Today’s Morning Edition featured DVD recommendations by “Eve’s Bayou” director Kasi Lemmons.
The sexy part is that she recommends “Last Tango in Paris” as a film she can watch over and over again.
The really sexy part is that she and Steve Inskeep don’t talk about that piece of cinema history in ways that indicate exactly how controversial it is. This could lead to some extremely humorous moments if naive NPR listeners (are there any?) bring that movie home knowing nothing more than what is said in the segment, such as Lemmons’ heartwarming travelogue description “It’s the music and the mood and Paris…Marlon Brando talking to his dead wife.”
Now, Dear Reader(s), I don’t know if you’ve experienced this film, but, if you have, I’ll bet the scene that’s stuck to the roof of your mind has a lot more to do with Marlon Brando talking to his very, very alive lover about, shall we say, pork products, while he, uhhhm, busies himself with a dairy product.
Or maybe Kasi and Steve just assume that all NPR listeners, upper-middlebrow(c)(tm)Airbag Moments as we are, must be familiar enough with Last Tango to not need any warning. And perhaps they are correct.
But what about the people listening to Morning Edition for the first time because they themselves are featured in the story about “a new kind of Sunday school, where families from a range of religions gather to learn about helpfulness, obedience, service and friendliness?”
What if those folks stuck around to hear the movie tips?!?!
Enjoy the film, families of many faiths! Use it as a teachable moment to instruct your kids about what helpfulness, obedience, service and friendliness meant in the seventies.
Today’s sexy moment runner-up (for sophomores only):
Steve Kuhn’s helpfully “Now I’m awake!” opening to his story about North Korea:
“In his February 25th inauguration speech Lee Myung-bak dangled a big, fat carrot in front of North Korea.”