Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Magic forest dress, great print, though I wonder why the mushrooms are upside down. Small size, about a 24" waist, and a bit pricey at $85, but I think of anything 1950's in good condition as an investment. This dress has a "Sound of Music" quality to it. It needs a matching headscarf and ballet flats. Or perhaps even a contrasting corset or close-fitted vest on top to turn it into a dirndl. It should be worn while strumming the guitar and teaching children how to sing folk songs. Or in a gazebo in the rain for a late night tryst.

Poor Liesl. It was such a shame her boyfriend turned into a Nazi. I hate when that happens. Charmian Carr, who played Liesl von Trapp, has a memoir out "Forever Liesl", along with its follow-up, "Letters to Liesl". Did you know she did that dance scene in the gazebo with a sprained ankle? Not surprisingly, her memoir recounts that the studio didn't pay the kids royalties on the soundtrack, nor adequately compensate them for the years they spent traveling and promoting the film.

For some reason, I thought that Ms. Carr's memoir was about a torrid affair with Christopher Plummer. After all, she was 22 when she sang 16 going on 17, and he was 33 but playing 45. I mean, wasn't there some intensity to their "Eidelweiss" duet? Turns out this is just my fantasy and projection.

I've heard it said that you are either a Sound of Music person, or a Wizard of Oz person. Why can't you have both flying monkeys and singing nuns? What a fabulous movie that would make, or perhaps a novelty print.


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