Film Friday – “Don’t call me stupid.”

 

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Film Fridays is a project initiated by Darren from over at The Arty Plantsman and me.

After doing a daily music challenge for a month last year we talked about doing something similar for movies.

And the current global lockdowns give us the perfect excuse to start!
Many of us are confined to home with only the TV for company so we thought we would start ‘Film Fridays’ so that we can talk about our favourite movies and hopefully give our readers some ideas for things to watch.
We would be delighted if you would join us!
Just tag your post with #FilmFriday and do a pingback to either Darren’s or my posts so that we can can have a look at yours! You can also copy the “Film Friday” poster I came up with.

We don’t necessarily want to talk about the nerdy technical details but more about why these films speak to us as individuals, why they have a place in our hearts, and any personal memories they evoke.

So please join us each friday when we will each be talking about a different movie from our list of favourites!

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If I had to decide to take only one DVD on a desert island with me, from all the films I’ve written about here yet, “A Fish Called Wanda” might very well be the one I’d choose!

It’s incredibly witty, hilarious and a real masterpiece in my mind.

 

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A Fish Called Wanda is a 1988 heist comedy film directed by Charles Crichton and written by John Cleese.

It stars Jamie Lee Curtis playing con artist and femme fatale Wanda Gershwitz, Kevin Kline playing Otto West, a weapons expert and an ignorant and mean-spirited anglophobe, Michael Palin as Ken Pile, an animal lover with a stutter and John Cleese as barrister Archie Leach (which by the way was Cary Grant’s real name).

The film itself is a love story, an exquisitely constructed farce, a crime caper, and a dissertation on the differences between Americans and the British, all at once. Its intricate plot, which revolves around a crew of criminals crossing and double-crossing each other following a diamond heist, involves copious layers of deceit, the unintended assassination of three Yorkshire terriers, one character flattened by a steamroller into wet cement, and likely the most absurd and funniest love scene in cinematic history.

 

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“Volare!”

 

This British-American film was released to positive reviews and was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, and winning Best Supporting Actor for Kline.

In case you haven’t seen this film, or need a refresher here come a few quotes, that I love:

Otto (Kevin Kline, brilliant by the way, absolutely and completely brilliant!):

  • Oh you English are SO superior aren’t you? Well, would you like to know where you’d be without US the good old U.S. of A. to protect you? I’ll tell you. The smallest fucking province in the Russian Empire, that’s where! So DON’T call me stupid, lady. Just THANK me! …If it wasn’t for us, you’d all be speaking German, singing, “Deutschland, Deutschland über alles!”
  • [On finding George has moved the jewels, forestalling his and Wanda’s attempted double-cross] Okay…Okay… DISAPPOINTED!!! Son of a bitch! What do you have to do in this life to make people trust you?!?!…People are always takin’ advantage of me!
  • You pompous, stuck-up, snot-nosed, English, giant, twerp, scumbag, fuck-face, dickhead, asshole!
  • You English! You think you’re so superior, don’t you? Well you’re the filth of the planet! A bunch of pompous, badly dressed, poverty stricken, sexually repressed football hooligans!
  • [repeated] Don’t call me stupid.
  • Oh look, it’s K-K-Ken! C-C-Coming to k-k-kill me! How you gonna c-c-catch me, K-K-Ken?

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[Otto dangling Archie out of a window]

Archie: All right, all right, I apologize.

Otto: You’re really sorry?

Archie: I’m really really sorry. I apologize unreservedly.

Otto: You take it back?

Archie: I do. I offer a complete and utter retraction. The imputation was totally without basis in fact, and was in no way fair comment, and was motivated purely by malice, and I deeply regret any distress that my comments may have caused you or your family, and I hereby undertake not to repeat any such slander at any time in the future.

Otto[thinks a moment] Okay.

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Wanda: But you think you’re an intellectual, don’t you, ape?

Otto[superior smile] Apes don’t read philosophy.

Wanda: Yes they do, Otto, they just don’t understand it! Now let me correct you on a couple things, okay? Aristotle was not Belgian! The central message of Buddhism is not “Every man for himself!” And the London Underground is not a political movement! Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked ’em up. Now. You have just assaulted the one man who can keep you out of jail and make you rich. So what are you going to do about it, huh? What would… an intellectual do? What would Plato do?

Otto[mumbles] Apologize.

Wanda: Pardon me?

Otto[mumbles] Apologize.

Wanda: What?

Otto: Apologize! I’m sorry.

 

 

Okay, I’ll stop now – for your sake, not for mine since I could go on and on and on… well, you get the drift. 😉

 

Wanna tell me your favorite scenes (if you’ve seen the film that is)?

46 thoughts on “Film Friday – “Don’t call me stupid.”

  1. I’d forgotten all about It’s “A Fish Called Wanda,” and yet I loved it when it came out and saw it several times. I’m so glad you reminded me of this hilarious film because I’m going to watch it again.
    Thought I’d mention a movie we saw recently on TV, on one of those shows touting great old films. “The Hudsucker Proxy” stars Paul Newman, Tim Robbins, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It’s about a hugely successful company that decides to dump its stock value after the suicide of its chief executive officer, and majority company stockholder, so the remaining officers can buy back their company for pennies. In order to do this, they hire a naive mail room employee to be the new CEO, expecting him to fumble the company to near bankruptcy. But he’s got his own ideas about how to run a company. The film is a stab in the eye for all the enormous businesses that manipulate stocks and the perception of the public in order to control every thing they can. Trust me – you’ll love it. Think, the perfect toy for kids.

