Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Fitzgeralds for $500, please Alex

As I was surfing around the blogosphere this morning, I came upon a story that Shana was relaying about her mom. And it reminded me of a similar conversation I had with Mama Virgo while we were on vacation last month. Any insight you may be able to lend to this particular question would be most we have Google'd, IMDb'd, and Wikipedia'd for hours using every keyword we can think of and we are only left with 2 possible scenarios:

1. We just haven't searched the right term.
2. Mama Virgo has lost her mind...which is a terrible thing to lose.

Mama Virgo: What are you reading these days?

Me: Oh I finally started reading A Moveable Feast by Hemingway. He focuses on his day-to-day life in Paris and all of the expats he encounters. The stories he tells on them are pretty interesting. Like Zelda Fitzgerald was bonkers. And Scott was really not much better.

MV: That's pretty much how she was portrayed in Midnight in Paris, too. Although there's a movie specifically about her. With Warren Beatty. And somebody else...Debra Winger, maybe?

Me: Really? Let me see if I can find it on Netflix. (opening the app, searching around a bit for all Warren Beatty films. Nothing about Zelda.) What's the name of the movie?

MV: Zelda, I think.

Me: Hmmm....let me look it up in IMDb. (more tapping on my phone as the appetizer of brie and a second glass of wine arrives) Are you sure that's the name of it?

MV: I think so. But definitely Warren Beatty. Look him up.

Me: OK, so it's not Bugsy, Bullworth, Bonnie & Clyde, or Dick Tracy. What about Town and Country?

MV: When did it come out:

Me: Uh...2001?

MV: Definitely not. This movie is from the 70's.

Me: So in the 70's we've got Heaven Can Wait, The Fortune, Shampoo, The Parallax View, some movie with a dollar sign, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and The Only Game in Town. Any of those sound right?

MV: No...

Me: Well, those are your choices.

MV: Maybe they forgot a few.

Me: Mom, it's the Internet Movie Database. It's what they do. It's their thing. They didn't inadvertently delete a few. If it's not listed, then he wasn't in it.

MV: Let me check Wikipedia.

And on and on it went...through the rest of dinner and for another 2 hours back at home. Still...nothing. We can only assume that she watched Tender Is the Night and has, in her feeble mind, exchanged Jason Robards for Warren Beatty.

I have tons of readers who are Mama Virgo's age (let's say 60-ish) and you may be reading this and thinking OH! I know that movie! and if so, please share. Because I would really like to watch it and Mom would really like to start sleeping better.


  1. I have NO idea and my few minutes of googling came up with nothing but info on the new movie The Beautiful and the Damned which will star Kiera Knightley.

    So yeah...


    This isn't it?

  3. I have no idea, but I love a challenge! I will be on this like stink on shit!

  4. This??
    Read the portrayals part...there's a movie called Zelda from 1993?

  5. I got less than zero ideas.
    I wish you luck though...

  6. You have no idea how happy it makes me to know that I'm not the only one in the world who will stop at nothing to figure out the age old question: "What movie/song/actor was that?"

    I hope you figure it out soon! Otherwise, I hear Ambien works well for sleep!


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