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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 11, 2011 at 3:53 PM

A happy moment, from a happy movie

Slipping out for a three-day weekend (those in my line of work spend a lot of evenings on the job, the upside of which is some Fridays off), and here’s what I can’t get off my mind: “Coriolanus,” the Shakespeare tragedy directed by Ralph Fiennes and starring Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave and current It Girl Jessica Chastain, will be in Toronto next month and in theaters by the end of the year. Judging by the (now yanked) British trailer floating around the Internet earlier this week, it looks artful, somber and impressive. And yet . . . many years ago, I was in a production of “Kiss Me, Kate,” which has a song in it called, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” which has among its lyrics this rhyming gem: “If she says your behavior is heinous / Kick her right in the Coriolanus.” (If you don’t know the song, trust me, it’s funny. It’s running through my head quite happily right now.) Anyway, you see the problem, as Fiennes’ “Coriolanus” is not exactly a laugh riot, nor should it be. I’ll need to work this through.
Anyway. I wanted to kick off the weekend with a nice clip from the top-ranking movie from our “movies that make us happy” discussion from earlier this week. Unfortunately the “Princess Bride” copyright holders seem to be awfully good at suppressing embedding from YouTube, so I’ll settle for a runner-up: Here are Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman, making us smile in “Young Frankenstein.” (Or should I say “Young Fronken-steen.”) Hope your weekend is full of happy moments, onscreen and off.

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