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Ten Things I've Learned at the Movies, From Slicing Garlic with a Razorblade to Applying Lipstick

by Carrie Rickey
March 6, 2013 12:37 PM
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Jean Seberg in "Bonjour Tristesse"
Jean Seberg in "Bonjour Tristesse"

Who says movies aren’t educational? I’ve learned a lot, frivolous and otherwise, while watching the big screen:

1) That everyone should have his/her own theme music ("Dr. Zhivago," "I’m Gonna Git You Sucka")

2) How to brown mushrooms, (do not crowd skillet), brown meat (pat it dry first) and chop onions ("Julie & Julia")

3) How to crack an egg (decisive wrist action) ("Sabrina")

4) How to make gnocchi  ("The Godfather," "Part III")

5) How best to slice garlic (with a razor blade) ("GoodFellas")

6) How to modernize a frock by ripping off frou-frou ("A Letter to Three Wives," "Bells Are Ringing")

7) How to apply lipstick ("Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?," "Bonjour Tristesse," "Lost in Translation")

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  • spassky | March 6, 2013 2:07 PMReply

    This is some of the best writing Carrie Rickey has ever done -- i.e. not very much of it.

  • rgm | March 6, 2013 1:41 PMReply

    What Carrie Rickey is not mentioning is that the movies taught a whole generation to smoke. From the" sophisticated" black and white comedies of the 1930s, to the serious '40s -- i.e. "Now Voyager," of 1942, where we were tutored in "cigaretiquette" right along with Bette Davis, --- then onward, through the technicolor '50s, the "action" '60s….. until, the first, shocking Surgeon General's report of 1964.

    And then, of course, there was drinking…."shaken not stirred"

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