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Much todo about hot dogs: Hyde Park on Hudson

Thursday, December 13, 2012


How could anyone seduce the President of the United States wearing oxfords, long printed frocks and spinster cardigan sweaters? Even if said President was crippled by polio and the year is 1939.  Yet Margaret "Daisy" Suckley (Laura Linney) dressed thus, became Franklin Delano Roosevelt's (Bill Murray) intimate confident and companion during a major portion of his life.

Daisy being 5th cousin to the Roosevelt family and the only relative available one summer afternoon; was called on by FDR's mother to come make a visit to Hyde Park, her home in Upper State New York, to which her son, The President, often used as an extension to The White House.

Daisy was only told by Mrs. Roosevelt that FDR needed a distraction from the weight of the world. As it turned out, she became a welcome distraction - going from admiring Roosevelt's interest in philately to accompanying him on long drives to becoming a permanent fixture at the house and then much more...


My Oscar vote is divided when it comes to these two recent Presidential performances: Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln and Bill Murray as Franklin Roosevelt. I will say, I was most surprised by Murray's ability to play Roosevelt with such wistfulness, quiet charm, subtle humor and vulnerability; all that Bill Murray-ness that we've known and loved for ages, is suppressed in this performance, allowing a real insight into who the man known as FDR may have been.


Hyde Park on Hudson is mostly told from Daisy's point of view, yet the movie's center revolves around the first visit of the King and Queen of England to America, in hopes that they might persuade the United States into fighting with them against Germany.  It's these scenes with the Royals, Bertie (Samuel West) and Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) that are the most inspired and humorous. However, many of these scenes take place without Daisy being present, so it throws off the storytelling rhythm of the film. I can imagine director Roger Michell and writer Richard Nelson struggled with this dilemma, and in the end decided to abort the narration factor and opt for what would allow for more detail.

I've now seen this King and Queen depicted in 3 films - first, The King's Speech, then, Madonna's W.E (click for T & T post) and now, Hyde Park on Hudson. What's nice about the speech impaired Bertie and the high-browed Elizabeth, is that each time this couple is represented, they are quite close, share much and present a united front.


Here's a snip it of an interview by Edward Douglas with Roger Michell on making Hyde Park on Hudson in light of  The King's Speech:
Michell: Yeah, we started talking about this project probably five or six years ago. This was originally before I did "Morning Glory." In fact, this is a radio play written by Richard Nelson for the BBC, which was broadcast I think about five years ago, so we did, for the record, predate "The King's Speech" by two, three years in terms of starting to get this film developed and getting it funded, etc. Then "The King's Speech" came along and sort of took the world by storm, and it obviously was disquieting for us to see such a good film on such a similar subject do so well... One of the things we did when "The King's Speech" was released to such acclaim and such popularity was to go back and look at our script and readjust our script on the assumption that all the characters in our story had seen "The King's Speech" so that all the information that was contained in that movie we didn't have to retell in this film... we really made this film in spite of "The King's Speech" not because of  it... Although, you could easily argue that "The King's Speech" is a brilliant trailer for "Hyde Park on Hudson." - READ MORE
As for the hot dogs, well... they become quite symbolic in the movie on several levels, but I won't give away too much... everyone should apply mustard to their own wieners.

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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