Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Pop's House

Palo Alto's women's bar Pop's House recently held a Barbara Bel Geddes costume party with many Midges and Miss Ellies in evidence. The peninsula is obsessed with Vertigo. Makes me think back to the film's 50th anniversary symposium at the Stanford Humanities Center. One of the papers presented was Mythological Themes in Hitchcock's Vertigo (c) Peter Y. Chou, WisdomPortal.com, to whom we owe the Midge frames in our previous post.

The silk, blue-green wrap the faux Madelaine is wearing on the set of Ernie's restaurant as she dines with Gavin is to die for. The wrap is very John Singer Sargent, but her back is Ingres. Speaking of Ingres' backs there is a scene towards the end of As Good As It Gets where Helen Hunt is about to go into the tub and a struggling artist (Greg Kinnear) says, "Wait a minute! Hold it there." He proceeds to sketch her and his career is changed forever.


LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I used to go to Tad's Steaks for the flocked red wallpaper which I thought was a white trash homage to Ernie's. I would only order iced tea and none of their toxic food. After their "remodel" I refuse to go. Mel's Diner has iced tea.

Steve said...

... and Clifton's Cafeteria has flocked red wallpaper.