A lost, classy culture

I was watching You Were Never Lovelier, and my 12 year old son walked in the room just as Rita Hayworth launched into the song below.  “Pretty?” I asked.  “Beautiful,” he replied, in an awed voice.  For a generation raised on Lady Gaga, this is like watching angels:

Be Sociable, Share!
  • Caped Crusader

    And the modern music has never been better. Born in ’34 and have a huge collection of Big Band era music, can’t get enough.

  • jj

    There is just about no part of Lady Ga-ga I can stomach – but I did discover one thing.  When it’s just her sitting at the piano, this dark-haired little kid Stefani Germanotti is capable of nice stuff.  She’ll never be seen again, of course, but she had promise.

  • FunkyPhD

    Seeing Fred Astaire dance sends a chill down my spine, every single time, and has done for nearly 40 years now.

  • Doug

    She’s OK but she’s no Dianna Durbin.  

    And this is what she sounded like at 15.

  • Gringo

    She’s OK but she’s no Dianna Durbin
    As Rita Hayworth’s singing parts were dubbed in, your point is well taken. I doubt that Dianna Durbin was wearing a mask.

  • BrianE

    I remember reading she resented the studio not using her voice.

    Things certainly changed by the time of Yul Brenner in ‘The King and I’ or Rex Harrison in ‘My Fair Lady’– and more recently Pierce Bronson in ‘Mamma Mia’. That may be the effect of popular music devolving into the trash that passes for music today, or it may be the James Stewart syndrome– men were judged by different standards than women.

    Wow, I think that’s the exact same phrase my parents used about the music I listened to in the 60’s!

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    When you see a woman being feminine and “cute”, it’s a little bit different than the perpetual hate and anger of feminism and “entitlements” and “man hate”, you know.