Friday, March 15, 2013

I've Been Liebstered!

Aurora of Once upon a screen... has forwarded the Liebster Award to the little corner of the blogosphere claimed by Caftan Woman.  I am suitably chuffed and hopelessly embarrassed.  The honour includes the answering of questions and the forwarding of the award.  Well, I don't mind so much talking about myself (Ha!), but I'm on the fence about the forwarding.  I rather feel like I do when putting off a phone call because it might not be the right time and you don't want to interrupt someone if they are busy with something else.  Also, there is that feeling of somehow slighting someone unintentionally.  I would like to sincerely thank Aurora for thinking of me, and to direct anyone clicking on this post to check my blog list to the right or click on the CMBA symbol wherein you will find bloggers of taste, intelligence, wit and style whom I liebe unconditionally.


1.  Why do you blog?

"It is to preserve a way of life that one knew and loved."

Mr. Fezziwig in the 1951 film of Dicken's A Christmas Carol when he answers Mr. Dorkin's query as to why you build up a business if it isn't for money expresses my feelings about blogging.

2.  What was your “best” filmgoing experience?

One of the best was seeing Sunset Blvd. on the big screen last year with my daughter.  It was her first viewing and she was enthralled.  I couldn't have been more thrilled if I'd been Billy Wilder. 

3.  What classic film would you absolutely love to watch on the big screen and why?

William Wyler's The Big Country is tops on my big screen wish list.  I have seen the movie many times, but I just know that I haven't really seen it until I can enjoy the grandeur and scope of the location combined with Jerome Moross' score in a theatre. 

4.  You’re having a dinner party and your list of guests include five classic film personalities/stars/directors – who’s on your list?

Composer Harry Warren doesn`t mind sitting at the piano after dinner so we can sing along to his Oscar winning and nominated songs such as You`ll Never Know, That`s Amore, I Only Have Eyes for You and We`re in the Money.

Keye Luke will share stories about the Charlie Chan movies.  I love the Charlie Chan movies.

Alice Faye will be there because Harry Warren loved her singing his songs and she seemed like a grand gal.

It would be a thrill to have screenwriter Frances Marion at my table.

It would be a pleasure to have Boris Karloff as a guest.

5.  What is your ideal day off?

A stroll by a lake.  Live music.  Good food.  Lots of laughs.  A favourite movie or two or three.  Like-minded companions.

6. You can have a half-hour conversation with any fictional character. Who do you choose? Why?

I would like to catch up with my childhood companion, Nancy Drew.

7.  Your favorite movie monster is?

The world's most incurable romantic, Imhotep.

8.  If you could choose to live in a house/apartment featured in a film or television show, which would it be?

The Greenwich Village apartment Loretta Young and Brian Aherne move into in 1942s A Night to Remember.  It used to be a speakeasy!

9.  Name one thing you would have on your bucket list.

Travel.  I haven't done enough.

10.  Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie?

I Dream of Jeannie.  Unremitting silliness.  I like that.

11.  Favorite film decade and why?

Probably the 1940s.  The films I return to most often are from that turbulent yet creative period.


  1. Congrats on being "Liebstered"! I would love to join you and the dinner party guests you've named.

  2. You would certainly be a most welcome addition to the party.

  3. Congratulations Caftan Woman! Well deserved - and I loved your answers for the "interview."

  4. Thanks so much, Christian. It's funny how those questions get you to thinking. I bet you'd put together a swell affair.

  5. SUNSET BOULEVARD was the movie that got me into classic movies. I envy your daughter seeing it fresh.

  6. Rich, it's such a treat to see old favourite through my daughter's eyes. Her reaction to "Laura" and "Witness for the Prosecution" have become family legend.

  7. "The world's most incurable romantic..." Bahhahahahhaaa.

  8. If nothing else, you must admit he's ardent.

  9. Congrats on your award, always cool to find out more about the people behind the blog.



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