Friday, February 13, 2009
Fabulous new discovery: the Internet Movie Car Database. Par example: it lists all of the cars in North by Northwest including Eve's with the famous slanted headlights. Remember? Remeber when Eve (Eva Marie Saint) fired blanks into Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) in the Mount Rushmore cafeteria? She drives her white 1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III convertible through a Freudian birch tree forest for a final farewell with Roger because the spies she is counter-spying on are going to fly in a small plane to the "other side" (some pre-glasnost Eastern European country) from South Dakota. "Why Leonard, I think you're jealous." Remember this trick if you're ever trapped upstairs in a pseudo Frank Lloyd Wright House. Have a matchbook handy. Write a message on it with a tiny, expensive pen and toss it over the interior balcony onto the high-shag carpet below. Leonard, being fastidious, will pick up the book off the carpet and drop it on the coffee table in front of Eva Marie Saint. James Mason will bite his fist.