Saturday, January 3, 2015
This Has Not Been a Filmways Presentation, Darling
That there is a sound of my childhood, RIP Donna Douglas. She was never a crush of mine no matter how many times CBS put her in a one-piece bathing suit down by the cement pond, but that This Has Been a Filmways Presentation evokes waves of nostalgia. I've written before about how much the toggle from black & white television to color television when I was six or seven affected my, for lack of a better word, psyche. I do know that to this day seeing the spectacle of a black & white Get Smart beats the spectacle of a color Get Smart regardless of the actual quality of the individual episode. Last week, flipping channels in middle of night when I couldn't sleep, I stumbled on a World War Two in Color. The particular episode covered the days of Nazi Germany's highwater, after the conquest of France, before the invasion of the USSR, showed Wehrmacht marches and wild civilian celebrations of conquest in primary colors, not countless blacks, greys, and whites. My internal footage of World War Two is in black & white with Laurence Olivier narrating. I changed the channel.
Below is Eva Gabor's. UPDATE! At first I condemned Eva's for being in color, my assumption that Donna Douglas' was in black and white my imagination. Fine metaphors abound.