I’ll wrap up this week of quotations and some life lessons with a few last notes and the screenshot above from a favorite scene in Garland’s final MGM film. These sweet and resonant moments captured in dialog transcend simplistic categories yet, to quote Joe Ross in Summer Stock, are “kinda nice.” For all of these moments, for all of the lessons, for all that this amazing performer and her movies continue to give, I give thanks every day.
Lesson 17: If you pay attention, you may anticipate the future.
“In the night, every night, we’ve known somehow it would come to this.”
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Irene Hoffman Wallner to Hugo Wallner
Lesson 18. Communicating through song doesn’t need rationalization. It just is. And it’s kinda nice.
Joe: “We’re trying to tell a story with music, and song, and dance, not just with words. For instance, if the boy tells the girl he loves her, he doesn’t just say it, he sings it.”
Jane: “Why doesn’t he just say it?”
Joe: “Why? Oh, I don’t know. But, it’s kinda nice. “
Summer Stock (1950), Joe Ross and Jane Falbury
© Martha Wade Steketee (November 27, 2009)