“Toto, I’ve a sense we’re not in Kansas anymore,” Dorothy says within the “Wizard of Oz.”
Who doesn’t really feel like Dorothy lately? The coronavirus has wreaked a lot havoc, we don’t know what hit us. Solely that we’re positively not in Kansas anymore.
There’s no escaping this scary, six-feet-apart new regular. But, I discover myself in search of some consolation, diversion and connection. As has occurred for me at different tough instances in my life, this search has led me to the films. Particularly, basic motion pictures. Because of streaming, even caught at residence, I can hang around with Margo Channing, be part of Dorothy and her friends in Ozand take a look at Alfred Hitchcock’s soirees.
I’m removed from alone in turning to motion pictures for comfort, commiseration and laughter. Particularly, amongst LGBTQ folks. Because it’s typically been stated, Hollywood wouldn’t exist with out us.
Tinsel City classics from “Now Voyager” to “Pillow Discuss” are embedded within the DNA of many people within the queer group. Their divas from Bette to Judy, camp, music, wit, and, generally, even uplift, have saved our spirits alive throughout instances of unspeakable ache and terror.
Throughout the top of the AIDS epidemic, I visited a detailed good friend fairly unwell with AIDS in a New York Metropolis hospital. I knew it was doubtless the final time I’d see him and thought we’d say a tearful goodbye. As a substitute, we laughed as we recited our favourite traces from “No matter Occurred to Child Jane?” “Blanche, you aren’t ever going to promote this home and also you aren’t ever gonna go away it,” was the very last thing my buddy stated to me.
Just lately, I FaceTimed with a good friend from the UK. She’s in her 70s and has underlying well being situations. You’d assume that she would have talked about her worries about getting sick or her issues with getting meals whereas dwelling below a lockdown. As a substitute, her first phrases to me had been, “It’s about time the piano realized it has not written the concerto!” from “All About Eve.”
Whether or not you’re 18 or 80, if you wish to lockdown your COVID-19 nervousness (at the least for two hours, 18 minutes) watch “All About Eve.” The enduring 1950 movie (starring Bette Davis, written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz) is streaming on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play and Vudu. From Margo Channing warning us to lock our seatbelts to Addison DeWitt, “Eve,” one of many queerest motion pictures ever made, will take you far, far-off from the coronavirus disaster. To counterpoint your momentary escape from COVID-19 fear, take a look at the riveting e book about “All About Eve” by Sam Stagg.
Bette is fab! However, I’m additionally turning to different divas throughout this pandemic. Who, greater than Judy, offers us extra resilience to maintain going – whilst our world appears about to finish? I really feel reassured as I watch “The Wizard of Oz” at residence alone, lacking my associates and fam. I do know that there might be laborious, grey instances forward, however that there might be technicolor additional on down the highway. “‘Oz’ is streaming on a number of platforms, together with YouTube, iTunes and Amazon.
COVID-19’s made me hungry for homicide, suspense, witty dialogue and lovely hats. I’ve discovered all this and extra in Hitchcock motion pictures from “The Man Who Knew Too A lot” to “Rear Window” to “Rope.” I held my breath as Doris Day tried to achieve her kidnapped younger son by singing “Que Sera, Sera.” Thelma Ritter’s wisecracks in “Rear Window” made me snort out loud. I drank a glass of bubbly because the impeccably dressed company bantered on the celebration thrown within the swanky mid-century condo of the cold-blooded murderers in “Rope.” These Hitchcock movies are streaming on Amazon Prime.
When you have suggestions for motion pictures to assist us deal with the coronavirus, Tweet me @UppityBlindGirl.
Kathi Wolfe, a author and a poet, is a daily contributor to the Blade.