An interior, orientalized

11 August 2011

…of the Chinese restaurant, done up in full 1950s Polynesian style, from The Apartment (1960):

It’s where the caddish Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) takes Fran (Shirley MacLaine) to sweep her off her feet, and where she later realizes her true love is C. C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon). She even mistakenly gives Sheldrake an album by this pianist, called Rickshaw Boy. So, when you listen to the orientalized sounds of The Exotica Project — scroll down a coupla posts — think of bars like this.

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4 Responses to “An interior, orientalized”

  1. Z Says:

    OK, I have to see the film. I don’t know if I have gushed here about Wong Kar-wai but the Spanish Professor got me into him and now I am hooked. Meanwhile I think you should see this, it’s opening in Manhattan: http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/08/12/movies/littlerock-directed-by-mike-ott-review.html?smid=tw-nytimesarts&seid=auto

  2. Hattie Says:

    Bad move. Since Jack Lemmon is gay, is he not?

    • Didion Says:

      Heavens no! He’s hopelessly smitten with Shirley MacLaine. It’s a surprisingly dark film for all its lightness, but it’s heterosexual throughout.


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