I’m not going to talk here about the odd couple themselves, Oscar and Felix. Frankly, these guys do not dress to impress. But WOWSERS to the Pigeon sisters, Cecily and Gwendolyn! As soon as Gwendolyn walked through the door in that amazing polka dot yellow shift dress with enormous bow, I was smitten. And then Cecily’s lime green capri pants later! Phwoar!
To Sir With Love is as famous now for the title song by Lulu as for the film itself. I’d loved the song for many years, but didn’t see the film until several months ago. Even in 1967 the ‘teacher-inspiring-tough-kids’ theme in movies was hardly new, but it deftly manages to avoid cliché (or at least treads so lightly that you don’t notice).
Once upon a time, I almost watched the film Arabesque (1966). I say ‘almost’ because after about 45 minutes everyone else in the room protested that it was a turkey, and decided to watch something much more high brow (Die Hard). The film was directed by Stanley Donen, who also was responsible for Charade with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. Arabesque is a very similar movie, with the same pros and cons as Charade – great clothes, interesting cinematography, and a light-hearted spy plot with numerous twists, however that is tempered with damp chemistry between the two leads and incredibly wooden dialogue. It also contains the dodgiest ‘fake-Arabs’ you have ever seen.