Theme song was huge hit for Dionne Warrick and one of my favorites.

In honor of Patty Duke who passed away last week I thought It might be interesting to take a look at it. Here in pictures is Valley Of The Dolls: