Meet cute Monday #2

The 1939 film Ninotchka starred Greta Garbo as a Russian envoy (Nina ‘Ninotchka’ Yakushova) sent to Paris to curb the excesses of fellow Russians there and once there she meets the ‘corrupter’ of these Russians, Count Leon d’Algout, played by Melvyn Douglas.

In 1930, Greta Garbo’s first talking picture (Anna Christie) was released and the headlines exclaimed, “Garbo Talks!”. In 1939 the headlines exclaimed “Garbo Laughs!” for Ninotchka.

She’s dead serious in the movie until the moment in the picture above and it’s quite delightful to see that thaw, in that scene and what comes after. The scene when she is all dressed up and a little drunk after a party is just pure class! The movie is really worth a watch if you ever come across it.

Meet cute Monday #1

In reference to yesterday’s post, I figured that I’d post the meet cutes that I have been collecting on Mondays. Meet cute Monday sounds better than Meet cute Sunday, after all – the alliteration just feels right.

So, here is the first meet cute Monday: a clip from Woman of the Year from 1942 starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy where both play reporters (he does sports, she does international affairs)…

Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy met each other on this movie. A little tidbit off Wikipedia:

Woman of the Year was the first of nine films Hepburn and Tracy made together. They met for the first time on the shoot. In the 1993 documentary Katharine Hepburn: All About Me, Hepburn herself says she was wearing high heels at the first meeting with Tracy and producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and said “I’m afraid I’m a bit tall for you, Mr. Tracy”. Mankiewicz then responded, “Don’t worry, Kate, he’ll cut you down to size.” It was during the filming of Woman of the Year that Hepburn and Tracy became romantically involved – a relationship that lasted until Tracy’s death in 1967.

I like to think that the scene I shared above with Katharine fixing her stockings and Spencer checking out her longs legs might be taken from real life…

Meet cute

According to the online Cambridge dictionary a “meet cute” is defined as:

(in a film, etc.) a humorous or interesting situation in which two people meet, that leads to them developing a romantic relationship with each other

I completely love a good meet cute in a movie. I was searching for a few the other day (how I came to do so doesn’t really matter) but they never seem to show them quite how I want them, i.e. they only show a small part or I can’t find them as a scene as such. So, I decided to open an Instagram account and share some meet cutes in movies and on TV that I like! Not sure how long I will be able to keep up posting meet cutes but this past weekend I posted three as a test and it’s fun, so I’ll be continuing this for a little while at least.

I started with a Ronald Colman one from the 1931 movie Arrowsmith:

… followed by the wonderful meet cute from one of my fave movies ever, Roman Holiday

This evening I posted a third from the 2011 movie The Adjustment Bureau which has one of my fave meet cutes ever.

Well, I say this is one of my favourites but I have so many that I love! And so I will keep exploring and collecting them on my new Instagram account and will link to them here on blog as well. Posting 3 meet cutes may be a bit of initial overkill. I already have more clips lined up, but will post them another time. Maybe I will make this a “Meet Cute Sunday” item on my blog? We’ll see where this little journey will take me…

My boss’s office

Working in my boss’s office today on the 10th floor and this is my view (in a panorama picture).

Pictures never do these things justice but it’s really cool! With a little bit of sleuthing you can even guess with this view in what city I work.