Wanderlust is gonna fucking kill me. Curse you TiVo (and of course, bless you!) for recording Samantha Brown chirping her way across Spain, Madrid specifically. Samantha really is kinda cute cute, isn't she? In a woodland creature kind of way. But I could do her job better with Esteban tied behind my back. Lord, I just wanna spend a day wandering around the Prado. Come with?Part of it (the wanderlust) is my own damn fault. I ordered Mr. TiVo to record Three Coins in the Fountain. The fountain in question is the Trevi, of course, and I was in love with this movie from the opening tableau of ALL the fountains of Rome. Then when that cad Prince Dino de Cessi shows up, played by a young and yummy Louis Jourdan, I was really hooked. His performance almost makes me forget his campy turn as Count Dracula. Almost. His Dracula is actually worth catching, if only for the scene where he crawls up the castle wall. Instead of actual crawling, though, he busts out a spastic fish out of water-esque flopping move. A hoot. But back to Three Coins , there is the memorable line near the end that seals it for me. The line that hearkens to the theme that I've been revisiting lo these many months. It's uttered by Dorothy McGuire as Miss Frances, the loyal secretary who's secretly in love with her boss, the famous author John Frederick Shadwell (Clifton Webb). When her hopes of finally having a future with him are dashed by his diagnosis with a terminal illness, she drunkenly exhorts a young boy playing with his toy boat on the edge of a fountain: "Bambino! Don't hug the shore with it. Be reckless! You've got your whole life ahead of you. See what the world is like!" Indeed.
Anyway, summer vacation anyone? Where shall we go?