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    • You’re very welcome, Shari, and thanks a lot for pointing out ‘The Hudsucker Proxy’ to me! I haven’t seen that one yet and look very much forward to good laughs and Paul Newman (wasn’t he just gorgeous?). Wishing you a lovely weekend! ❤

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  2. I loved this film Sarah. I haven’t seen it since it was first released, but thought the script and performances were wonderful. Another film to add to my list of “watch again.”

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  3. Don’t forget: there are always exceptions from the rules and I know for sure that you’re not one of them. 😉
    It’s funny, being anglophil doesn’t keep me from laughing when Otto throws a fit. 😁 But I guess if I weren’t, my reaction would be ‘Hell, yes, he’s so right!’ 😂
    I think I can guess which scenes did upset you and I’m sorry my post reminded you if them. But I’m also glad that you enjoyed the rest of the film!
    Hope you’ll be able to recharge your inner batteries over the weekend! Try to play being like Molly – that helps. 😉❤

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    • It does, doesn’t it? Although I can’t stream movies but still rely on DVDs and Blu-Rays. 😂 But the libraries are open again here so there’s no shortage of that. 😄 Have a great weekend!

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  4. OMG. This movie is one of the BEST comedies of all time, this and My Cousin Vinny, are so exquisite – the acting, the writing, the laugh out loud moments that have you in stitches howling. Thank you for the reminder. I’ve got movie homework 😉

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  5. This is one of my favorite comedies! My favorite bit with Otto was when he’d get in that big boat of a car and go careening around corners yelling out the window, “Ass hooooooooooooooooooooooooole!”

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  6. Sarah, you’ve convinced me I’ve gotta see this movie 🙂
    We had just moved to Brazil when this movie was released. In the those early years, we had no extra money for going to the cinema. I saw lots of popular British/American movies, years after their release, on Brazilian TV dubbed in Portuguese. “A Fish called Wanda” was not among them.

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    • Yay! So glad my post makes you want to watch this movie, Rosaliene – you won’t be disappointed, I promise. 😉
      And out of curiosity – do you like the Portuguese synchronized versions of American movies? Whenever I was on holiday in Spain I made an effort to watch movies in Spanish for practice purposes but couldn’t get over the fact that the Spanish voices from synchronization sounded so weird and off. 😂 So I only watched Spanish productions in order to avoid this. Funny though – I don’t have problems with German synchronizations however, well, most of the time at least. 😊

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  7. “You English! You think you’re so superior, don’t you? Well you’re the filth of the planet! A bunch of pompous, badly dressed, poverty stricken, sexually repressed football hooligans!”

    As an Englishman I can confirm that recent events suggest this is broadly accurate. He left out ‘stupid’ and ‘xenophobic’ though 😉

    I have not seen this for years and initially disliked it because a couple of scenes really upset me. 95% of the film is, however, hilarious!

    Sorry about my lack of participation this week. I plead exhaustion 😦

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    • Don’t forget: there are always exceptions from the rules and I know for sure that you’re not one of them. 😍
      It’s funny, being anglophil doesn’t keep me from laughing when Otto throws a fit. 😁 But I guess if I weren’t, my reaction would be ‘Hell, yes, he’s so right!’ 😂
      I think I can guess which scenes did upset you and I’m sorry my post reminded you if them. But I’m also glad that you enjoyed the rest of the film!
      Hope you’ll be able to recharge your inner batteries over the weekend! Try to play being like Molly – that helps. 😉❤

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      • Thank you Sarah and I am thankful not to be the kind of englishman gathering in London today. Right-wing thugs fighting with the police whilst ‘protecting’ the statue of Churchill from BLM protestors who had already cancelled their march. They are also using Nazi salutes whilst protecting the statue of the man who saved England from Hitler. It hurts my brain…..
        Don’t worry – I was not upset by being reminded of those scenes in the movie. I should definitely be more Molls though. Sending a big hug❤

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      • I haven’t heard of that before – how very awful! 😦 Their brains should be the ones hurting with all that stupidity bouncing in their heads…
        Big hug back to you! ❤

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    • Oh! Then you absolutely have to try to get hold of a copy or watch it on YouTube, Chris! It’s brilliant and so funny – perfect distraction material. 😄 Have a wonderful weekend too! Any planned hikes in the woods?

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      • Not much, there’s lots of storms coming our way so I’ll stay in and read a lot – just started reading Kathy Reich’s latest ‘A Conspiracy of Bones’. 😊 Oh, and I’ll throw in 5 minutes of practicing on playing the guitar – more than that and my fingertips will bleed. 😂

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  8. I haven’t seen this movie, Sarah, and now I have to. It sounds hilarious. And I could use a good laugh! Thanks so much for sharing some of the funny moments – a great tease. I hope you’re doing well and getting out a little. Have a lovely Friday and weekend. 🙂

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    • I think you’re going to love this film, Diana! It’s incredibly funny and a very good distraction at the moment. Let me know what you think of it if you get the chance to watch it. 😊
      All’s well here, people are out and about – me too though still being careful. Started learning to play the guitar – how’s that for a cliché?!😂 Hope you and yours are well too and that your muse keeps you busy. 😉❤

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